NAKAMURA DENPACHI

Stage name:

Nakamura Denpachi In Japanese

Other name:

Nakamura Denpachir˘ [1] In Japanese

Existence: 1686 ~ 5th day of the 12th lunar month of 1725 [2]

Connection:

Master: Nakamura Denkur˘ I

Career:

1st lunar month of 1703: first-recorded performance; Denpachi played at the Yamamuraza the role of a yakko in the new year drama "Keisei Asama Soga".

7th lunar month of 1704: Denpachi played at the Yamamuraza the role of Mikasayama J˘tar˘ in the drama "Heianj˘ Miyako Sadame", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1705: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was naka (middle class).

11th lunar month of 1709: Denpachi became d˘kegata and played at the Yamamuraza the role of Gy˘bu Saemon in the kaomise drama "Taihei Okuni Kabuki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Asao Jűjir˘, Arashi Sanjűr˘ I and Fujikawa Buzaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1710: Denpachi moved to the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Shinsen Kazanin".

3rd lunar month of 1711: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

4th lunar month of 1713: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

25th day of the 10th lunar month of 1713 [3]: his master Nakamura Denkur˘ I died.

11th lunar month of 1713: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Hatake Rokur˘ Saemon in the kaomise drama "Onna Kusunoki Taiheiki".

3rd lunar month of 1714: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Takamura Matashir˘.

11th lunar month of 1714: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Torinoumi Yasabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Banmin Daifukuch˘".

11th lunar month of 1715: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Nobutsura in the kaomise drama "Kogane no Kaburi Konrei Yorimasa".

1st lunar month of 1716: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

2nd lunar month of 1716: Denpachi played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Shikirei Yawaragi Soga".

4th lunar month of 1716: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1716: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Nekoma no Chűj˘ in the kaomise drama "Mitsudomoe Katoku Biraki", which celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Kiyosabur˘ II and Sodesaki Miwano I.

1st lunar month of 1717: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual] in another hy˘banki.

2nd lunar month of 1717: Denpachi performed in the same theater in the new year sogamono drama "Kaid˘ Ichi Muneage Soga".

4th lunar month of 1717: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Nikaid˘ in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki H˘nen Mitsugimono".

1st lunar month of 1718: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual] in another hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1718: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of the Itoya inkyo (the thread shop retired old man) in the kaomise program "Hirakana Yomeiri Izu Nikki", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sanogawa Mangiku.

1st lunar month of 1719: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual]. Denpachi played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono "Kaibyaku Sakayaki Soga", commonly called "Ninin Kud˘" ("The Two Kud˘"). The two Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Yamanaka Heikur˘ I and Hayakawa Dengor˘.

3rd lunar month of 1719: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1719: Denpachi performed at the Nakamuraza 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: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki. He played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Ichi Fuji Raihai Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1720: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1720: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Mitachi Gontar˘ in the kaomise drama "Michi-no-Ku Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1721 Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Kichij˘ ďtaka Soga", which celebrated the shűmei of Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1721: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1721: Denpachi played at the Nakamuraza the role of Minamoto no Yoriie in the kaomise drama "Torisaka no J˘ Tsuru no Sugomori".

1st lunar month of 1722 Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, fell to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1722: Denpachi moved to the Ichimuraza, where he played the role of Ecchű no Jir˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Katoku Soga".

1st lunar month of 1723 Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He played in the same theater the role of ďmi no Kot˘ta in the new year sogamono drama "Manazuru Kaz˘ Soga".

3rd lunar month of 1723: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1723: Denpachi performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hinagata Shűten D˘ji", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Ogino Izabur˘ I and the shűmei of Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1724: Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Sengoku Hikosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1724: Denpachi appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Yamanaka Shiganosuke in the kaomise drama "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1725 Denpachi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

5th day of the 12th lunar month of 1725 [2]: Denpachi died in Edo [4].

Comments:

Nakamura Denpachi was a popular and talented Edo d˘kegata, who was active from the beginning of the 1700s to the middle of the 1720s. He reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi rank in 1719. He was said to be an outstanding dancer. He performed at the Yamamuraza at the beginning of his career then he settled at the Nakamuraza, the family theater of his master, where he spent most of his career from the 11th lunar month of 1710, with the exception of 2 seasons at the Ichimuraza (from the 11th lunar month of 1722 to Fall 1724). He never performed at the Moritaza.

Nakamura Denpachi (top/left), ďtani Hiroemon I (top/center), Yamanaka Heikur˘ I (top/right), Nakajima Saburoshir˘ (middle/left), Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II (middle/center) and Ichikawa Kodayű I (bottom/left) playing the roles of Torinoumi Yasabur˘, Kiyohara no Takehira, Matsura Munet˘ (Abe no Munet˘), Kiyohara no Munehira, Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa and Kamo no Jir˘ in the kaomise drama "Banmin Daifukuch˘", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1714 at the Nakamuraza

[1] He was recorded between 1703 and 1712 as either Nakamura Denpachi or Nakamura Denpachir˘. The first name Denpachir˘ was recorded for the last time in the Edo hy˘banki which was published in the 3rd lunar month of 1712.

[2] The 5th day of the 12th lunar month of the 10th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 7th of January 1726 in the western calendar.

[3] The 25th day of the 10th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Sh˘toku era was the 12th of December 1713 in the western calendar.

[4] His tombstone was located in the cemetery of the J˘taiji Temple in Asakusa.

 
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