Real name: It˘ Susumu

Other name: Taguchi Daiz˘

Guild: Harimaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Birthday: 4 June 1933


Masters: Nakamura Matagor˘ II, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII


1958: he graduates from Sophia University (T˘ky˘) and becomes disciple of the famous actor Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VIII.

1961: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Matagor˘ II.

1962: he makes his first appearance on stage, playing in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

May 1967: he becomes nadai and takes the name of Nakamura Mataz˘ II.

1982: 4-week seminar at the Munich University (Germany). Mataz˘ plays the role of Taira no Tomomori in the dance "Funa Benkei".

May 1984: seminar in Germany.

April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].

June 1987: seminar at the Dartington College of Arts in Devon (England).

April ~ June 1989: Mataz˘ is invited by the Strasbourg University (France) for a Kabuki workshop.

May 1990: Mataz˘ takes part in a theatre festival in Berlin.

August ~ September 1996: tour in Hungary and Austria with Nakamura Shijaku II.

May 1998: Kabuki seminar in Berlin organized by the Goethe Institut. It includes a scene from the play "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie" and the dance "Sakura".

May 1999: seminar in London.

March 2000: tour in Vietnam and Australia with Nakamura Ky˘z˘. The two actors play together in the dance "Masakado".


Nakamura Mataz˘ II is a supporting tachiyaku of the Harimaya guild and an indefatigable traveler who tours the World to perform and talk about Kabuki.

Official website

Nakamura Mataz˘ is also the author of a great book on Kabuki, "Kabuki-Backstage, Onstage: An Actor's Life" published by K˘dansha International in 1990 [review].

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