NAKAYAMA BUNGORď I

Stage names:

Nakayama Bungor˘ I
Nakayama Toyogor˘
Nakayama Kosabur˘ I

Guilds: Daikokuya, Yamatoya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Yoshio, Shiba (?)

Existence: 1761 ~ 19th day of the 8th lunar month of 1814

Connection:

Master: Nakayama Bunshichi I

Career:

1761 ~ 1784: born in Kamigata. He starts his career as a disciple of Nakayama Bunshichi I, who gives him the name of Nakayama Kosabur˘ I and trains him in hama shibai.

Fall 1784: he becomes katakiyaku and makes his debut in ˘shibai (Kado no Shibai).

11th lunar month of 1786: Nakayama Kosabur˘ I takes the name of Nakayama Bungor˘ I at the Naka no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Neko Shakky˘ Fűki no Hanabusa".

1st lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Yanagi Zakura", the first yanagisawa-s˘d˘mono in Kabuki history, written by Tatsuoka Mansaku and Chikamatsu Tokus˘; Bungor˘ plays the role of Yamana Kumatar˘ [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Shima Meguri Uso no Kikigaki"; the last scenes are a sewamono drama, which will be staged independently in the 5th lunar month of 1794 under the title "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; Bungor˘ plays the role of Yasuke [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1796: Suga Sensuke's puppet theater drama "Keisei Koi no Hikyaku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged at the Kado no Shibai; Bungor˘ plays the role of Tanbaya Hachiemon [casting].

4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawazome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II; Bungor˘ plays the roles of Sesonji Chűnagon Kiminari, Ueno's sister, Sannigorobŕ and Hei no Heibei [more details].

7th lunar month of 1796: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"; Bungor˘ plays the role of Manno [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: Bungor˘ plays in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Yama Katsura Asahi no Menbako", which celebrates the shűmei of Onoe Koisabur˘ I; the same kaomise program with the same casting is staged from the 18th of the 11th lunar month in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Bungor˘'s others stage partners are Arashi Sangor˘ II, Arashi Hinasuke II, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Seki San'emon, Yamamura Giemon, Arashi Mitsuemon I, Sawamura Kunitar˘ I, Yoshizawa Iroha I and Azuma T˘z˘ III.

9th lunar month of 1801: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi"; Bungor˘ plays the role of H˘j˘ Ujimasa [casting].

4th ~ 6th lunar months of 1806: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Bungor˘, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Arashi Sangor˘ III and Sawamura Tanosuke II; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Sakura no Shima", "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", "Hirakana Seisuiki", "Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi" or "Komochi Yamanba".

6th lunar month of 1808: tour in Nagoya for a troupe led by Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ II, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ I, Bungor˘ and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ IV; they perform at the Tachibana no Shibai in dramas like "Keisei Takasago no Matsu", "Futa Meoto Sarashi no Hinagata" or "Azuma Kagami Mikari no Maki".

Spring 1812: Bungor˘ and 20 Kamigata actors (including Band˘ Jűtar˘ and ďtani Tomoemon II) go to Edo.

4th lunar month of 1812: Nakayama Bungor˘ I takes the name of Nakayama Toyogor˘ at the Moritaza, playing two roles in the drama "Tomoyobi Kawasu Shimabara no Saiken".

Fall 1812: he goes back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1812: Nakayama Toyogor˘ takes back the name of Nakayama Bungor˘ I at the Naka no Shibai, playing the roles of Ono no Kudayű, ďta Ry˘chiku and Ichimonjiya in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Summer 1814: tour in Nagoya with Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Mimasu Daigor˘ III and Sawamura Tanosuke II. He dies the 19th of the 8th lunar month of 1814 while performing the roles of Yosabur˘ and S˘tar˘ in the drama "Kagamiyama". His main tombstone is located in the precincts of the Honsh˘ji Temple in the district of Tanimachi. Another tombstone is in Nagoya in the precinct of the Genj˘ji Temple.

Comments:

Nakayama Bungor˘ I was a katakiyaku actor, who made almost all his career in Kamigata from the middle of the 1780s to the middle of the 1810s. He was very popular, especially in sewamono, and his final ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki was only three strokes below j˘-j˘-kichi.

Nakayama Bungor˘ I (1799~1801)

The Nakayama Bungor˘ line of actors

 
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