|NAKAMURA KUMETARď II|
Nakamura Kumetar˘ II
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Rich˘
Existence: 1763 ~ 9th day of the 7th lunar month of 1808
Master: Arashi Sangor˘ II
15th day of the 7th lunar month of 1777: Nakamura Kumetar˘ I dies.
11th lunar month of 1784: Arashi Fusajir˘ takes the name of Nakamura Kumetar˘ II, becomes zamoto and produces at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Naka ni M˘keru Otogo Kaomise", which welcomes in ďsaka the Edo stars Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Iwai Hanshir˘ IV.
1st lunar month of 1785: Kumetar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki is the very unusual hakuj˘-hakuj˘-hakukichi; he shares the same rank with late Onoe Kikugor˘ I's son Onoe Ushinosuke I, who works as a zamoto at the Kado no Shibai, the rival theater.
Fall 1794: Kumetar˘ goes back to ďsaka.
2nd day of the 5th lunar month of 1803: his master Arashi Raishi I dies.
5th lunar month of 1806: tour in Nagoya.
9th day of the 7th lunar month of 1808: Kumetar˘ dies.
Nakamura Kumetar˘ II was a Kamigata onnagata actor, who was active from the beginning of the Tenmei era to the beginning of the Bunka era. The roles of onna bud˘ or kar˘'s wives were his forte. He was said to be a good actor but failed to achieve the same level of fame as Nakamura Kumetar˘ I. His final ranking in the Kamigata hy˘banki was only one little stroke below j˘-j˘-hankichi.
Nakamura Kumetar˘ II on the stage of the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1790 (print made by Katsukawa Shun'ei)
The Nakamura Kumetar˘ line of actors
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