NAKAJIMA MIHOEMON
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Nakajima Mihoemon I
  The actor Nakajima Mihoemon I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1713 to the 3rd lunar month of 1762.

Nakajima Mihoemon I (left) and Tsuruya Nanboku I (right) playing the roles of Nikki Danj˘ Saemon and Minamoto no Yoshitora in the new year drama "Keisei Fukubiki Nagoya", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1731 at the Nakamuraza

Nakajima Mihoemon II
  The actor Nakajima Mihoemon II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1762 to the 12th lunar month of 1782.

Nakajima Mihoemon II in a print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1770

Nakajima Mihoemon III
  The actor Nakajima Mihoemon III held this name from November to the 12th lunar month of 1783.
Nakajima Mihoemon IV
 

Born in Edo in 1779. Son of Nakajima Mihoz˘ II, his first stage name was Nakajima Fujimatsu. He was still a child actor when his father died and he took the name of Nakajima Mihoz˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1784, performing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "ďakinai Hiru-ga-Kojima". He settled in ďsaka in 1793, performing in miyaji shibai or hama shibai, and he became jitsuaku at the beginning of the Bunsei era. He took the name of Nakajima Mihoemon IV in ďsaka in 1820, while his son took the name of Nakajima Mihoz˘ IV. They went back to Edo together in the 6th lunar month of 1820 and they performed in the 8th lunar month of 1820 at the Tamagawaza, where Mihoemon successfully played the roles of Fujiwara no Shihei, Shiratayű, Haji no Hy˘e and Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He made his last stage appearance in the 7th lunar month of 1822, playing at the Kawarazakiza 3 roles in the drama "Reigen Kameyama Hoko". He died in Edo the 13th of the 11th lunar month of 1822.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Ryűshi Nakajimaya
Nakajima Mihoemon V
 

Born in ďsaka in 1798. Son of Nakajima Mihoz˘ III, his first stage name was Nakajima Toyokichi. He started his career in ďsaka as a koyaku and took the name of Nakajima Mihoz˘ IV at the beginning of 1820. He went with his father to Edo in the 6th lunar month of 1820 and stayed there up to the death of his father the 13th of the 11th lunar month of 1822. He went back to Kamigata and took the name of Nakajima Bajű at an unknown date. He became jitsuaku and took the name of Ichikawa Bajű in 1831. He joined a traveling troupe and received the patronage of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II, who helped him taking the name of Nakajima Mihoemon V in 1847. He spent his latter years in Ky˘to, performing as a katakiyaku. He died in Ky˘to the 24th of the 5th lunar month of 1861.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Tenk˘ Nakajimaya
Nakajima Mihoemon VI
 

Born in T˘ky˘ the 17th of March 1901 in the district of Kanda. His father was a sake dealer and his real name was Suzuki Shinsuke. He was fond of theater from his teens and studied it under the patronage of the playwright Kawajiri Seitan. He became actor in 1934 and joined the experimental troupe led by Band˘ Minosuke VI, who allowed him to take the name of Nakajima Mihoemon VI. He went on tour in Korea and Manchuria in 1939 and stopped acting when he went back to T˘ky˘ the same year. He went to the dolls business.

 
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