|NAKAJIMA MIHOEMON I|
Nakajima Mihoemon I
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry names: Jűryű, Ryűshi
Existence: ??? ~ 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1762
Master: Nakajima Kanzaemon I
Sons: Nakajima Mihoemon II, Nakajima Kamenosuke
Disciples: Nakajima Kunishir˘, Nakajima Kameroku, Nakajima Toraz˘
Before 1713: according to one source, he was born in Edo in 1702 but it is unlikely for one simple reason: he would still be a child in 1713 and therefore unable to become katakiyaku in 1713. He starts his career as a disciple of Nakajima Kanzaemon I, who gives him the name of Nakajima Kanshir˘.
11th lunar month of 1713: first stage appearance in ˘shibai; he takes the name of Nakajima Mihoemon, becomes katakiyaku and plays at the Yamamuraza the role of Taira no Masamori in the kaomise drama "Sazare Ishi Nasu no Futahashira".
11th lunar month of 1718: Mihoemon becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Daruma Masamune in the kaomise drama "Gozen N˘ Mitsu Uroko", which celebrates the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Onoe Samon.
11th lunar month of 1719: Mihoemon plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Katagiri Yashichi in the kaomise drama "Nyohitsu Taiheiki", which commemorates the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Denkur˘ I and celebrates the shűmei of Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.
1st lunar month of 1720: Mihoemon plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Ichi Fuji Raihai Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari are played by Ichikawa Kuz˘ and Tamazawa K˘jűr˘.
23rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1762: Mihoemon dies in Edo.
Nakajima Mihoemon I was the first great Edo kugeaku, excelling with his powerful voice in the role of the evil aristocrat of the "Shibaraku" scene in Edo kaomise programs. He was the one who invented the special beard and wig used for this role.
The Nakajima Mihoemon line of actors
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