NAKAJIMA KANZAEMON II

Stage names:

Nakajima Kanzaemon II
Nakajima Kanroku I
Nakajima Sukeroku

Guild: Nakajimaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Zesh˘, Zek˘

Existence: 1696 ~ 5th day of the 8th lunar month of 1762

Connection:

Grandfather: Abura Kanroku

Father: Nakajima Kanzaemon I

Son: Nakajima Kanzaemon III

Career:

1696: born in Edo. His first name is Nakajima Sukeroku. Later on, As a tribute to his grandfather Abura Kanroku, he receives the name of Nakajima Kanroku I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Kanroku plays at the Moritaza the role of Sasabe Heiji in Mitsushima Shichir˘zaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

22nd day of the 4th lunar month of 1716: his father Nakajima Kanzaemon I dies.

Fall 1716: Nakajima Kanroku I takes the name of Nakajima Kanzaemon II at the Moritaza.

Fall 1740: Kanzaemon goes to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1740: Kanzaemon plays at Miyako Mandayű's theater in the kaomise drama "Asuka Miyako Jindai no Maki" and the drama "Hayazaki Taiheiki".

Fall 1742: Kanzaemon goes back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1742: Kanzaemon plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Keisei Akazawayama".

1st lunar month of 1747: Kanzaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

5th lunar month of 1747: Kanzaemon plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sukune Tar˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1747: Kanzaemon plays at the Moritaza the role of Suruga Zenji in the kaomise drama "Aruji M˘ke Onna Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1748: Kanzaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

6th lunar month of 1749: Kanzaemon plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ono no Kudayű in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1751: Kanzaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, slightly falls below the j˘-j˘-kichi rank (superior - superior - excellent).

5th lunar month of 1755: Kanzaemon plays at the Moritaza the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of En'ya Hangan is played by Matsuyama Sanjűr˘.

2nd lunar month of 1762: Kanzaemon appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of ďmi no Kot˘ta in the new year drama "Soga Biiki Nihon Zakura". He falls ill and has to retire.

5th day of the 8th lunar month of 1762: Kanzaemon dies in Edo; his tombstone is located in the precinct of the H˘onji temple in the district of Honjo.

Comments:

Nakajima Kanzaemon II was a Edo katakiyaku actor, who made a successful career from the end of the H˘ei era to the end of the H˘reki era. His ranking was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) for 3 years (1748~1750) and he excelled in warrior roles in jidaimono dramas.

Nakajima Kanzaemon II playing the role of the villain Wakasa no Zenji Yasumura in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki", which was staged 11th lunar month of 1739 at the Nakamuraza

In the 1st lunar month of 1754 at the Ichimuraza

The Nakajima Kanzaemon line of actors

 
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