NAKAMURA KICHINOJď
   
THREE GENERATIONS
Nakamura Kichinoj˘ I
Nakamura Kichinoj˘ I  In Japanese | Nakamura Harinosuke  In Japanese
 

Born in T˘ky˘ in Asakusa the 28th of November 1886. He started his career in June 1892 as a disciple of Nakamura Tokiz˘ I, performing as a koyaku in tabi shibai. He made his debut in T˘ky˘ in April 1894 at the Hong˘za, where he perfomed in "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He joined Nakamura Kichiemon I, became nadai and received the name of Nakamura Kichinoj˘ I in September 1918 at the Ichimuraza. He played the role of the priest Zangetsu for the first revival since 1817 of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was entitled "Kiyomizudera Azuma Bunsh˘" and was staged at the Hong˘za in October 1927 [more details]. He appeared on stage for the last time, in June 1957 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he played the roles of Gokan'˘, a kanjo and the bant˘ Ch˘kur˘ in "Osono Rokusa", "Mikasayama Goten" and "H˘kaib˘". He died the 8th of January 1958. He was an outstanding supporting actor, nicknamed the grand bant˘ (ďbant˘ in Japanese) as he excelled in bant˘ roles. He was a mainstay in the Nakamura Kichiemon Gekidan troupe (the troupe led by his master Nakamura Kichiemon I) and his best roles were Sagisaka Bannai ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Ch˘kur˘ ("Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome"), Hirayama no Mushadokoro ("Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"), Mareyo ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami") and Kamaya Buhŕ ("Sh˘chikubai Yushima no Kakegaku").

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Harimaya Yoshida Masakichi

Nakamura Kichinoj˘ I playing the role of the landlord Rokurobŕ in the drama "Gonza to Sukejű"

Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II
 

The actor Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II is the current holder of the name since September 1994.

Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II
Courtesy of DANGO JIR█ HYPER
This image was part of an amazing 2010 web project, which was entitled Kabuki Bijin Tokei (The Kabuki Beautiful People Clock), a special countdown with original pictures of Kabuki actors, one picture per day up to the closing of the Kabukiza (video on youtube)
Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II was Number 108 in this countdown (online the 13th of January 2010, 108 days to go before the closing of T˘ky˘'s most famous theater)

Nakamura Kichinoj˘ III
 

The actor Nakamura Kichinoj˘ III is the current holder of the name since September 2016.

 
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