NAKAMURA NAKAZď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Nakamura Nakaz˘ I
  The founder of the line Nakamura Nakaz˘ I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1761 to the 10th lunar month of 1785, then from the 11th lunar month of 1786 to the 4th lunar month of 1790.

The actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I playing the role of Sekibŕ in the dance-drama "Seki no To" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Nakamura Nakaz˘ 1.2
 

Born in 1768. He was the elder son of the actor Yoshizawa Ayame IV. He made his first stage appearance in the 1st lunar month of 1777, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he received the name of Yoshizawa Tsurumatsu and played in the new year drama "Tsukisenu Haru Hagoromo Soga". He took the name of Yoshizawa Kichijűr˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1782 at the Ichimuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Eika Goyomi". He achieved a great success the following year in the same theater by performing in the soga matsuri dance. He was adopted by Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and took the name of Nakamura Mansaku in the 11th lunar month of 1784 at the Kiriza, playing in the kaomise drama "Jűni Hitoe Komachi Zakura". Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and his adopted son respectively took in the 11th lunar month of 1785 the names of Nakayama Kojűr˘ VI and Nakamura Nakaz˘ at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Yuki Motsutake Furisode Genji". The new Nakaz˘ did not keep his new name more than a year: Nakayama Kojűr˘ VI and Nakamura Nakaz˘ took back their previous names, Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and Nakamura Mansaku, in the 11th lunar month of 1786 at the Kiriza, playing in the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Izu no Hataage". As a consequence of this failure, he was not acknowledged as a member of the Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors. He took the name of Nakayama Kojűr˘ VII in the 11th lunar month of 1788 at the Nakamuraza, playing in Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata". He gave up acting in 1791 and became choreographer at the Nakamuraza, teaching dance under the name of Shigayama Mansaku IX. He died the 29th 9th lunar month of 1798.

Nakamura Nakaz˘ II
  The actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1794 to the 11th lunar month of 1796.

The actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ II playing the role of Sadakur˘ in the fifth act of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Nakamura Nakaz˘ III
  The actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ III held this name from the 9th lunar month of 1865 to December 1886.

The actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ III playing the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa") in a print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1881

Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV
  The actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV held this name from April 1915 to January 1916.
Nakamura Nakaz˘ V
 

Born the 30th November 1935. He was the great-grandson of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III and the grandson of Ichikawa Dan'emon II. He made his first stage appearance in October 1951, performing under the name of Ichikawa Tar˘. He became a disciple of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and took the name of Nakamura Kangor˘ XIII in May 1970 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Magohachi in the drama "Numazu". He finally took the prestigious name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ V in April 1989 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Terakoya". He unfortunately held this name only for a few years, dying the 8th December 1992. He was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor.

Real name Yag˘
Nakamura Sh˘tar˘ Maizuruya

 
There was also another line of minor Kamigata actors, who also held the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ (four generations):
Nakamura Nakaz˘ I (Kamigata)
 

He started his career in ďsaka in koshibai venues, playing under the name of Sanogawa Mankichi. Later on, he became a disciple of Nakamura Iwaz˘, who gave him the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ I. He made almost all his career in hama shibai, from the Tenmei era to the Kansei era. He was a tachiyaku actor, specialized in jitsugotoshi and bud˘goto roles.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Such˘ Himejiya

Nakamura Nakaz˘ II (Kamigata)
 

Son of Nakamura Nakaz˘ I, he started his career under the name of Nakamura Ryűz˘. He took the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II a few years after the death of his father. He was a low-ranking actor, who performed tachiyaku, jitsuaku and fukeyaku roles.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Such˘ Himejiya, Izutsuya

Nakamura Nakaz˘ III (Kamigata)
 

He started his career in ďsaka in koshibai venues, playing under the name of Onoe Tokujir˘. He was later on adopted by Nakamura Nakaz˘ II and took the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ III during the Bunka era, after the death of his adoptive father. His career was short and he never performed in ˘shibai theaters.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Unknown Himejiya

Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV (Kamigata)
 

The actor Nakamura Kashichi IV held the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ IV from the 1st lunar month of 1848 to the 10th lunar month of 1853.

 
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