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 was Tomizawa Tatsunosuke.

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

Fall 1728: Tatsunosuke went to Ky˘to.

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

1732: tour in Nagoya.

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

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

11th lunar month of 1740: he became jitsuaku, took the name of Tomizawa Tatsujűr˘ and performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Miya Bashira Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ III.

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

11th lunar month of 1741: Tatsujűr˘ became tachiyaku and played at the Nakamuraza the role of Bingo no Sabur˘ in Hayakawa Denshir˘'s kaomise drama "En'ya Hangan Koky˘ no Nishiki", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakayama Shinkur˘ I; his others main stage partners were 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, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1742: Tatsujűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Otoha Kamonnosuke 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, 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, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1747: Tatsujűr˘ played at the Moritaza the role of H˘j˘ no Yasutoki in the kaomise drama "Aruji M˘ke Onna Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘.

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

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1751: Tatsujűr˘ performed at the Moritaza in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Aizuchi Jűnidan", which celebrated 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 was staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Tatsujűr˘ played the role of Satsuma-no-Kami Tadanori [casting].

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1755: Tatsujűr˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Watanabe Ki˘ in the kaomise drama "Arigatashi Yunzei Genji" [print]; his stage partners were 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, was one black stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1759: Tatsujűr˘ performed 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, was back to two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1761: Tatsujűr˘ performed 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, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

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

1st lunar month of 1763: Tatsujűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was 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 was staged at the Moritaza; Tatsujűr˘ played the role of Taira no Kenj˘ Naokata [casting|illustrations].

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

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

7th lunar month of 1764: Tatsujűr˘ played in the same theater the role of Date Yosobŕ in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1772: Tatsujűr˘ played 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 celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Sawamura Kijűr˘ II and Mikuni Fujigor˘.

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

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

5th lunar month of 1775: Tatsujűr˘ [2] played in the same theater the role of Keijuin in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

7th lunar month of 1776: Tatsujűr˘ [2] played in the same theater the role of Kakuju in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1776: Tatsujűr˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role 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, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he played the roles of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Toshinari in the new year sogamono drama "Tsukisenu Haru Hagoromo Soga. He fell ill and had to retire.

19th day of the 8th lunar month of 1777 [1]: Tatsujűr˘ died 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 was 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.

[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.

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

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