|NAKAMURA JIROZA II|
Nakamura Jiroza II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Ganshi
Existence: ??? ~ 2nd lunar month of 1790
Disciple: Nakamura Tomosa I
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.
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].
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.
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.
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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