Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ???


Master: Tamagawa Sennoj˘ I

Adoptive father: Takii Sanzabur˘


1653: this native from Ky˘to starts his career in Edo as a disciple of Tamagawa Sennoj˘ I, who gives him the name of Tamagawa Shuzen I.

1664: Ichimura Takenoj˘ I becomes the zamoto of the Ichimuraza. As he is only 10 years old, Shuzen helps him to produce Kabuki performances.

1665: he is adopted by Murayama Matasabur˘ I's adopted son Takii Sanzabur˘, who has no heir.

4th lunar month of 1667: Shuzen plays in "Hakken Jaya", which is produced in Edo by Band˘ Matakur˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1669: Shuzen plays at the Ichimuraza in "Sayo no Nakayama"; his stage partner are Band˘ Matakur˘ I, Suzuki Heiemon, Yoshimura Kichibei and Mann˘ Gorobei.

1670 ~ 1671: Shuzen works as the zamoto of the Tamagawaza.

Beginning of the 1670s: Shuzen retires from the Kabuki world and takes the tonsure. As a buddhist monk, he is called Kaken.


Tamagawa Shuzen I was trained as an onnagata by the great star Tamagawa Sennoj˘ I. He followed in the footsteps of his master and was said to be a great dancer, especially in the "Dance of the Fan".

Tamagawa Shuzen I

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