|NAKAMURA KICHIB╩ I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 1684 ~ 17th day of the 8th lunar month of 1765
Master: Nakamura Denkur˘ I
Son: Nakamura Kichiz˘ I
Before 1713: he starts his career not as an actor but as a taiko mochi. He uses different names like Ikki, Nishuban no Kichibŕ or Uguisu Kichibŕ. He takes part in the 11th lunar month of 1700 in a k˘j˘ with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I on the stage of the Nakamuraza. To learn the art of acting, he becomes a disciple of Nakamura Denkur˘ I.
25th day of the 10th lunar month of 1713: his master Nakamura Denkur˘ I dies.
11th lunar month of 1724: Kichibŕ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki"; his stage partners are Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Matsushima Hy˘tar˘, Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Sodesaki Miwano I, Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I, Fujimura Handayű II, Nakajima Mihoemon I and Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1733: Kichibŕ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the role of Soga no Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Hana Asahi Genji"; his stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Anegawa Shinshir˘ I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Ogino Izabur˘ I, Hayakawa Denshir˘, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Sodesaki Iseno I, Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Sakata Sadashir˘, Yamashita Kamematsu I, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ II and ďtani Ryűzaemon I.
11th lunar month of 1736: Kichibŕ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Tomi Sessh˘seki"; his stage partners are ďtani Hiroji I, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Nakajima Mihoemon I, Arashi Otohachi I, Narumi Goroshir˘ I, Hayakawa Denshir˘, Ogino Izabur˘ I and Kameya Jűjir˘ (who arrives from Kamigata).
11th lunar month of 1737: the play "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Kawarazakiza, as a kaomise drama entitled "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo"; Kichibŕ plays the role of Yat˘ta [casting].
11th lunar month of 1738: Kichibŕ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Korehiro in the kaomise drama "Kotobuki Momiji Kagemasa", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actors Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I and Tomizawa Tatsunosuke.
24th day of the 4th lunar month of 1739: his son Nakamura Kichiz˘ I dies. This sudden death is a terrible blow for Kichibŕ, who decides to retire from the Kabuki world to make his grieving process.1740s ~ 1760s: Kichibŕ, who lives in the district of Kurobune-ch˘ in Edo, works as a taiko mochi in the Shin-Yoshiwara pleasure quarter.
17th day of the 8th lunar month of 1765: Kichibŕ dies in Edo; his tombstone is located in the precinct of the J˘zaiji temple of the Yanaka district.
Nakamura Kichibŕ I was a talented and popular Edo actor, who started his adult life as a taiko mochi, worked as a Kabuki actor from the 1710s to the 1730s and became again a taiko mochi at the beginning of the 1740s. He was a tachiyaku in the 1710s and the 1720s but achieved fame for himself as a d˘kegata in the 1730s. He was an outstanding dancer and became famous for the creation of the dance entitled "Daijinmai" (the Dance of the Millionaires), which was created for the Shin-Yoshiwara patron Kinokuniya Bunzaemon, a famous merchant from Wakayama Prefecture who made his fortune in shipping trade and spent a lot of money in the pleasure quarter.
Nakamura Kichibŕ I (bottom/left), his son Nakamura Kichiz˘ I (top/left) and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (top/right) playing the roles of Yat˘ta, Princess Hitomaru and Chichibu no Korokur˘ in the kaomise drama "Urűzuki Ninin Kagekiyo", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the Kawarazakiza
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