NAKAMURA JZ II

Stage names:

Nakamura Jz II
Ogurayama Sentar

Guild: Hiranoya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Koy

Existence: 1740 ~ 12th day of the 6th lunar month of 1788

Connections:

Father: Ogurayama Hyakumatsu II

Adoptive father: Nakamura Kichiemon I

Disciples: Nakamura Iwaz, Nakamura Iwamatsu, Nakamura Jmatsu, Nakamura Hikosabur, Nakamura Daizabur, Ogurayama Senz

Career:

1740: born in Kyto. Son of the dkegata actor.

12th day of the 11th lunar month of 1756: his father Ogurayama Hyakumatsu II dies.

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shinkki", which is simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Sentar plays in the former theater the role of Miyoshi Shurinotay Masayasu.

11th lunar month of 1759: Nakamura Jz I and his disciple Ogurayama Sentar respectively take the names of Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Jz II at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing together in the kaomise drama "Hnen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar I and also celebrates the shmei of Matsuya Shinjr and Yamanaka Heijr II.

1st lunar month of 1764: Jz plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Murakoshi Sanjr and Mri Terumoto in Namiki Shz I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which is produced by Arashi Matsunoj III.

17th day of the 6th lunar month of 1770: his adoptive father Nakamura Kichiemon I dies.

Fall 1771: Jz goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1771: Jz plays at the Moritaza the role of Fuwa Banzaemon in the kaomise drama "Fukikaete Tsuki no Yoshiwara", which celebrates the arrival of the new zagashira Ichikawa Danjr V.

1st lunar month of 1772: Jz plays in the same theater the role of Soga Gor Tokimune in the new year drama "Hatsu Akebono Niwatori Soga"; the roles of Soga Jr Sukenari and Kud Saemon Suketsune are played by Ichikawa Danjr V and Nakamura Tomijr I.

1st lunar month of 1774: Jz plays in the same theater the role of Kud Saemon Suketsune in Horikoshi Saiy's new year sogamono "Kite Hajime Hatsugai Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor Tokimune and Soga Jr Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Yaoz II and Band Mitsugor I.

Fall 1774: Jz goes back to saka.

11th lunar month of 1774: Jz plays at the Naka no Shibai in the drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi".

1st lunar month of 1775: Jz is listed in the saka hybanki in the "kanjiku sampukutsui" section (a trio of kanjiku tachiyaku actors), along with Arashi Kichisabur I and Nakayama Raisuke I.

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in saka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Jz plays the role of Ariwara no Yukihira [more details].

1st lunar month of 1780: Namiki Goh's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" is produced for the first time in Kyto; Jz plays the roles of Hayakawa Takakage and Mashiba Hisayoshi [casting].

Summer 1781: tour in Nagoya, Matsuzaka and Ise.

Summer 1782: Jz goes to Edo.

8th lunar month of 1782: Jz plays at the Moritaza in the drama "Koko ga Otoko no Tatehiki Tokoro".

Fall 1782: Jz goes to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1782: Jz plays in Kyto the roles of Kat Saemon Shigeuji and Araki Saemon in the kaomise drama "Gosekky Suehiro Keizu", which celebrates the shmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.

1st ~ 4th lunar months of 1784: tour in Nagoya with Nakamura Tomijr I.

End of 1784: Jz goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1785: Jz plays at the Kiriza the roles of Watanabe no Tsuna and Tawara Senju in the kaomise program "Otokoyama Furisode Genji", which celebrates the shmei of Band Mitsugor II.

11th lunar month of 1786: Jz plays at the Kiriza in the kaomise program "Mutsu no Hana Izu no Hataage", which celebrates the shmei of Nakayama Kojr VI who takes back the name of Nakamura Nakaz I.

11th lunar month of 1787: Jz plays in Kyto at the Nishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Koko ni Kiwamaru Gojin no Sonae".

1st lunar month of 1788: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the nishi no Shibai of the drama "Gishinden Yomikiri Kshaku"; Jz plays the roles of boshi Yuranosuke and Nikki Tamon-no-Kami [more details]. It was supposed to be staged first in Kyto at the beginning of the month at the Nishi no Shibai but the theater was destroyed by fire the 29th day of the 1st lunar month. The troupe goes to saka to perform at the nishi no Shibai and to celebrate the shmei of Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

3rd lunar month of 1788: Jz leaves the nishi no Shibai to join the Naka no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1788: Jz appears on stage for the last time, in saka at the Naka no Shibai, playing the role of Masaki Otoemon in the drama "Takakiyabashi Kenka no Shbuzuke".

12th day of the 6th lunar month of 1788: Jz dies in saka.

Comments:

Nakamura Jz II was a talented and popular tachiyaku actor, who spent most of his career during the second half of the 18th century in Kamigata and made some successful stays in Edo. His two fields of excellence were wajitsu and budgoto. He was said to be "personally charming and a brilliant actor" (according to "The Actor's Image").

He temporarily changed the writing of his first name during his first stay in Edo (1771~1774):

Classic writing Edo writing
十蔵 重蔵

Nakamura Jz II playing the role of Kajiwara Heiz Kagetoki in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Moritaza
(print made by Katsukawa Shunsh)

 
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