TSURUYA NANBOKU II

Stage names:

Tsuruya Nanboku II In Japanese
Nanboku Magotar˘ II In Japanese
Tsuruya Genz˘ In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 1701 ~ 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of 1763

Connection:

Father: Tsuruya Nanboku I

Son: Tsuruya Nanboku III

Career:

1701: born in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1715: debut on stage (hatsubutai), at the Ichimuraza, where he performs as a wakashugata under the name of Tsuruya Genz˘.

11th lunar month of 1719: Nanboku Magotar˘ I and his son Genz˘ respectively take the names of Tsuruya Nanboku I and Nanboku Magotar˘ II at the Ichimuraza, playing together in the kaomise drama "Tategami Teika Kazura".

1720: Magotar˘ becomes t˘dori at the Ichimuraza.

9th day of the 9th lunar month of 1736: his father Tsuruya Nanboku I dies.

11th lunar month of 1736: Nanboku Magotar˘ II takes the name of Tsuruya Nanboku II at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of T˘kur˘ Morinaga in the kaomise drama "Izu Genji H˘rai Yakata", which celebrates the arrival in Edo from Ky˘to of the actor Tomizawa Montar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1737: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

11th lunar month of 1737: Nanboku plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the priest Mongaku in the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII; the others stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Tamazawa Saijir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1738: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares this rank with Nakamura Kichibŕ I.

11th lunar month of 1738: Nanboku plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Akamatsu Kuyű in the kaomise drama "Mitsugibune Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1739: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, falls to j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1741: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares this rank with Arashi Otohachi I.

11th lunar month of 1741: Nanboku plays at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise drama "Konrei Sakae no Hachinoki".

1st lunar month of 1742: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, falls to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1744: Nanboku plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Higashiyama Bandai no Watamashi".

1st lunar month of 1746: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is back to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

11th lunar month of 1747: Nanboku plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Shusse Momijigari".

1st lunar month of 1748: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is back to j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). He shares this rank with Arashi Otohachi I.

11th lunar month of 1753: Nanboku plays at the Moritaza the roles of Mura Gunzaemon and Muraoka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky˘ no Nishiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1754: Nanboku's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, falls to j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

1st lunar month of 1758: Nanboku plays at the Ichimuraza in the new year drama "Kujűsanki ďyose Soga".

23rd day of the 12th lunar month of 1763: Nanboku dies in Edo.

Comments:

Tsuruya Nanboku II was an Edo actor, who was, just like his father Tsuruya Nanboku I, specialized in comical roles and made all his career in Edo from the midle of the 1710s to the end of the 1750s. Regarding his performances on stage, he was one of the most irregular actors in Kabuki history, reaching the j˘-j˘-kichi in 1738, losing this rank the following year, gaining it back in the 1st lunar month of 1748 and falling to j˘-j˘ in the 1st lunar month of 1754.

Tsuruya Nanboku II playing the role of Mongaku in the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the Ichimuraza

 
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