NAKAMURA NAKAZď II

Stage names:

Nakamura Nakaz˘ II In Japanese
ďtani Oniji III In Japanese
ďtani Haruji II In Japanese
ďtani Eisuke In Japanese

Nickname: Maruya Jicch˘

Guilds: Masatsuya, Maruya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: T˘shű, Jicch˘

Existence: 1759 ~ 7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1796 [1]

Connections:

Master: ďtani Hiroji III

Adopted son: ďtani Oniji IV

Career:

1st lunar month of 1770: he made his first appearance on stage, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he received the name of ďtani Eisuke.

11th lunar month of 1778: he became wakashugata and took the name of ďtani Haruji II.

11th lunar month of 1787: ďtani Haruji II took the name of ďtani Oniji III at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Yukimizuki Eiga Hana no Hachinoki".

23rd day of the 4th lunar month of 1790 [2]: Nakamura Nakaz˘ I died in Edo

9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrated the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Oniji played the role of Nishikido no Tar˘ [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1793: Oniji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa" (commonly called "Oniji Hy˘shimai" in the Kabuki repertoire); Oniji played the role of Osada Tar˘ [casting].

10th lunar month of 1794: due to some financial difficulties, the salaries of all the actors were drastically reduced. Oniji's yearly salary for the coming season was set to 250 ry˘ after a reduction of 80.

11th lunar month of 1794: ďtani Oniji III took the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II at the Miyakoza, performing in Namiki Gohei I's kaomise drama "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare", which welcomed in Edo the actors Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Nakamura Noshio II and the ďsaka playwright Namiki Gohei I.

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Nakaz˘ played the roles of Mokusokan and the yakko Tomohei in the latter theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: Nakaz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Miyakoza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji". He suddenly fell ill and stopped acting.

7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1796 [1]: Nakaz˘ died in Edo [3].

Comments:

Nakamura Nakaz˘ II was a talented and promising jitsuaku actor of the second half of the eighteenth century. Although he had no conection with Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and was from the ďtani clan, he had the privilege to take the prestigious name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II. He unfortunately died too young before reaching the peak of his career. T˘shűsai Sharaku made his most famous print with him.

[1] The 7th day of the 11th lunar month of the 8th year of the Kansei era was the 5th of December 1796 in the western calendar.

[2] The 23rd day of the 4th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kansei era was the 5th of June 1790 in the western calendar.

[3] Nakamura Nakaz˘ II's tombstone was located in the precincts of the K˘tokuji in the district of Asakusa.

Nakamura Nakaz˘ II playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1852

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Katsukawa Shun'ei in 1795

The ďtani Haruji line of actors

The ďtani Oniji line of actors

The Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors

 
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