Master: Tamazawa Oginosuke
Disciple: Tamazawa Saijirô I
3rd lunar month of 1707: first recorded performance, in Edo at the Nakamuraza. He is a disciple of Tamazawa Oginosuke and his stage name is Tamazawa Rin'ya.
3rd lunar month of 1713: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the play "Hana Yakata Aigo Zakura", which is the first "Sukeroku" drama (Kabuki Jûhachiban) in Kabuki history. Rin'ya plays the role of the courtesan Agemaki [casting].
11th lunar month of 1718: Rin'ya plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe"; his stage partners are Matsumoto Kôshirô, Sawamura Sôjûrô, Ôtani Hiroemon I, Mizuki Takejûrô, Tomizawa Hanzaburô I, Ichikawa Monnosuke I and Asao Jûjirô I.
Fall 1719: Rin'ya moves to the Nakamuraza.
11th lunar month of 1719: Tamazawa Rin'ya takes the name of Tamazawa Kôjûrô and becomes tachiyaku at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Sezaemon's nyôbô Oishi and Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorates the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkurô I.
1st lunar month of 1720: Kôjûrô's rank in the Edo hyôbanki, tachiyaku section, is jô-jô-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jûrô Sukenari in the new year drama "Ichi Fuji Raihai Soga"; the roles of Soga Gorô Tokimune and Kudô Saemon Suketsune are played by Ichikawa Kuzô and Nakajima Mihoemon I.
1st lunar month of 1723: Rin'ya's rank in the Edo hyôbanki, wakaonnagata section, is jô-jô-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shares the same rank with Fujimura Handayû II and Sanjô Kantarô II. He plays in the same theater the role of Ninomiya's elder sister in the new year sogamono drama "Suiryô Soga".
11th lunar month of 1727: Tamazawa Rin'ya takes back the name of Tamazawa Kôjûrô and becomes tachiyaku at the Moritaza, playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "Hônen Taiheiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danzô I (Hata Rokurôzaemon), Tomizawa Hanzaburô I (Moronô), Sakata Hangorô I (Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon), Ichikawa Monnosuke I (Kusunoki Masatsura), Fujimura Handayû II (Kusunoki Kikusui), Sodesaki Miwano I (Manjû no Mae), Tsuruya Nanboku I (Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami) and Yamamoto Hanasato (Kôtô-no-Naishi).
1st lunar month of 1728: last recorded performance of Kôjûrô, who plays in the same theater the roles of Komurasaki no Kamon (a tachiyaku role) and the courtesan Ôiso no Tora (an onnagata role) in the new year drama "Hatsu Midori Aioi Soga".
Tamazawa Kôjûrô was a talented Edo actor, who achieved fame for himself during the first quarter of the 18th century. He was either an onnagata performing under the name of Tamazawa Rin'ya or a tachiyaku performing under the name of Tamazawa Kôjûrô. This ability to switch roles was quite unusual at that time. As an onnagata, he succeeded in reaching the prestigious jô-jô-kichi rank. He was specialized in keiseigoto or onna budô. His field of excellence was nuregoto, a field in which he was considered as a pioneer in the city of Edo. He was also a very good musician. According to some Kabuki experts, he ended his career as a choreographer at the Moritaza.
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