NAKAMURA JAKUEMON III

Stage names:

Nakamura Jakuemon III In Japanese
Nakamura Shibajaku IV In Japanese
Nakamura Emitar˘ In Japanese
Arashi Emitar˘ In Japanese

Real name: Nakajima Emitar˘

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: 2 January 1875 ~ 15 November 1927

Connections:

Father: Arashi Rish˘ II

Brother: Arashi Emisabur˘

Adoptive father: Nakamura Jakuemon II

Son: Nakamura Sh˘kei (Shibajaku V)

Disciple: Nakamura Shigeijaku

Career:

January 1875: born in ďsaka in the district of Shinmachi (a famous pleasure quarter).

January 1879: he makes his first appearance on stage, in ďsaka at the Ebisuza, playing under the name of Arashi Emitar˘.

5 April 1886: his father Arashi Rish˘ II dies.

1886 ~ 1890: he is adopted by Nakamura Jakuemon II and takes the name of Nakamura Emitar˘.

March 1890: his adopted brother Nakamura Shibajaku III dies.

September 1891: Nakamura Emitar˘ takes the name of Nakamura Shibajaku IV in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

August 1904: Shibajaku plays at the Kadoza the role of the courtesan Kojor˘ in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi". His stage partners are Jitsukawa Enjaku II (Kezori) and Arashi Tokusabur˘ V (S˘shichi).

December 1906: premiere at the Minamiza of Takayasu Gekk˘'s drama "Sakura Shigure"; Shibajaku plays the roles of Yoshinodayű and Otoku [casting].

June 1907: Shibajaku plays for the first time the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which is staged in ďsaka at the Kadoza. His stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon XI (Gapp˘) and Arashi Kichisabur˘ VI (Shuntokumaru).

October 1913: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Z˘hiki", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Shibajaku plays the role of Toshima Aoinosuke [more details].

August 1915: the drama "Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki" revised by Enjir˘ is staged for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the Kabukiza; Shibajaku plays the role of Shigenobu's wife Oseki [casting].

December 1915: Shibajaku plays at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the role of Otoku in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘"; the role of Matahei is played by Onoe Taminosuke.

February 1916: Shibajaku plays at the Hong˘za (T˘ky˘) the prestigious role of Sodehagi in the drama "Sodehagi Saimon".

September 1916: Shibajaku plays at the Shintomiza the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

October 1918: Nakamura Shibajaku IV takes the name of Nakamura Jakuemon III at the Naniwaza (ďsaka).

May 1919: Jakuemon plays at the Naniwaza the prestigious role of the Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners are Nakamura Kaisha (Nureginu) and Nakamura Ganjir˘ I (Katsuyori).

April 1920: Jakuemon plays for the last time the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which is staged at the Minatoza (Nagoya); the role of Gapp˘ is played by Jitsukawa Enjaku II.

December 1922: Jakuemon plays at the Imperial Theater (T˘ky˘) the prestigious role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners are Band˘ Shűch˘ III (Nureginu) and Sawamura S˘nosuke I (Katsuyori).

February 1924: Jakuemon plays at the Minamiza the role of Princess Toki in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki". His stage partners in the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Miuranosuke are Jitsukawa Enjaku II and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

March 1924: Jakuemon plays at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the prestigious role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners in the roles of Nureginu and Katsuyori are Sawamura S˘nosuke I and Nakamura Fukusuke IV.

February 1927: Jakuemon plays at the Matsushima Yachiyoza (ďsaka) the prestigious role of Sodehagi in the play "Sodehagi Saimon".

May 1927: Jakuemon plays at the Nakaza the role of Nureginu in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners in the roles of Princess Yaegaki and Katsuyori are Nakamura Fukusuke IV and Jitsukawa Enjaku II.

November 1927: Jakuemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakaza, playing the role of Princess Michitose in the drama "Honz˘ Shimoyashiki"; he collapses and dies on stage.

Comments:

Nakamura Jakuemon III was an outstanding Kamigata onnagata.

"Nakamura Jakuemon, the third, an ďsaka onnagata, frequently plays in T˘ky˘. He differs from all the other actors because he has persistently and consistently patterned after the marionettes, and seems to have associated with the dolls in such a familiar way as to belong to the sphere of elfs and fairies rather than to the ordinary characters of drama." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Nakamura Jakuemon III in the role of Yaoya Oshichi (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1927)

Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950

The Nakamura Shibajaku line of actors

The Nakamura Jakuemon line of actors

 
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