TAMAZAWA KJR

Stage names:

Tamazawa Kjr In Japanese
Tamazawa Rin'ya In Japanese
Tamazawa Kjr In Japanese
Tamazawa Rin'ya In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Tamazawa Oginosuke

Disciple: Tamazawa Saijir I

Career:

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.

11th lunar month of 1710: he became wakaonnagata at the Yamamuraza.

3rd lunar month of 1713: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the drama "Hana Yakata Aigo Zakura", which was the first "Sukeroku" drama (Kabuki Jhachiban) in Kabuki history; Rin'ya played the role of the courtesan Agemaki [casting].

11th lunar month of 1714: Rin'ya played at the Moritaza the role of Nishikigi in the kaomise drama "Onna Ryko Futatsu Gashira".

11th lunar month of 1715: Rin'ya played at the Moritaza the role of Yoshimasa's sister Yakumo-no-Mae in Mitsushima Shichirzaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

1st lunar month of 1717: Rin'ya's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, was j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Rin'ya played at the Nakamuraza the role of Azumaya in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki Hnen Mitsugimono".

11th lunar month of 1718: Rin'ya performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe"; his stage partners were Matsumoto Kshir, Sawamura Sjr, tani Hiroemon I, Mizuki Takejr, Tomizawa Hanzabur I, Ichikawa Monnosuke I and Asao Jjir I.

Fall 1719: Rin'ya moved to the Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1719: Tamazawa Rin'ya took the name of Tamazawa Kjr and became tachiyaku at the Nakamuraza, playing the roles of Sezaemon's nyb Oishi and Kusunoki Masatsura in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorated the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkur I.

1st lunar month of 1720: Kjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the new year drama "Ichi Fuji Raihai Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor Tokimune and Kud Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Kuz and Nakajima Mihoemon I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Tamazawa Kjr took back the name of Tamazawa Rin'ya and switched to wakaonnagata at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Yr no Taki".

11th lunar month of 1722: Rin'ya played at the Moritaza the role of Yawata Gozen in the kaomise drama "Yoshitomo Fukujukai".

1st lunar month of 1723: Rin'ya's rank in the Edo hybanki, wakaonnagata section, was j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujimura Handay II and Sanj Kantar II. He played in the same theater the role of Ninomiya's elder sister in the new year sogamono drama "Suiry Soga".

11th lunar month of 1727: Tamazawa Rin'ya took back the name of Tamazawa Kjr and switched to tachiyaku at the Moritaza, playing the role of Nitta Yoshisada in the kaomise drama "Hnen Taiheiki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz I (Hata Rokurzaemon), Tomizawa Hanzabur I (Moron), Sakata Hangor I (Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon), Ichikawa Monnosuke I (Kusunoki Masatsura), Fujimura Handay II (Kusunoki Kikusui), Sodesaki Miwano I (Manj no Mae), Tsuruya Nanboku I (Shinozuka Iga-no-Kami) and Yamamoto Hanasato (Kt-no-Naishi).

1st lunar month of 1728: last recorded performance for Kjr, who played in the same theater the roles of Komurasaki no Kamon (a tachiyaku role) and the courtesan iso no Tora (an onnagata role) in the new year drama "Hatsu Midori Aioi Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1728: Kjr's rank in the Edo hybanki, tachiyaku section, fell to j-j-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). No record afterwards.

Comments:

Tamazawa Kjr 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 Kjr. This ability to switch roles was quite unusual at that time. As an onnagata, he succeeded in reaching the prestigious j-j-kichi rank. He was specialized in keiseigoto or onna bud. 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.

The actors Narumi Goroshir I (left) and Tamazawa Kjr (right) playing in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1719 at the Nakamuraza

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