NAKAMURA KAISHA

Stage names:

Nakamura Kaisha In Japanese
Nakamura Naritar˘ I In Japanese

Real name: Katsura Eitar˘

Guild: Shinkomaya

Existence: 21 December 1875 ~ 13 March 1945

Connections:

Master: Nakamura Ganjir˘ I

Adopted son: Nakamura Naritar˘ II

Disciple: Nakamura Komajaku

Career:

December 1875: born in ďsaka.

1880: he becomes a disciple of Nakamura Ganjir˘ I.

October 1881: he takes the name of Nakamura Naritar˘ I in ďsaka at the Ebisuza.

1899: Naritar˘ goes to T˘ky˘ and joins the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji I.

November 1909: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku", in ďsaka at the Asahiza, which is based on a new script written by Watanabe Katei; Naritar˘ plays the role of Okichi [casting].

January 1910: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Minamiza; Naritar˘ plays the role of Okichi [casting].

July 1911: Naritar˘ plays at the Asahiza (ďsaka) the roles of Issun Tokubŕ and Otatsu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami". His stage partners are Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I (Danshichi) and Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV (Tsuribune Sabu).

November 1911: Naritar˘ plays at the Nakaza (ďsaka) the roles of Nureginu and Jihiz˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". His stage partners are Jitsukawa Enjaku II (Yokoz˘, Katsuyori) and Arashi Tokusabur˘ V (Princess Yaegaki).

January 1914: Nakamura Naritar˘ I takes the name of Nakamura Kaisha in ďsaka at the Naniwaza.

May 1919: Kaisha plays at the Naniwaza the role of Nureginu in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the roles of Princess Yaegaki and Katsuyori are played by Nakamura Jakuemon III and Nakamura Ganjir˘ I.

13 March 1945: Kaisha is killed in the bombing of ďsaka by the US Army.

Comments:

Nakamura Kaisha was a leading pre-WW2 Kamigata actor, able to perform both onnagata and tachiyaku roles, who costarred Nakamura Ganjir˘ I, Nakamura Jakuemon III and Nakamura Baigyoku III.

Nakamura Kaisha's best roles: Koharu (the "Kawash˘" of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shinjű Ten no Amijima"), Ohaya (the Hikimado scene of "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"), Umegawa ("Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai") and Takebe Genz˘ (the "Terakoya" scene of "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami").

Nakamura Kaisha playing the role of Okaru in the drama "Yoi K˘shin" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1925)

Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950

The Nakamura Naritar˘ line of actors

 
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