TOMIZAWA TATSUJ█Rď

Stage names:

Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘ In Japanese
Tomizawa Tatsunosuke In Japanese

Guild: Hiranoya

Poetry name: Renjű

Existence: ??? ~ 19th day of the 8th lunar month of 1777 [1]

Connection:

Master: Tomizawa Chiyonosuke

Disciple: Tomizawa Edoz˘

Career:

1720: disciple of Tomizawa Chiyonosuke, he started his career as an iroko in ďsaka. His first stage name is Tomizawa Tatsunosuke.

11th lunar month of 1723: Tatsunosuke becomes wakaonnagata and plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of the keisei Miyoshi in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Hanagata", which is produced by Arashi San'emon III and welcomes in ďsaka the Edo actor ďtani Hiroji I.

Fall 1728: Tatsunosuke goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1728: Tatsunosuke plays at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater (Ky˘to) the role of Princess Wakamatsu in the kaomise drama "Tokiwagura Kogane no Ishizue", which is produced by Tamiya Hannosuke.

1732: tour in Nagoya.

Fall 1738: Tatsunosuke and Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I go together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1738: Tatsunosuke performs at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Momiji Kagemasa".

11th lunar month of 1740: he becomes jitsuaku, takes the name of Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘ and performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1741: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is one black stroke below j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1741: Tatsujűr˘ becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Bingo no Sabur˘ in Hayakawa Denshir˘'s kaomise drama "En'ya Hangan Koky˘ no Nishiki", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakayama Shinkur˘ I; his others main stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1742: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1742: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Otoha Kamonnosuke in the kaomise drama "Furisode Shinoda no Zuma", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I; his stage partners are Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Band˘ Matatar˘ III, Nakajima Mihoemon I, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Sanogawa Senz˘, Tamazawa Saijir˘ I, Sawamura Utagiku and Ichimura Manz˘.

1st lunar month of 1743: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1743: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Oyamada Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Ishizue Taiheiki", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the actors Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Tamiya Jűzabur˘ I and Segawa Somematsu.

11th lunar month of 1744: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Moritaza, where he plays the role of Sasano Saiz˘ in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Bandai no Watamashi".

11th lunar month of 1745: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the kaomise drama "Chiky˘dai Izu Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1746: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Matsudo Takenori in the kaomise drama "ďtorii Gojűshigun".

11th lunar month of 1747: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of H˘j˘ no Yasutoki in the kaomise drama "Aruji M˘ke Onna Hachinoki".

11th lunar month of 1748: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Bingo no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Fuyu Botan Yoshino Dairi", which celebrates the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Tatsujűr˘ plays the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke and Hara G˘emon.

11th lunar month of 1749: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Tezuka no Tar˘ in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Bijo Kurabe Kiso no Kakehashi", which celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1750: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" is produced at the Moritaza for the first time; Tatsujűr˘ plays the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ [casting].

11th lunar month of 1750: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Hatsuyuki Reijin no Sode".

11th lunar month of 1751: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Moritaza in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Aizuchi Jűnidan", which celebrates the shűmei of Morita Kan'ya VI and Tsuyama Yűz˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1752: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which is staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Tatsujűr˘ plays the role of Satsuma-no-Kami Tadanori [casting].

11th lunar month of 1752: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Nakamuraza after 8 seasons spent at the Moritaza; he performs in the kaomise drama "Akazawayama Sum˘ Nikki".

11th lunar month of 1753: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Oyamada Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Hyakumanki Tsuwamono Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Masuz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1754: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Soga no Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Tatsujűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Dait˘nai (in reality R˘ikkan) in the new year sogamono "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

11th lunar month of 1755: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Watanabe Ki˘ in the kaomise drama "Arigatashi Yunzei Genji" [print]; his stage partners are Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I, Nakajima Mihoemon I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II, Miyazaki Jűshir˘ II, Matsushima Moheiji, Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Osagawa Tsuneyo I, Nakamura Denkur˘ II and Yamashita Kinsaku II.

1st lunar month of 1756: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is only one black stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1756: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Moritaza, where he plays the role of Ari˘maru in the kaomise drama "Manazuru Heike Monogatari", which celebrates the shűmei of Agemaki Rin'ya.

11th lunar month of 1757: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Izumi no Kojir˘ in the kaomise drama "Ikioi Wada Gassen".

11th lunar month of 1758: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Akazawa Genjiyama".

11th lunar month of 1759: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Toki Tsukaze Heike Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1760: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is back to two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1761: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Mison˘ Banzei no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1762: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1762: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "T˘zai T˘zai Wagakuni no Umeyashiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Matahachi II.

1st lunar month of 1763: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1763: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara", which is staged at the Moritaza; Tatsujűr˘ plays the role of Taira no Kenj˘ Naokata [casting|illustrations].

11th lunar month of 1763: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Ichimuraza, where he plays the role of Bingo no Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Shikai Nami Yawaragi Taiheiki".

5th lunar month of 1764: Tatsujűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Enju and Shigetada in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".

7th lunar month of 1764: Tatsujűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Date no Yosobei in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1764: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Wakaki no Hana Suma no Hatsuyuki", which celebrates the shűmei of Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III.

11th lunar month of 1765: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Furitsumu Hana Nidai Genji".

9th lunar month of 1766: Tatsujűr˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Yoichibŕ's ny˘b˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged to celebrate the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1766: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Umezu Kamon in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Tsuitachi".

1st lunar month of 1767: Tatsujűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of the mother of the Soga Brothers in the new year sogamono "Soga Yawaragi Soga"; the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune are played by Ichimura Uzaemon IX and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1767: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Moritaza, where he performs in the kaomise drama "Sanada no Yoichi Banjaku no Iezuto", which celebrates the shűmei of Sanogawa Ichimatsu II and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Yamashita Ky˘nosuke.

11th lunar month of 1768: Tatsujűr˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Mutsuchidori Meika no Yumitori".

11th lunar month of 1769: Tatsujűr˘ becomes zagashira and performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Na ni Takashi Kumoi no Yumihari", which welcomes in Edo the actors Yamashita Kinsaku II and Kasaya Matakur˘ II (who also celebrates his shűmei) and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ IV.

9th lunar month of 1770: Chikamatsu Hanji's 1759 puppet theater drama "Hidakagawa Iriai Zakura" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Tatsujűr˘ plays the role of Manago no Sh˘ji [casting].

11th lunar month of 1770: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Ichimuraza, where he plays the roles of ďmi no Kot˘ta and T˘kur˘ Morinaga in the kaomise drama "Meoto Giku Izu no Kisewata", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata star Arashi Sangor˘ II and celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Band˘ Sanpachi II and Segawa Kichiji III.

11th lunar month of 1771: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Moritaza, where he plays the role of the kanpaku Michinaga in the kaomise drama "Fukikaete Tsuki no Yoshiwara", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Jűz˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1772: Tatsujűr˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Naniwa no Jir˘ (in reality the priest Mongaku) and Sanmi Toshinari in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Sawamura Kijűr˘ II and Mikuni Fujigor˘.

11th lunar month of 1773: Tatsujűr˘ moves to the Ichimuraza, where he becomes jitsuaku and performs in the kaomise drama "Kaeri Kiso Kigoto no Hatsumono", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1774: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is only one black stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He also becomes t˘dori at the Ichimuraza.

5th lunar month of 1775: Tatsujűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Keijuin in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

7th lunar month of 1776: Tatsujűr˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kakuju in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1776: Tatsujűr˘ plays [2] at the Ichimuraza of Ono no Yoshizane in the kaomise drama "Sugata no Hana Yuki no Kuronushi".

1st lunar month of 1777: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He appears on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he plays the roles of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Toshinari in the new year sogamono "Tsukisenu Haru Hagoromo Soga. He falls ill afterwards and has to retire.

19th day of the 8th lunar month of 1777 [1]: Tatsujűr˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘ was a talented and popular actor, who was active from 1720 to 1777. He was born and trained in Kamigata where he performed between 1720 and 1738 before definitively settling in Edo and making a fame for himself for almost 4 decades in the Edo Sanza (especially the Moritaza where he spent 20 seasons)! He was said to act on stage like Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I. He was outstanding in jitsugoto roles. In his latter years, he was an excellent fukeyaku actor. He also successfully performed fukeoyama roles like Kakuju in "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". It is also worthy to note that he quickly became j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (in 1743) but he never achieved to receive the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi ranking although he was many years only one stroke below.

Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘ in a print made in 1770 by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ for the Ehon Butai ďgi series of prints

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu II in 1755

[1] the 19th day of the 8th lunar month of the 6th year of the An'ei era was the 20th of September 1777 in the western calendar.

[2] he did not appear on stage for the 1774 and 1775 kaomise at the Ichimuraza but he occasionally performed during each season.

 
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