|NAKAYAMA NANSHI II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry names: Isshi, Yoshio
Existence: 1790 ~ 23rd day of the 7th lunar month of 1858
Master: Nakayama Yoshio I
1790 ~ 1808: born in ďsaka. He starts his career as a disciple of the actor Nakayama Yoshio I, who gives him the name of Nakayama Torakichi.
1808: Nakayama Torakichi takes the name of Nakayama Azuma.
1815: Nakayama Azuma takes the name of Nakayama Ittoku II; he performs in hama shibai.
1815 ~ 1818: Nakayama Ittoku II takes the name of Nakayama Isshi I.
23rd day of the 1st lunar month of 1818: his master Nakayama Yoshio I dies.
1st lunar month of 1836: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa" Nanshi plays the roles of Tamazusa, Bansaku's wife and the servant Onaka [casting].
1st lunar month of 1838: Nanshi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). The actors Nakayama Nanshi II and Nakayama Yoshio II respectively take the names of Nakayama Yoshio III and Nakayama Ittoku III at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the new year drama "Keisei Sato no Funauta".
5th lunar month of 1841: Yoshio plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Okon in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"; the roles of Fukuoka Mitsugi and Kisuke are played by Kataoka Gad˘ II and Nakamura Shikan III. The performance is a commercial failure and some actors move to Ky˘to.
1st lunar month of 1845: Nakayama Yoshio III takes back the name of Nakayama Nanshi II at the Kado no Shibai, playing 2 roles in the new year drama "Keisei Tamate Zuna".
1st lunar month of 1849: Nanshi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is dai-j˘-j˘-kichi (grand - superior - superior - excellent). He plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the courtesan Tenmaya Ohatsu in the drama "Sonezaki Shinjű"; the role of Hiranoya Tokubŕ is played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I.
10th lunar month of 1852: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Onoe in the drama "Kagamiyama Sugata no Utsushie"; the roles of Ohatsu and Iwafuji are played by Kataoka Gad˘ II and Mimasu Daigor˘ IV.
11th lunar month of 1852: Nanshi plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai (Ky˘to) the role of Onoe in the drama "Tsugiawase Koshiji no Ume", which belongs to the "Kagamiyama" world; the roles of Ohatsu and Iwafuji are, just like the previous month in ďsaka, played by Kataoka Gad˘ II and Mimasu Daigor˘ IV. Nanshi also plays the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".
1st lunar month of 1857: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Kizue in the new year drama "Keisei Ch˘ja Kagami". He also plays the roles of Sasao and Otane in the drama "Igagoe". Then, he does his isse ichidai peformance, playing the role of the ghost of Murakaze in "Yukihira Isonare Matsu". Nanshi retires and opens a hair pomade shop in ďsaka, close to Ebisubashi.
23rd day of the 7th lunar month of 1858: Nanshi dies in ďsaka.
Nakayama Nanshi II was a popular and talented 19th century ďsaka onnagata actor, who was able to perform any kind of female role. He was considered as the last great Kamigata onnagata of the Edo period.
Nakayama Nanshi II in a print made by Utagawa Kunishige in 1849
The Nakayama Ittoku line of actors
The Nakayama Isshi line of actors
The Nakayama Yoshio line of actors
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