Pen name:

Nakamura Jűsuke IV In Japanese

Dancer name:

Nakamura Denjir˘ V In Japanese

Others names:

Nakamura Koichi IV In Japanese
Nakamura Jűsuke IV In Japanese

Poetry name: Koichi

Existence: 1807 ~ 29th day of the 7th lunar month of 1841 [1]


Father: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV

Disciple: Nakamura Kiichi


1807: born in Edo. He was the son of the actor Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV.

1807 ~ 1822: he was in his prime a Buy˘ dancer belonging to the Shigayama school of Buy˘. He performed under the name of Nakamura Denjir˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1822: he became sakusha, took the name of Nakamura Jűsuke IV and worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke II, on the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Azuma Hyakkan", which celebrated the shűmei of Mimasu Gennosuke I and Sakata Hangor˘ IV, and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Sank˘ I; the others main actors were Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II, Arashi Kanjűr˘ I and Yamashina Jinkichi III.

11th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Oniwaka Kongen Butai" [2]; the main roles were played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, Iwai Shijaku I (Osome) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Hisamatsu). Jűsuke worked with Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Katsui Genpachi on this drama.

8th lunar month of 1826: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Soga Nakamura Aki no Torikomi"; Jűsuke was a member of the sakusha team [casting].

11th lunar month of 1828: Jűsuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Matsushima Ch˘fu I, Matsukawa H˘saku and Nagawa Motosuke, on the kaomise drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Hiiki". Jűsuke's yearly salary was 24 ry˘ [3].

11th lunar month of 1829: Jűsuke worked at the Nakamuraza on Tsuruya Nanboku IV's final drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi" [more details].

11th lunar month of 1831: Jűsuke worked at the Nakamuraza, along with Tamaki Kyűji and Matsuchi Sh˘kichi, on the kaomise drama "S˘ma Dairi Sechie no ďyose".

2nd lunar month of 1835: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Ume no Haru Gojűsan Tsugi" [4], a drama written by Mimasuya Nis˘ji, Jűsuke and Tsuruya Magotar˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1836: Jűsuke worked at the Ichimuraza, along with Takarada Jusuke and Shinoda Sasuke, on the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai Oshi no Tsuwamono" [5].

11th lunar month of 1838: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Jűsuke's Tokiwazu-based dance "Hanabutai Kasumi no Saruhiki", commonly called "Utsubo Zaru" [casting].

11th lunar month of 1840: Jűsuke worked at the Kawarasakiza on the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Yuki no Takeda", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘" world.

29th day of the 7th lunar month of 1841 [1]: Jűsuke died in Edo.


Nakamura Jűsuke IV was an important Edo sakusha, who was active for 19 years from 1822 to 1841. He will stay in Kabuki history as the playwright who wrote the lyrics of "Utsubo Zaru".

[1] The 29th day of the 7th lunar month of the 12th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 14th of September 1841 in the western calendar.

[2] The michiyuki, which is called "Ukine no Tomodori", is still part of the current Kabuki repertoire.

[3] Tsuruya Nanboku IV, the best Edo playwright, was paid 175 ry˘. Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, the zagashira at the Ichimuraza, was paid 700 ry˘.

[4] "Given the title, audiences might have expected a version of Jippensha Ikku's (1765ľ1831) best-selling comic novel T˘kaid˘chű Hizakurige (popularly known as Shank's Mare), but what they got instead was a spectacle of frightening scenes, along with erotic interplay and comic spoofing of Nanboku's favorite themes. Ume no haru, like its predecessor, included a monstrous demon cat, but also added a renegade priest who masters rat magic and a thief named Nezumi Koz˘ ("Kid Rat"). With these elements, the play qualified as a type of drama called neko-s˘d˘mono." (from

[5] Another possible reading was "Semewa Nidai Kishi no Tsuwamono".

The name of Nakamura Jűsuke IV in a 1826 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box); all the names were the sakusha at the Nakamuraza

The Nakamura Koichi line of playwrights

The Nakamura Jűsuke line of playwrights

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