NAKAMURA JAKUEMON II

Stage names:

Nakamura Jakuemon II In Japanese
Nakamura Shibajaku II In Japanese
Nakamura Shibanosuke I In Japanese

Real name: Nakajima Yasuhei

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Baito

Existence: 1841 ~ 20 July 1895

Connections:

Master: Nakamura Jakuemon I

Adopted sons: Nakamura Shibajaku III, Nakamura Jakuemon III

Disciples: Nakamura Shibaz˘ III, Nakamura Jakusabur˘, Nakamura Shibaz˘ IV (?)

Career:

1841 ~ 1866: born in ďsaka. He becomes disciple of Nakamura Jakuemon I, receives the name of Nakamura Shibanosuke I and joins his troupe performing in the precincts of temples and shrines (miyaji shibai).

4th lunar month of 1866: Nakamura Shibanosuke I takes the name of Nakamura Shibajaku II in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the roles of Matsugae Tetsunosuke, the menoto Masaoka, the yakko Mitahei and Gekizaemon in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".

8th lunar month of 1871: his master Nakamura Jakuemon I dies.

March 1875: great shűmei at the Kado no Shibai (ďsaka); Nakamura Shibajaku II takes the name of Nakamura Jakuemon II, playing the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon, Iwane Gozen and Gosho no Goromaru in the dramas "Wag˘ Soga Homare no Fuji", "Hibariyama Himesute Matsu" and "Goshikigumo Mitsu no Tamajishi". This great program, which commemorates the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of late Arashi Rikan III, gathers the best Kamigata actors like Ichikawa Udanji I, Arashi Rikan IV, Onoe Tamiz˘ II, Jitsukawa Enjaku I and Jitsukawa Yaoz˘ I.

December 1887: Jakuemon plays in Ky˘to at the Sakaiza the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

January 1893: Jakuemon goes to T˘ky˘ and plays at the Harukiza in the dramas "S˘ma Tar˘ Mibae Bundan" and "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘".

April 1893: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the role of Fukashichi in the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

July 1893: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the role of Yokoz˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the role of Yokoz˘'s mother Koshiji, Yokoz˘'s brother Jihiz˘ and Jihiz˘'s wife Otane are played by Nakamura Shikaku I, Nakamura Komanosuke VI and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III.

August 1893: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the role of Jinzabur˘ in the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".

November 1893: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the roles of Matsugae Tetsunosuke and Hosokawa Katsumoto in the classic "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Nikki Danj˘ is played by Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII.

January 1894: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the role of Sasaki Takatsuna in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Princess Toki and Miuranosuke are played by Iwai Matsunosuke IV and Nakamura Fukusuke IV.

March 1894: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei and Kakuju in the drama "Tenmangű Aiju no Meiboku", whose plot and characters belong to the "Sugawara" world.

April 1894: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the role of Karaki Masaemon in the dramas "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku".

june 1894: Jakuemon plays in the same theater the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

November 1894: Jakuemon is back in ďsaka and plays at the Bentenza the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Kiichi H˘gen in the dramas "Kanadehon Chűshingura" and "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki". His stage partners are Nakamura Ganjir˘ I (Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Okaru, Toraz˘) and Nakamura Fukusuke III (Chienai).

July 1895: Jakuemon appears on stage for the last time, in K˘be at the Daikokuza, playing the roles of Soga no Iruka and Daihanji no Kiyosumi in the classic "Imoseyama Onna Teikin"; he also plays the role of Sasano Sangobei in the drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime".

Comments:

Nakamura Jakuemon II was a talented kaneru yakusha, famous for his excellent personal appearance and diction. He played any kind of katakiyaku, tachiyaku or onnagata roles during his career spent mostly in the Kamigata theaters. He spent two successful years in T˘ky˘ at the Harukiza in 1893 and 1894.

Nakamura Jakuemon II

Print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1878

The Nakamura Shibajaku line of actors

The Nakamura Jakuemon line of actors

 
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