Stage names:

Nakamura Daikichi III
Nakamura Matsue
Sawamura Kit˘
Segawa Tamon II

Others names:

Nakamura Naruo
Nakamura Keishi



Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Naruo, Haj˘

Existence: 1815 ~ 11th day of the 11th lunar month of 1857


Grandfather: Arashi Rik˘ I

Father: Segawa Kikunoj˘ V

Adoptive father: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II

Master: Sawamura Kunitar˘ II (?)

Elder brother: Anegawa Shinshir˘ IV (?)


1815: born in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1828: first stage appearance, at the Nakamuraza, where he receives the name of Segawa Tamon II.

1st lunar month of 1832: his father Segawa Kikunoj˘ V dies.

1834 ~ 1839: Tamon goes to Kamigata. He takes the name of Sawamura Kit˘* at an unknown date.

1st lunar month of 1840: Kit˘ goes back to Edo.

Spring 1840: he is adopted by the actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1840: Sawamura Kit˘ takes the name of Nakamura Daikichi III at the Kawarasakiza, playing the roles of Moron˘'s wife Taema and the courtesan Kikuno in the drama "Kiwakazari Chűshingura".

1846 ~ Winter 1848: he temporarily helds the name of Nakamura Matsue**.

Spring 1848: Nakamura Matsue takes back the name of Nakamura Daikichi III.

Summer 1851: tour in Nagoya; Daikichi performs in the precinct of the Wakamiya shrine.

2nd lunar month of 1855: his master Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II dies.

7th lunar month of 1855: Daikichi goes back to Edo and plays at the Kawarasakiza the roles of Osetsu and Okura in the drama "Ch˘chidori Kameyamazome".

10th lunar month of 1855: Daikichi survives the earthquake of the 2nd day of the 10th lunar month, which completely destroyed Edo. He decides to take the road back to Kamigata.

3rd lunar month of 1856: tour in Nagoya; Daikichi performs in the precinct of the Seijuin temple.

11th lunar month of 1857: Daikichi appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the roles of Okiku and Oume in the dramas "Sangoku Bus˘ Yakko Ukej˘" and "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna". He suddenly collapses backstage and immediately dies. Daikichi's tombstone is located in the cemetery of the Honjuji temple in Ky˘to in the district of Toribeyama.


Nakamura Daikichi III could have been the heir of one of the most talented line of Edo onnagata actors but his father unfortunately died too young and he became the sole actor of the Segawa clan. After years of hardship in Kamigata, he received the patronage of the great actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II, who adopted him. He was a talented onnagata actor, who was equally at home in jidaimono or sewamono dramas, but he was not good in speedy lines delivery. He was quite popular but never managed to reach the same level of fame as his father Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

(*) We believe that he met the actor Sawamura Kunitar˘ II and became his disciple. Kit˘ was a haimy˘ used by both Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Sawamura Kunitar˘ II.

(**) He held the name of Nakamura Matsue but was never acknowledged as a regular member of this line. Because he held it after the fourth Matsue and before the fifth Matsue, he may appear on this site as Nakamura Matsue 4.5 on some pages.

Nakamura Daikichi III playing the role of Kaoyo Gozen in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1849 in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1850

The Segawa Tamon line of actors

The Nakamura Daikichi line of actors

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