|AZUMA TÔZÔ III|
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Existence: 1756 ~ 19th day of the 6th lunar month of 1798 
Master: Azuma Tôzô II
1756 ~ 1776: born in Edo. He became a disciple of the actor Azuma Tôzô II and received the name of Azuma Tomigorô.
11th lunar month of 1779: Azuma Tomigorô took the name of Azuma Tôzô III at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Mori Sakae Kusunoki", which celebrated also the shûmei of Segawa Otome.
1783: as a choreographer, he took the name of Ikushima Daikichi IV.
Fall 1789: Tôzô and Ichikawa Yaozô III went together to Ôsaka.
11th lunar month of 1791: Tôzô went to Kyôto and played in the drama "Hakubai Genji Shugi no Hajime", which was produced by Anegawa Kumajirô at the Nishigawa no Shibai.
1st lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", the first yanagisawa-sôdômono in Kabuki history, written by Tatsuoka Mansaku and Chikamatsu Tokusô; Tôzô played the roles of the nakai Ofuji and the Yodoya beautiful woman [more details].
5th lunar month of 1793: Tôzô played in the same theater the roles of Fuji-no-Kata and Midaroku's daughter in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".
1st lunar month of 1795: Tôzô played in the same theater in the new year drama "Ane Imôto Date no Ôkido".
10th lunar month of 1795: Tôzô played in the same theater the role of Ofude in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki".
11th lunar month of 1796: common kaomise program for the Kitagawa no Shibai (Kyôto) and the Kado no Shibai (Ôsaka); Tôzô played the role of Okyô in the drama "Yama Katsura Asahi no Menbako", which was staged in Kyôto from the 5th day and in Ôsaka from the 18th day and celebrated the shûmei of Onoe Koisaburô I.
3rd lunar month of 1797: Tôzô played in the same theater 2 roles in the drama "Hana-ha Sakura Akô no Shiogama", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Kanadehon Chûshingura" world. After this production, the troupe moved to Kyôto.
11th lunar month of 1797: Tôzô performed at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Nanboku Yuki no Miyako", which was produced by Arashi Kumanosuke and celebrated the shûmei of Arashi Raishi I and Arashi Sangorô III.
2nd lunar month of 1798: Tôzô played in the same theater the roles of Haginoi and Osode in the drama "Zôho Jiraiki".
19th day of the 6th lunar month of 1798 : Tôzô died in Kyôto.
Azuma Tôzô III was a talented wakaonnagata actor, trained in Edo but who started to achieve fame for himself from 1789 in both Ôsaka and Kyôto. He unfortunately died too young. His last hyôbanki rank one really close to jô-jô-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He was also a good choreographer, working under the name of Ikushima Daikichi IV. As a master of dance, he was the 3rd iemoto of the Azuma-ryû, the Azuma school of dance, which still exists nowadays.
 The 19th day of the 6th lunar month of the 10th year of the Kansei era was the 1st of August 1798 in the western calendar.
 The 11th day of the 4th lunar month of the 5th year of the An'ei era was the 28th of May 1776 in the western calendar.
Azuma Tôzô III playing the role of Sôtokuin's ghost in the drama "Ise Heiji Eika Goyomi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1782 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Katsukawa Shunchô) [Minneapolis Institute of Art (print in the public domain)]
The Azuma Tôzô line of actors
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