NAKAMURA KICHIEMON I

Stage names:

Nakamura Kichiemon I
Nakamura Kitsuemon
Nakamura Jz I
Sanogawa Jz

Guild: Hiranoya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 1694 ~ 17th day of the 6th lunar month of 1770

Connections:

Brother/master: Sanogawa Mangiku

Adopted son: Nakamura Jz II

Disciples: Edosaka Kyemon, Nakamura Danz, Nakamura Bunz, Nakamura Kichiji, Nakamura Ushiemon, Nakamura Yaehachi, Nakamura Jb (Takeshima Kzaemon IV), Nakamura Taiz, Nakamura Matsusuke

Career:

1694: born in the province of Bansh. His father is a rnin named Sud. He starts his career when he is over 20 and becomes a disciple of his brother Sanogawa Mangiku, who gives him the name of Sanogawa Jz.

Fall 1723: Jz goes to Edo after a tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1723: Jz becomes tachiyaku and plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Kaikeizan".

Fall 1724: Jz goes to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1724: Sanogawa Jz takes the name of Nakamura Jz I, playing the role of Hanazato Kakubei in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Shimadai", which is produced by the zamoto Ogino Umenosuke for the nadai Ebisuya Kichirb.

11th lunar month of 1725: Jz becomes jitsuaku and plays in the kaomise drama "kamado Hatsumen Bako", which is produced by his brother Sanogawa Mangiku for the nadai Hayagumo Chday. He also changes the writing of his first name:

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Fall 1726: Jz goes to saka.

11th lunar month of 1726: Jz switches back to tachiyaku roles and plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kanematsu Miyakonosuke in the kaomise drama "Hakoiri Daikoku Gane", which is produced by Kaneko Kichizaemon.

11th lunar month of 1730: Jz plays in saka the role of Sakuragawa Ksuke in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku e no Kbai", which is produced by Asao Motogor I.

1st lunar month of 1731: Jz's rank in the saka hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1731: Jz plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Takahama Kuranoj in the kaomise drama "Aioi Kikenj", which is produced by Arashi Kokuseki.

1st lunar month of 1732: Jz's rank in the saka hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1733: Jz becomes zamoto and produces in saka the kaomise drama "Shigeri Matsu Kogane no Takaragura".

11th lunar month of 1734: Jz produces at the nishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "Asahi no Matsu Kogane no Shinbashira".

9th lunar month of 1735: Jz produces at the nishi no Shibai the drama "Ashiya Dman uchi Kagami", in which he plays the role of Dman.

11th lunar month of 1735: Jz produces at the nishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "yamato Kane no Kinzan".

11th lunar month of 1736: Jz plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Furmon Kon no Shikigawara"; his stage partners are Arashi San'emon III, Arashi Sanjr II, Sanogawa Hanazuma I, Yamashita Matatar I, Nakayama Shinkur I and Fujikawa Heikur.

11th lunar month of 1740: Jz produces at the Kado no Shibai the kaomise drama "Hanaikusa Nishiki no Manmaku".

1st lunar month of 1741: Jz's rank in the saka hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1742: Jz produces at the nishi no Shibai the kaomise drama "Kud Suketsune iso Gayoi".

Summer 1743: tour in Nara.

11th lunar month of 1743: Jz produces at the nishi no Shibai Namiki Ssuke's kaomise drama "Futatsu Biki Nishiki no Manmaku", which celebrates the arrival in saka of the star Sawamura Sjr I.

9th lunar month of 1745: Jz produces at the nishi no Shibai the drama "Ashiya Dman uchi Kagami", in which he plays the role of Dman; his stage partners are Yoshizawa Ayame II (Kuzu-no-Ha), Band Toyosabur I (Abe no Yasuna), Nakayama Shinkur I (Yokanpei), Arashi Shichigor I (Yakanpei, Shgen) and Ichikawa Danz III (Sakon Tar).

Fall 1745: Jz goes to Kyto after 19 seasons spent in saka.

11th lunar month of 1745: Jz plays the role of Kuroda Honz in the kaomise drama "Toragoyomi Hoteibukuro", which is produced by Nakamura Kumetar I.

1st lunar month of 1746: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, is j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1747: Jz plays at Miyako Handay's theater the role of Kanki in Chikamatsu Monaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen"; the roles of Watnai and Kinshjo are played by Fujikawa Heikur and Tatsuoka Hisagiku.

1st lunar month of 1748: Jz goes to saka and produces at the Kado no Shibai the new year drama "Keisei Yoshiokazome".

11th lunar month of 1748: Jz goes back to Kyto and plays the role of Ashikaga Yoshinori in the kaomise drama "Jidai Makie Chshingura", which is produced by Nakamura Matsub I.

Fall 1749: Jz goes to saka.

11th lunar month of 1749: Jz produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Fry Gosho Zakura".

1st lunar month of 1750: Jz's rank in the saka hybanki, tachiyaku section, is k-j-j-kichi (meritorious - superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1750: Jz produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Yasa Heike Sakiwake Musha".

1st lunar month of 1751: Jz is skanjiku ("global kanjiku") in the saka hybanki.

11th lunar month of 1752: the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" is staged for the first time in saka, as a kaomise drama, at the Naka no Shibai; it is produced by Jz, who also plays the role of Okabe Rokuyata [casting].

Fall 1755: Jz goes to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1755: Jz plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Noto-no-Kami Noritsune in the kaomise drama "Onna Monji Heike Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1756: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, is goku-j-j-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1756: Jz goes to saka.

11th lunar month of 1756: Jz plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1757: Jz's rank in the saka hybanki, tachiyaku section, is goku-j-j-kichi (extreme - superior - superior - excellent).

Fall 1757: Jz goes to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1757: Jz plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Okabe Rokuyata in the kaomise drama "yashiro Musubu no Sanban Tsuzuki", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar I and Somematsu Matsujir. He also plays the role of Kan Shj in the kiri kygen drama "Kitano no Goengi Senbon Ume".

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shinkki", which is simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]; Jz plays in the former theater the role of Konoshita Tkichi.

11th lunar month of 1758: Jz plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Homare Musha Senri no Kachidoki", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar I and Somematsu Matsujir.

11th lunar month of 1759: Nakamura Jz I and his disciple Ogurayama Sentar respectively take the names of Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Jz II at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing together in the kaomise drama "Hnen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which is produced by Sawamura Kunitar I and also celebrates the shmei of Matsuya Shinjr.

2nd lunar month of 1760: Nakamura Kichiemon I takes the name of Nakamura Kitsuemon at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the role of Watanabe Honz in the new year drama "Keisei Chikai no Kane".

Fall 1761: Kitsuemon goes to saka.

11th lunar month of 1761: Nakamura Kitsuemon takes back the name of Nakamura Kichiemon I at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Stsui Hoshi Kamakura Kagami", which is produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I.

5th lunar month of 1762: premiere in saka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Shz I's drama "Koi Hakke Hashira Goyomi", which is a revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daikyji Mukashi Goyomi"; Kichiemon plays the role of Kishino Ysuke [more details].

7th lunar month of 1763: Kichiemon plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kan Shj in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners are Nakayama Shinkur I (Kakuju, Fujiwara no Shihei), Arashi Hinasuke I (Haru), Anegawa Daikichi I (Tonami, Yae), Asao Tamejr I (Hye, Shund Genba), Nakayama Raisuke I (Umemaru), Band Toyosabur I (Shiratay), Fujikawa Hachiz I (Genz, Sukune Tar), Ichinokawa Hikoshir II (Sakuramaru), Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II (Chiyo, Tatsuta) and Nakayama Bunshichi I (Matsumaru, Terukuni).

11th lunar month of 1763: the play "Suma no Miyako Genpei Tsutsuji", which was originally written by Hasegawa Senshi and Matsuda Bunkd for the puppet theater in 1730, is adapted for Kabuki 33 years later by the playwright Namiki Eisuke I. It is entitled "Sakigake Genpei Tsutsuji" (the second drama of an unusual 3-part kaomise program) and staged at the Naka no Shibai, starring Kichiemon and Arashi Hinasuke I in the roles of Kumagai Jir Naozane and Taira no Atsumori.

9th lunar month of 1764: premire in saka at the Naka no Shibai of "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which is produced by Mimasu Daigor I. A similar play was staged one day before under a different title, "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Kado no Shibai. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Kichiemon plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Takaichi Buemon [casting].

11th lunar month of 1767: Kichiemon plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shitenn Maizuru gi".

Fall 1768: Kichiemon goes to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1768: Kichiemon plays in Kyto in the kaomise drama "Enmusubi Asahi no Shimadai", which is produced by Onoe Kumesuke.

1st lunar month of 1769: Kichiemon appears on stage for the last time, in Kyto, playing the role of Asai Shrinosuke in the new year drama "Keisei Sato no Kinzan".

17th day of the 6th lunar month of 1770: Kichiemon dies.

Comments:

"Nakamura Kichiemon began to rise as Anegawa Shinshir I declined. Kichiemon had the advantage of being ten years younger than Shinshir, and was well-born, since he was the son of a samurai who had turned rnin. He lived in saka, and as his younger brother became an onnagata, he was also influenced to enter the profession, performing during his earlier career in provincial theatres, especially in Ise, and later in Edo. His specialty was to represent samurai, and he was excellent as a stage fighter. No doubt his samurai antecedents had given him his taste in this direction. As samurai of noble mien and aristocratic bearing he was at his best." (Zo Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Nakamura Kichiemon I playing the role of the curio dealer Magoemon in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1765 at the Naka no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Kichiemon line of actors

 
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