LESSER KNOWN ACTORS - NAKAMURA
   
Nakamura Danz˘
Nakamura Danz˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Manbŕ  In Japanese | Kataoka Manbŕ  In Japanese | Nakamura Danz˘  In Japanese | Kataoka Danz˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Sanza  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Nakamura Jűz˘ I, he received the stage name of Nakamura Sanza and he started to perform as a katakiyaku in ďsaka from 1739. He went to Ky˘to in Fall 1740 and took the name of Kataoka Danz˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1740, perforing in the kaomise drama "Asuka Miyako Jindai no Maki", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I for the nadai Miyako Mandayű. He took the name of Nakamura Danz˘ in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1742 at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the role of Daimojiya Shibaemon in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Konrei Nagoya" which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I. He took the name of Kataoka Manbŕ in the 11th lunar month of 1759, in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, performing in the kaomise drama "H˘nen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki" which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Jűz˘ II and Matsuya Shinjűr˘. He took the name of Nakamura Manbŕ in the 11th lunar month of 1760 in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Ishid˘ Kenmotsu in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki" which was produced by his son Nakamura Senz˘. He took back the name of Nakamura Danz˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1761, in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing the roles of the hinin Gonji and Toshiemon's wife Onoe in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena" which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I. He went back to ďsaka in Fall 1765, after 14 seasons spent in Ky˘to. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1765 at the Naka no Shibai the role of Danj˘ Saemon, in reality Noto-no-Kami Noritsune, in the kaomise drama "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki", which was produced by Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakamura Utaemon I. He went back to Ky˘to in Fall 1772. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Mifune Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "ďsaka Zaiku Araki no Mokuz˘", which was produced by Yoshizawa Iroha I. Danz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent). No record afterwards. He was the father of Nakamura Senz˘ and the master of Nakamura Shinz˘.

Onoe Shinshichi I (left) and Nakamura Danz˘ (right) playing the roles of Sata no Shiratayű and Mifune Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "ďsaka Zaiku Araki no Mokuz˘", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Minamigawa no Shibai

Nakamura Kanjűr˘
Nakamura Kanjűr˘  In Japanese | Yamatogawa Kanjűr˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He was the son of the Ky˘to d˘kegata actor Sendai Yagoshichi. During his youth, he met and received the patronage of the Edo star Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I when he was in Ky˘to in 1699. He stayed in Edo for a while and, afterwards, performed in tabi shibai. He took the name of Yamatogawa Kanjűr˘ and started his career in ˘shibai in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1721, performing as a tachiyaku in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Mirume no Seki". He took the name of Nakamura Kanjűr˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1722 in Ky˘to, playing the role of the kar˘ Sasaemon in the kaomise drama "Aioi ďshimadai", which was produced by Ogino Yaegiri I. He went to ďsaka in Fall 1725 and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ikoma Hachiroemon in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II. His ranking in the 1726 ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior). He played at the Naka no Shibai in the 2nd lunar month of 1726 the role of Nagaoka Rokurozaemon in the drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘". No record afterwards.

Yamamoto Hikogor˘ (left) and Nakamura Kanjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Igaya Kuemon and Oya Hikozaemon in the drama "K˘ri no Haraobi Inochi no Kaname", which was staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai in the 12th lunar month of 1725

Nakamura Keijo
Nakamura Keijo  In Japanese | Nakamura Daikichi IV  In Japanese | Onoe Taminoj˘  In Japanese | Kan˘ Fukusuke  In Japanese
 

Born in Kamigata in 1836. Disciple of Kan˘ Hinasabur˘, he started his career at the end of the Kaei era, performing under the name of Kan˘ Fukusuke. He became a disciple of Onoe Tamiz˘ II in 1859 and received the name of Onoe Taminoj˘. He became a disciple of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II in 1866 and took the name of Nakamura Daikichi IV. Then, he took the name of Nakamura Keijo in the 7th lunar month of 1869 in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai, playing the roles of Ohaya and Okon in the dramas "Dekiaki Koi no Yamazaki" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" (Jitsukawa Enjaku I played the role of Mitsugi in the latter drama). He died the 15th of August 1875. He was a popular onnagata actor, excelling in ny˘b˘ roles.

Nojima Jusabur˘ in the book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" wrote that Nakamura Keijo held the name of Nakamura Sennosuke between the second half of the 1840s and 1869. In "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", Nakamura Keijo's stage names were all listed without any Nakamura Sennosuke. We've decided to stay in line with the book "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

Yag˘ Haimy˘
Yawataya Keishi, Haj˘, Naruo

Nakamura Keijo playing the role of Onoe in the drama "Kagamiyama", which was staged in May 1875 at the Chikugo no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)

Nakamura Komajaku
Nakamura Komajaku  In Japanese | Nakamura Shigeijaku  In Japanese
 

Born in ďsaka the 28th of November 1908. Son of the actor Yamaguchi Sh˘jir˘ (who used the stage name Nakamura Gihei), he started his career in June 1914 at the Kadoza, where he played the role of Yasomatsu in the drama "Keya-mura", sharing the stage with Nakamura Shibajaku IV (Osono), Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I (Rokusuke) and Arashi Gansh˘ (Ky˘goku no Takumi). He became a disciple of Nakamura Shibajaku IV and received the name of Nakamura Shigeijaku in November 1916. After the passing away of his master the 15th of November 1927, he became a disciple of Nakamura Kaisha. He took the name of Nakamura Komajaku in July 1943 and became nadai in January 1945. His second master died the 13th of March 1945. After WWII, he joined Ichikawa Jukai III. He performed in Kansai most of his career as a supporting onnagata actor. He appeared on stage for the last time in December 1984, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he played the role of the taiko mochi Sanpachi in the drama "Yoshidaya". He died the 25th of January 1986.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Shinkomaya Yamaguchi Shigenori
Nakamura Ky˘emon
Nakamura Ky˘emon  In Japanese | ďtani Rikiz˘ II  In Japanese | ďtani Hiroz˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 31st of May 1924 in T˘ky˘. He started his career in January 1942 in Hokkaid˘ at the Kotoni K˘kaid˘. He became a disciple of ďtani Tomoemon VI, who gave him the name of ďtani Hiroz˘ in May 1942. His master passed away the 1st of September 1943. After WWII, his new master was ďtani Tomoemon VII. He became nadai and took the name of ďtani Rikiz˘ II in July 1958 at the Shinjuku Sh˘chikuza, performing in "Dakki no Ohyaku" and "Yotsuya Kaidan". He finally took the name of Nakamura Ky˘emon in September 1964 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Ishihara Shingo in the drama "Kinkakuji" which was staged in a special program celebrating the shűmei of his master Nakamura Jakuemon IV and his two sons, ďtani Tomoemon VIII and Nakamura Shibajaku VII. He appeared on stage for the last time in June 1985, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga". He retired from the Kabuki stages afterwards, due to health issues. He died the 28th of November 1999. He was an important supporting actor for the Ky˘ya guild. He and Nakamura Ky˘ka were the two favorite k˘ken of Nakamura Jakuemon IV.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Ky˘ya, Akashiya It˘ Tomosabur˘
Nakamura Ky˘ka
Nakamura Ky˘ka  In Japanese | ďtani Akiyo  In Japanese | ďtani Hiroya  In Japanese
 

Born the 28th of February 1929. He started his career in 1948 as a disciple of ďtani Tomoemon VII, who gave him the name of ďtani Hiroya. He became nadai and took the name of ďtani Akiyo in April 1955 at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of the nakai Omaki and Akiyo in the dramas "Saig˘ to Butahime" and "Oyako D˘r˘". He finally took the name of Nakamura Ky˘ka in September 1964 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of a kanjo in the drama "Mikasayama Goten" which was staged in a special program celebrating the shűmei of his master Nakamura Jakuemon IV and his two sons, ďtani Tomoemon VIII and Nakamura Shibajaku VII. He played in June 1997 at the Kabukiza the role of the koshimoto Kozakura in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". Then, he appeared on stage for the last time in September 1997, in T˘ky˘ at the Sunshine Theater, where he performed in the Kabuki version of William Shakespeare's drama "Hamlet" (entitled "Hamuretto Yamato Nishikie"). He died the 15th of November 1997. He was an important supporting onnagata actor for the Ky˘ya guild, expert in nakai, koshimoto, shinz˘ or kanjo roles. He and Nakamura Ky˘emon were the two favorite k˘ken of Nakamura Jakuemon IV.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Ky˘ya, Akashiya Tomizuka Tanjir˘
Nakamura Manjir˘
Nakamura Manjir˘  In Japanese | Shinomiya Manjir˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Shinomiya Genpachi, he received the stage name of Shinomiya Manjir˘ and he started to perform as a wakashugata at the Yamamuraza from 1702. He took the name of Nakamura Manjir˘ in the 1st lunar month of 1711, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the new year drama "Senrei Suehiro Soga". He played in the 1st lunar month of 1713 the role of Chidorinosuke at the Ichimuraza in the new year drama "Taihei Onna Imagawa". His rank in the 1713 Edo hy˘banki, wakashugata section, was (superior). No record afterwards.

Nakamura Ryűnosuke
Nakamura Ryűnosuke  In Japanese
 

Born the 22nd of April 1995. Son of Nakamura Karoku V, grandson of Nakamura Kash˘ II, great-grandson of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, great-great-grandson of Nakamura Karoku III and great-great-great-grandson of Nakamura Karoku I, he made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in July 2000 at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Nakamura Ryűnosuke and played the role of the wakadono Shunsh˘gimi in the drama "Uwajima S˘d˘". He played at the Kabukiza in March 2006 and at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ in May 2006. No record afterwards. He stopped acting.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yorozuya Ogawa Tomoya
Nakamura Shirobŕ
Nakamura Shirobŕ  In Japanese | Nakamura Kashichi II  In Japanese | Kagaya Kashichi II  In Japanese | Nakamura Nakasuke I  In Japanese | Nakamura Hashinosuke  In Japanese | Fujikawa Otokichi  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He was a relative of Nakamura Utaemon III. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Fujikawa Tomokichi I, who gave him the name of Fujikawa Otokichi. He was trained in kodomo shibai in miyaji shibai in Kamigata. He became a disciple of Nakamura Utaemon III and received the name of Nakamura Hashinosuke. He went to Edo at the beginning of 1808 and took the name of Nakamura Nakasuke I in the 3rd lunar month of 1808 at the Nakamuraza. He went back to Kamigata in 1811, where he took the names of Kagaya Kashichi II in the 9th lunar month of 1811. Then he took the name of Nakamura Kashichi II in the 8th lunar month of 1812. He finally took the name of Nakamura Shirobŕ in the 8th lunar month of 1839, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, during a program commemorating the 1st anniversary (2nd memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Tamasuke. He retired at the end of 1839 to open a restaurant in ďsaka, which was named "Maku no Uchi". He died the 21st of 12th lunar month of 1840. He was the adoptive father of Nakamura T˘z˘ IV.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Hikaku Sh˘kakuya (?)
Nakamura Tomiko
Nakamura Tomiko  In Japanese | Nakamura Shijaku  In Japanese | Yamashita Kamenoj˘ VI  In Japanese | Nakamura Nakaichi  In Japanese
 

Unknown day of birth (in Kamigata). Disciple of Nakamura Nakasuke II, his first stage name was Nakamura Nakaichi. He spent his youth performing in kodomo shibai and miyaji shibai around ďsaka. He took the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ VI at the end of the Kaei era. He took the name of Nakamura Shijaku in the 9th lunar month of 1858 in ďsaka at the Gory˘ no Shibai. He performed several times at the end of the 1860s and the beginning of the 1870s in ˘shibai venues like the Chikugo no Shibai or the Naka no Shibai. He took the name of Nakamura Tomiko in 1873 and most likely died in 1874. He was a good wakaonnagata actor with a great k˘seki and a nice stage presence.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Shijaku, Shijo Yawataya, Izutsuya
 
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