NAKAMURA KANZABURď
   
EIGHTEEN GENERATIONS
Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I
 

The founder of the line Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I held this name from his birth in 1598 to his death in the 6th lunar month of 1658.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II
 

The actor and zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II held this name from 1662 to the 8th lunar month of 1674.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II performing the role of Ikkyű (illustration from the 1674 hy˘banki "Shin Yar˘ Hanagaki")

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ III
 

The actor and zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ III held this name from the 9th lunar month of 1674 to the 8th lunar month of 1678.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IV
 

The actor Nakamura Denkur˘ I held the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IV from the 8th lunar month of 1678 to the 12th lunar month of 1683.

In front of the Nakamuraza with the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IV written on the wooden board below the theater's yagura at the center; on the left and on the right were the names of Nakayama Sayonosuke and Tamagawa Sennoj˘ III (illustration from the 1684 hy˘banki "Yar˘ Sanza no Wabi")

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ V
 

The actor and zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ V held this name from the 10th lunar month of 1684 to the 9th lunar month of 1701.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ V in an ilustration from the book "Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu" (1st lunar month of 1693)

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VI
 

The zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VI held this name from the 10th lunar month of 1701 to the 7th lunar month of 1750.

The name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VI in a 1721 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); the two others names were the zamoto at the Ichimuraza and Moritaza

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VII
 

The zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VII held this name from the 8th lunar month of 1750 to the 2nd lunar month of 1775.

The name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VII in a 1766 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); all the names were the zamoto at the Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Moritaza

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII
 

The actor and zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII held this name from the 9th lunar month of 1775 to the 11th lunar month of 1777.

The name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII in a 1776 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); all the names were the zamoto at the Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Moritaza

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX
Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX  In Japanese | Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III  In Japanese | Nakamura Shichinosuke I  In Japanese
 

Born in Edo in 1765. Grandson of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, he started his career as a koyaku in 1769, performing under the name of Nakamura Shichinosuke I. A great shűmei for Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V was staged at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1770, as part of the in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato". Nakamura Shichinosuke I and his grandfather Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II respectively took the names of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ during this event, which also celebrated the arrival in Edo of Ichikawa Danz˘ III and Yamashita Kinsaku II. Shichisabur˘ was adopted in 1777 by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII, who died the 15th of the 11th lunar month of 1777. He finally took the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX in the 1st lunar month of 1778 and managed the theater for 8 seasons, up to his sudden death the 29th day of the 7th lunar month of 1785 [1]. He was the father of the playwright Nakamura Jűsuke II.

The name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX in a 1784 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); all the names were the zamoto at the Nakamuraza, Moritaza and Kiriza

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ X
Nakamura Kanzabur˘ X  In Japanese
 

Born in Edo in a wealthy family living in the district of Asakusa Fukui-ch˘. His name was Sait˘ Kumakichi. He gave 300 ry˘ to Nakamura Kanzabur˘ VIII in order to marry his daughter Osan. He took the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ X in the 6th lunar month of 1786 and became the new zamoto of the Nakamuraza. He produced at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1786, along with , on the kaomise drama "Kumoi no Hana Yoshino no Wakamusha", which was written by Kanai Sansh˘, Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Nakamura Jűsuke II, which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Murajir˘ and starred Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III, ďtani Hiroji III, Onoe Matsusuke I, Osagawa Tsuneyo II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu III, Nakajima Kanzaemon III and Band˘ Matatar˘ IV. This was the only kaomise program he could ever produced. He tried to manage the theater but the debt was too heavy and, in a cowardly way, he decided to run away in the 4th lunar month of 1787. He died in Edo the 3rd day of the 5th lunar month of 1810 [2].

The cover of an ehon banzuke for the kaomise drama "Kumoi no Hana Yoshino no Wakamusha", which was staged at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1786

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XI
 

The zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XI held this name from the 4th lunar month of 1787 to the 8th lunar month of 1829.

The name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XI in a 1802 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); all the names were the zamoto at the Nakamuraza, Ichimuraza and Kawarazakiza

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII
 

The zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII held this name from the 8th lunar month of 1829 to the 3rd lunar month of 1850.

The name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII in a 1842 Edo hy˘banki (within the red shape); the two others names were the zamoto at the Ichimuraza and Kawarazakiza

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII
 

The zamoto Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII held this name from the 4th lunar month of 1850 to 1875.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada II in 1865

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIV
 

The actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ III never officially held the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIV but he was considered as the 14th in this line of zamoto.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XV
 

The zamoto Nakamura Akashi V, son of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII, never officially held the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XV but he was considered as the 15th member of this line.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVI
 

Nakamura Fujiko, the daughter of Nakamura Akashi V and granddaughter of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII, was considered as the 16th member of this line.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII
 

The actor Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII held this name from January 1950 to April 1988.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII playing the role of Miuranosuke in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki" in a print made by ďta Masamitsu

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII
 

The actor Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII held this name from March 2005 to December 2012.

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII playing the role of Okane in the dance "ďmi no Okane" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)

[1] The 29th day of the 7th lunar month of the 5th year of the Tenmei era was the 2nd of September 1785 in the western calendar.

[2] The 3rd day of the 5th lunar month of the 7th year of the Bunka era was the 4th of June 1810 in the western calendar.

 
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