NAKAMURA KUMETARď II

Stage names:

Nakamura Kumetar˘ II
Arashi Fusajir˘

Guild: Daikokuya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Rich˘

Existence: 1763 ~ 9th day of the 7th lunar month of 1808

Connection:

Master: Arashi Sangor˘ II

Career:

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.

5th lunar month of 1785: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Hanji's puppet theater drama "Shinpan Utazaimon", which is staged at the Naka no Shibai; Kumetar˘ plays the role of Hisamatsu [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1787: Kumetar˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

Fall 1790: Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III, Tanimura Toraz˘ and Kumetar˘ go together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1790: Kumetar˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of the keisei Naniwazu in the kaomise drama "Sayo no Nakayama Hiiki no Tsurigane".

8th lunar month of 1794: Kumetar˘ plays at the Kiriza the role of Oyasu in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi"; the role of Shunkan is played by Ichikawa Komaz˘ III.

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.

Comments:

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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