NAKAMURA JIROZA II

Stage names:

Nakamura Jiroza II
Arashi Sankichi I

Guild: Echizen'ya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Ganshi

Existence: ??? ~ 2nd lunar month of 1790

Connection:

Masters: Nakamura Jiroza I, Arashi Sangor˘ II

Disciple: Nakamura Tomosa I

Career:

Before 1748: he starts his career as a disciple of the young actor Arashi Sangor˘ II and performs in koshibai or miyaji shibai under the name of Arashi Sankichi I. He becomes at an unknown date the disciple of Nakamura Jiroza I but keeps the name of Arashi Sankichi.

1748: his second master Nakamura Jiroza I dies.

1759: Arashi Sankichi I takes the name of Nakamura Jiroza II.

11th lunar month of 1769: Jiroza appears in ˘shibai for the first time, performing as a katakiyaku in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Asahimaru Genji Kagami", which is produced by Onoe Kumesuke, welcomes in the Imperial City the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II and his son Sawamura Tanosuke I and celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Shingor˘ II.

9th lunar month of 1770: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto", a revision of Chikamatsu Hanji's 1768 puppet drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto"; Jiroza plays the role of Kizaemon [more details].

11th lunar month of 1771: Jiroza plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Mononobe Heima, in reality Ibuki Tokiaki, and the hunter T˘saku in the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

Fall 1772: Jiroza goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1772: Jiroza plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzei no H˘rai".

1st lunar month of 1773: Jiroza's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1774: Jiroza plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Isagiyoshi Kusunoki Banashi".

1st lunar month of 1775: Jiroza is the kanjiku for katakiyaku actors in the ďsaka hy˘banki.

8th lunar month of 1775: the play "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori" is staged for the first time in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai; Jiroza plays the role of the sum˘tori Tetsugadake [more details].

1st lunar month of 1776: Jiroza's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

12th lunar month of 1776: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Jiroza plays the roles of Kond˘ Nomorinosuke and Sakurada Rinzaemon [casting].

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; Jiroza plays the roles of Sakae Gozen, Aranami Kishiemon and Nishikido Gy˘bu Tar˘ [casting].

9th lunar month of 1778: Jiroza plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Mareyo and Hy˘ei in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the role of Kan Sh˘j˘ is played by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura"; Jiroza plays the role of Adachi Motoemon [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters.

5th lunar month of 1784: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Shimesuke I's drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage"; Jiroza plays the role of Yamazakiya Kanjűr˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1785: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Shinpan Utazaimon", which is staged at the Naka no Shibai; Jiroza plays the role of Kyűbŕ [casting].

12th lunar month of 1789: Jiroza appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he plays the roles of the pawnbroker Zen'emon and Miura Danj˘ in the drama "Kamakura Hiji Aoto Zeni".

2nd lunar month of 1790: Jiroza dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Nakamura Jiroza II was a 18th century katakiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Kamigata. His acting style and diction were both good and his popularity was high. He was said to be katakiyaku no itsuzai (a katakiyaku of exceptional talent).

Nakamura Jiroza II playing the role of Yakushiji Jirozaemon in the "Hangan Seppuku" scene of the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in a caricature from the book "Ehon Mizu ya Sora", which was drawn by Matsuya Nich˘sai and published in ďsaka in 1780 by Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon

The Nakamura Jiroza line of actors

 
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