MIKUNI FUJIGORď

Stage names:

Mikuni Fujigor˘
Nakamura Shirogor˘ IV
Nakamura Namiz˘
Nakamura Tominosuke
Nakamura Matsubŕ II
Yamashita Masutar˘

Poetry name: Kid˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Masters: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I

Brother: Nakamura Shirogor˘ V

Career:

Before 1750: he starts his career in Kamigata as a disciple of Yamashita Kinsaku I, who gives him the name of Yamashita Masutar˘.

2nd day of the 7th lunar month of 1750: his first master Yamashita Kinsaku I dies.

After Summer 1750: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I and receives the name of Nakamura Matsubŕ II.

Fall 1758: Matsubŕ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1758: Matsubŕ performs at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise program "Kaomise Sajikigadake". He gets on well with Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I, who is member of the Ichimuraza troupe.

Summer 1759: Matsubŕ goes back to Kamigata with Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

1761: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and receives the name of Nakamura Tominosuke.

11th lunar month of 1761: Tominosuke plays in Ky˘to at Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater the role of the keisei Kotoura in Amano Kyűshichi's kaomise drama "Mineiri Futaba Genji", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1762: Tominosuke's rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is one black stroke above j˘-(shiro)j˘ [visual].

11th lunar month of 1765: Nakamura Tominosuke takes the name of Nakamura Namiz˘ in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "Takara-Kita-Yama Kogane no Ishizue".

20th day of the 9th lunar month of 1766: Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I's disciple Nakamura Shirogor˘ III dies.

Fall 1769: Namiz˘ goes to Edo with Yamashita Kinsaku II.

11th lunar month of 1769: Nakamura Namiz˘ takes the name of Nakamura Shirogor˘ IV at the Moritaza, performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Na ni Takashi Kumoi no Yumihari", which welcomes in Edo the actors Yamashita Kinsaku II and Kasaya Matakur˘ II (who also celebrates his shűmei).

11th lunar month of 1771: his brother Nakamura Shinshir˘ takes the name of Nakamura Shirogor˘ V in ďsaka. The two brothers will hold the same stage name up to the 10th lunar month of 1772.

11th lunar month of 1772: Nakamura Shirogor˘ IV takes the name of Mikuni Fujigor˘ at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which also celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV and Sawamura Kijűr˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1773: Fujigor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘.

18th day of the 6th lunar month of 1777: his second master Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I dies.

4th lunar month of 1783: first Kabuki adaptation of Y˘ Y˘dai's puppet theater drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie". The play is staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Fujigor˘ plays the role of Iwafuji [casting].

1st lunar month of 1784: Fujigor˘'s name appears for the last time in a Kabuki hy˘banki.

7th lunar month of 1784: Fujigor˘ plays at the Moritaza the roles of Washizuka Kandayű and Edohei in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

Fall 1784: Fujigor˘ goes to ďsaka with Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1784: Fujigor˘ performs in the kaomise drama "Naka ni M˘keru Otogo Kaomise", which is produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ II at the Naka no Shibai. This is his last recorded performance in ˘shibai. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.

1st lunar month of 1785: Fujigor˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘.

Comments:

Mikuni Fujigor˘ was born in Kamigata and trained as an onnagata actor but he switched to katakiyaku in the 1770s when he settled in Edo. His best ranking in Edo was only two white strokes above j˘-j˘. He did not become a top-ranking katakiyaku but it is worthy to note that he was the first Kabuki actor to perform the prestigious role of the evil Iwafuji in "Kagamiyama".

Mikuni Fujigor˘ (left/standing) and Nakamura Noshio I (right/bottom) in a print made by Torii Kiyohide in 1772

The Nakamura Shirogor˘ line of actors

 
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