Living National Treasure TSURUZAWA tomoji

Living National Treasure TSURUZAWA tomoji (Death in 2016)

Awaji Puppet Theatre There are many attractive women in the world, but not only the arts but also the best performers in the world full of humanity TSURUZAWA Tomoji I was a master. Nationally designated important intangible cultural property Gidayubushi holder (living national treasure) late TSURUZAWA Tomoji The introductory text of the award monument is as follows.

TSURUZAWA Tomoji Honoring inscription

Master name Kimiko Miyazaki December 9, 1918 Enjoying life in Fukura-cho, Mihara-gun Aspiring to be a Gidayubushi at the age of five Became a disciple of the teacher and mastered the essence of studying. His outstanding technique is highly evaluated and he is active as a leading figure in the field.

In my hometown Awaji Puppet Theatre Instructing younger children and students Nurturing many Toshihide AWAJI NINGYÔ JÔRURI Contribute to the promotion of

With many disciples in the Hanshinkan area, the Tomojikai ranks at the highest peak of the Yoshikai.

Participated in overseas performances several times and gained acclaim in each country. Received accreditation as an important intangible cultural property holder in 1986, gaining fame for Awaji dolls.

At the time of his master Kasaju, he erected a memorial monument for gathering people and volunteers who were bathed in grace, and praised his great achievements and passed it on to posterity for a long time.

April 11, 1992

TSURUZAWA Tomoji Honoring Monument Construction Committee

If you read this, you can see the efforts to become a Living National Treasure and the contribution through Gidayubushi, but the human appeal is us. Awaji Puppet Theatre The seat member knows best. The most disciple, Awaji Puppet Theatre Introducing the message written by Master Yukimi Takemoto, who has been active as Tayu Hanagata, when the late Master Tomoji was certified as a Living National Treasure.

"The greatest happiness"

I must be the one who feels the recognition of Living National Treasure as the most delightful and most natural result in the world. I have always been grateful and respectful to my teacher, who has served as a disciple since the end of the war and gave me warm guidance in the midst of rigor. During my training in Ayuhara, I was absorbed in playing in the riverbank where I went to fetch water and was scolded, but when I woke up in the middle of the winter night, I heard the sound of the master's shamisen and said, "Everything is hard. Behind the words, "There is nothing you can't do if you do it," I was impressed by the fact that even though I was a child, there was an unknowing effort.

As a crybaby, I was strict about myself, saying, "Human life is studying," and I have many training rooms without neglecting the pursuit of art, and I can see that I continue to practice every day after training. It was often not seen without tears. The shamisen must express the situation and the scene. To convey your heart, you don't just play with your hands, but with your big toes and your hips. In terms of feelings, it is important to unify the spirit called "belly" and play with the breath that pushes, and to constantly measure the breath of "Aun" while the tayu and the heart are united. Speaking with the master's shamisen, you can work on a stage with a sense of security and satisfaction that you can bring out more than your own strength. As a disciple of the Living National Treasure, I would like to continue to devote myself and make efforts.

Awaji Puppet Theatre The members of the club are longing for the art and life of Master Tomoji, and are practicing in each field such as shamisen, narrative, and dolls. Thank you for your support.

TSURUZAWA Tomoji Master's activities

Fostering successors

TSURUZAWA Tomoji To date, the teacher has taught more than a thousand disciples.

Awaji Puppet Theatre Disciple who is active in
Yukimi Takemoto, Yusho Takemoto, Tomoyuki Tsuruzawa, Tomoya Tsuruzawa, Yuri Takemoto

Efforts to develop successors

Showa 15-Take an uchi-deshi.
Showa 46-2003Instructed the Ningyo Joruri Club of the Fukui Children's Association in Nandan Town.
1972-2000Instructed the local culture department of Mihara Municipal Elementary School (currently Minamiawaji Municipal Elementary School).
1975-2003Instructed the local department of Hyogo Prefectural Mihara High School.
1982-2006 Awaji Puppet Theatre Guidance of young seat members.
1983-2003Mihara Municipal Mihara Junior High School (currently Minamiawaji Municipal Mihara Junior High School) Guidance of the local club.
1983-2013Minamiawaji Municipal Nandan Junior High School (currently Minamiawaji Municipal Nandan Junior High School) Guidance of the local performing arts club.

Performances abroad

Overseas performance history11 times in total 16 countries
1974united states of america
1978France / Spain
1979united states of america
1980Hong Kong (twice)
1984Netherlands / Belgium
1986Australia / New Zealand
1987Sweden / Denmark
1992Spain / Germany / Poland
1994Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland

TSURUZAWA Tomoji Teacher career introduction


Real name Kimiko Miyazaki
Date of Birth December 9, 1918
Born at 280-3 Fukura Otsu, Minamiawaji, as the fifth daughter of his father, Zenkichi, and his mother, Katsutoshi.

He studied under Yoshiho Nozawa, a four-year-old teacher, and talked about "The stage of the Naruto Junrei song of Tetsujo Awa".
From the age of five, he studied under Tokuhachi Toyosawa, became a signboard girl at the box office, and took a tour of the theaters of Gennosuke Uemura, Rokunosuke Ichimura, and Tojiro Yoshida.
Studied under Yoshido Nozawa, Tohiro Takemoto, and Hiroshi Toyosawa.

Career chronology

Showa 8Appeared on Radio Tokushima Broadcasting. Since then, he has appeared on radio and television programs of each station.
Showa 11Soke of the shamisen world Yujiro Tsurusawa, Yoshiya Nozawa, Someto Takemoto, Kanji Tsurusawa, Tsunatayū Takemoto and other living national treasures will be taught.
Showa 15-Take an uchi-deshi and strive to develop successors.
Showa 16From Soke TSURUZAWA Tomoji Get the stage name of.
1948Performed at Fukura.
Showa 26Served as Takemoto Mitsukoshi and Someto at the Yotsuhashi Bunrakuza, and later performed at the Takarazuka Grand Theater, Kyoto Minamiza, Osaka Asahiza, Osaka Mitsukoshi Theater, Tokyo National Theater, etc. serve.
Showa 28Formed a disciple's association "Tomojikai". Since then, he has won the group championships at the Awaji Elementary Examination Committee and the Japan Elementary Promotion Association Examination Committee, and produced many yokozuna.
1963Received the Hyogo Prefectural Governor's Award.
1972The play will be viewed by Her Majesty the Emperor and Empress of Heisei.
1974Received the Japan Awards Award.
same yearParticipated in American performances such as Carnegie Hall.
Performed in 16 countries around the world. Strive for international exchange and goodwill.
1984Received the award from the entertainment organization "Half Don no Kai".
1985Received the Hyogo Prefecture Cultural Award.
same yearAwarded a wooden cup (No. 5).
1986Certified as a holder of the Important Intangible Cultural Property Gidayubushi (general designation).
From 1986Serves as a living national treasure, Tosahiro Takemoto.
1992Volunteers will build a memorial monument beside the Onaruto Bridge Memorial Hall.
1995Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Commendation.
1996Received the Traditional Culture Paula Award Special Award.
1998Certified as an important intangible cultural property Gidayubushi shamisen holder.
December 2016He passed away at the age of 103.


Trigger for talent flowering
When he was four years old, he surprised adults by telling the stage of the Naruto Junrei song of Tetsujo Awa.
Since my home was a joruri practice room, I remembered the story like a kid in front of the gate, and speaking well was the catalyst for my talent to blossom.
Naughty childhood
When I was little, I was naughty, and my only playmates were boys. I was playing with my neighbors and following new friends one after another, and in the evening I couldn't figure out where I was. Also, because he was scolded by his father, he hid the ladder when he climbed the roof and ate a big eyeball.
He climbed a tree, crashed, and when he opened his eyes, his mother was crying and he realized that he shouldn't cry his parents.
Memories of the training era
During his training in Osaka, Master Tomoji was worried about the smell and people who were eating Imagawayaki every time he went to use it. I couldn't stand it and bought it, but I brought it home, but there was no place to eat it, so I went to the bathroom and ate it.