|TAMAZAWA SAIJIRď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: K˘ch˘
Master: Tamazawa Rin'ya
11th lunar month of 1734: Saijir˘ became wakaonnagata and played at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ganoko Secchű no Tamatori", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1737: Saijir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Takakura-no-Miya in the kaomise program "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII; the others stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Tsuruya Nanboku II.
1st lunar month of 1738: Saijir˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Ukematsuri Manbai Soga"; his stage partner in the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover) was Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I. According to the chronicles, the performance was not a success.
11th lunar month of 1740: Saijir˘ plays moved to the Nakamuraza and played the role of the nyűd˘ Sagami's daughter in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘.
1st lunar month of 1741: Saijir˘ played in the same theater the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora in the new year sogamono drama "Na no Hana Akebono no Soga"; his stage partners in the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari (Tora's lover), Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ (Gor˘'s lover) were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I and Arashi Tominosuke I.
11th lunar month of 1742: Saijir˘ played at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Furisode Shinoda no Zuma", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Onoe Kikugor˘ I; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Band˘ Matatar˘ III, Nakajima Mihoemon I, Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Sanogawa Senz˘, Ichikawa Raiz˘ I, Sawamura Utagiku and Ichimura Manz˘.
Tamazawa Saijir˘ I was an onnagata actor, who made all his career in Edo during the first half of the 18th century. He excelled in the role of the courtesan ďiso no Tora (sogamono). He was very handsome and was popular among the female audience. One hy˘banki writer wrote in 1742: "For this person, I could cut my finger or die".
Tamazawa Saijir˘ I at the Moritaza in the 11th lunar month of 1750
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