NAKAYAMA BUNGORď II

Stage names:

Nakayama Bungor˘ II In Japanese
Nakayama Hyakuz˘ I In Japanese

Guild: Bintsukeya, ďzakaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Yoshio, Gan'en

Existence: ??? ~ 1862

Connection:

Master: Nakayama Bunshichi III (Nakayama Hyakka)

Career:

Before 1818: he starts his career in Ky˘to miyaji shibai, as a disciple of Nakayama Bunshichi III, who gives him the name of Nakayama Hyakuz˘ I.

1818: Hyakuz˘ becomes katakiyaku, performing in Ky˘to and ďsaka ˘shibai venues.

11th lunar month of 1825: Nakayama Hyakuz˘ I takes the name of Nakayama Bungor˘ II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Ushijima Takubei and Senoo Tar˘ in the drama "Ume no Naniwa Hayazaki Genji"; his main stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, Arashi Koroku IV (who makes his last stage appearances) and Asao Kunigor˘ III.

Fall 1826: Bungor˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1828: Bungor˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza in Mimasuya Nis˘ji's kaomise drama "Sakigake Genji no Kibamusha", which welcomes in Edo the actors Sawamura Gennosuke II, Arashi Danpachi and Yoshizawa Enjir˘; his yearly salary is 80 ry˘.

11th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Bungor˘ plays the role of Narukawa Gunz˘ [more details].

2nd lunar month of 1834: Bungor˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Sagisaka Bannai and Ichimonjiya Saibŕ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1834: Bungor˘ goes back to ďsaka, where he becomes d˘kegata.

1st lunar month of 1847: Bungor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Nakamura Tomosa II.

3rd lunar month of 1847: Bungor˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1847: Bungor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Genke Hachidai Megumi no Tsuwamono", which welcomes back in Edo the actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV.

1st lunar month of 1848: Bungor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku/d˘kegata section, is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1848: Bungor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Goban Tadanobu Yuki no Kuroshiro", an extended version of a drama which was originally staged in the 11th lunar month of 1832 at the Nakamuraza.

1st lunar month of 1850: Bungor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku/d˘kegata section, is 3 black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1850: Bungor˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Go Taiheiki Date no Masugata", which celebrates the shűmei of Morita Kan'ya XI.

1st lunar month of 1851: Bungor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with ďtani Tomoemon IV.

1st lunar month of 1852: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Sakurada Jisuke III's drama "Satomi Hakkenden"; Bungor˘ plays the role of Kamezasa [casting]. Bungor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku/d˘kegata section, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

15th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1853: his master Nakayama Hyakka dies.

1853: Bungor˘ goes back to Kamigata.

1st lunar month of 1854: Bungor˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku/d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares the same rank with Nakamura Jakuemon I and Arashi Kanjűr˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1859: Bungor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku/d˘kegata section, is 3 black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

1862: Bungor˘ dies.

Comments:

Nakayama Bungor˘ II was a Kamigata actor, who achieved fame for himself not only in the ďsaka/Ky˘to theaters but also in Edo from the end of the Tenp˘ era to the Kaei era. He was specialized in katakiyaku and d˘kegata roles. His k˘seki was highly-praised. He lost his energy and strength from the middle of the 1850s and his popularity declined as well.

Nakayama Bungor˘ II portraying Tanigawa Akuemon in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1828

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1851

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1851

The Nakayama Bungor˘ line of actors

 
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