Master: Tamazawa Oginosuke
Disciple: Tamazawa Saijirô I
3rd lunar month of 1707: first recorded performance, in Edo at the Nakamuraza. He was a disciple of Tamazawa Oginosuke and his first stage name was Tamazawa Rin'ya.
3rd lunar month of 1713: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the drama "Hana Yakata Aigo Zakura", which was the first "Sukeroku" drama (Kabuki Jûhachiban) in Kabuki history; Rin'ya played the role of the courtesan Agemaki [casting].
11th lunar month of 1718: Rin'ya performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe"; his stage partners were Matsumoto Kôshirô, Sawamura Sôjûrô, Ôtani Hiroemon I, Mizuki Takejûrô, Tomizawa Hanzaburô I, Ichikawa Monnosuke I and Asao Jûjirô I.
Fall 1719: Rin'ya moved to the Nakamuraza.
11th lunar month of 1719: Tamazawa Rin'ya took the name of Tamazawa Kôjûrô and became tachiyaku at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Sezaemon's nyôbô Oishi and Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorated 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, was jô-jô-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played 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 were played by Ichikawa Kuzô and Nakajima Mihoemon I.
1st lunar month of 1723: Rin'ya's rank in the Edo hyôbanki, wakaonnagata section, was jô-jô-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujimura Handayû II and Sanjô Kantarô II. He played 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 took back the name of Tamazawa Kôjûrô and switched to tachiyaku at the Moritaza, playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "Hônen Taiheiki"; his stage partners were 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 for Kôjûrô, who played 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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