NAKAMURA KANZABURÔ VII

Stage names:

Nakamura Kanzaburô VII
Nakamura Akashi III

Guild: Kashiwaya

Line number: SHICHIDAIME (VII)

Existence: 1717 ~ 28th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1775

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Nakamura Kanzaburô I

Grandfather: Nakamura Kankurô I

Father: Nakamura Kankurô II (Kanzaburô VI)

Brother: Nakamura Kanzaburô VIII

Disciple: Nakamura Kanpachi

Career:

1717: born in Edo. He is the eldest son of Nakamura Kankurô I.

8th lunar month of 1750: his father decides to give his name to his elder son and to retire; Nakamura Kanzaburô VI and his son Nakamura Akashi III respectively take the names of Nakamura Kankurô II and Nakamura Kanzaburô VII. The latter becomes the new manager of the Nakamuraza.

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1756: a fire breaks out in the district of Shinzaimoku-chô, which burns down the Nakamuraza. Kanzaburô has to rebuild his theater.

11th lunar month of 1757: his father Nakamura Kankurô II dies.

2nd lunar month of 1760: a fire breaks out in the district of Kanda and spreads to Sûzaki in the district of Fukagawa, which burns down the Nakamuraza. Kanzaburô has to rebuild his theater.

29th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1766: a fire breaks out in the district of Sakai-chô, in the cosmetics shop owned and managed by the actor Onoe Kikugorô I, which burns down the Nakamuraza. This fire is nicknamed "Kikugorô Aburamise Kaji" ("Kikugorô's cosmetics shop fire"). Kanzaburô has to rebuild his theater.

2nd lunar month of 1773: the Nakamuraza celebrates its 150th anniversary. Kanzaburô performs with Nakamura Denkurô II and Nakamura Shôchô in the dances "Kadomatsu" and "Shimbochi Daiko". He also performs in duo with Nakamura Denkurô II in the dance "Saruwaka".

2nd lunar month of 1775: a terrible end of month for the Nakamura clan; Kanzaburô dies the 28th and the Nakamuraza is destroyed by a fire the 29th.

Comments:

Nakamura Kanzaburô VII was the zamoto of the Nakamuraza for 25 years. He appeared on stage only for kôjô or as a dancer in auspicious dances performed for some kaomise or new year programs.

The mon of Nakamura Kanzaburô VII (the ginkgo tree)

The Nakamura Kanzaburô line of actors and theater managers

 
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