NAKAYAMA NANSHI II

Stage names:

Nakayama Nanshi II In Japanese
Nakayama Yoshio III In Japanese
Nakayama Isshi I In Japanese
Nakayama Ittoku II In Japanese
Nakayama Azuma In Japanese
Nakayama Torakichi In Japanese

Guild: Daikokuya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Isshi, Yoshio

Existence: 1790 ~ 23rd day of the 7th lunar month of 1858

Connection:

Master: Nakayama Yoshio I

Career:

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.

2nd ~ 3rd lunar months of 1819: tour in Nagoya; Isshi performs at the Seijuin no Shibai, sharing the stage with Kataoka Ichiz˘ I, Onoe Fujaku III and Arashi Mitsugor˘.

1st lunar month of 1826: Isshi plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Princess Terute in the drama "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘shi"; the role of Oguri Hangan is played by Onoe Fujaku III.

11th lunar month of 1831: Nakayama Isshi I takes the name of Nakayama Nanshi II. (Nanshi was a haimy˘ used by Nakayama Yoshio I, who is considered as Nakayama Nanshi I).

3rd lunar month of 1832: Nanshi plays in ďsaka at the Takeda no Shibai the roles of Okaru, Oishi and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

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.

10th lunar month of 1843: Yoshio plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Okaru and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

10th lunar month of 1843: Yoshio plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

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 1846: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Oritsu and Otaki in the drama "Keisei Hama no Masago", which celebrates the shűmei of Mimasu Daigor˘ IV.

3rd lunar month of 1846: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Okaru, Konami, Okita and Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1846: Nanshi plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Osono in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

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.

11th lunar month of 1849: Nanshi plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Miyuki in the drama "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto"; the role of Miyagi Asojir˘ is played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1850: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Hinadori and Omiwa in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

9th lunar month of 1850: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the courtesan ďgiya Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon is played by Nakamura Utaemon IV.

5th lunar month of 1851: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Okaru in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

9th lunar month of 1851: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Yae and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

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˘".

3rd lunar month of 1853: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Okaru, Okumi and Okita in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1854: Nanshi plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Osan in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; the role of Mohei is played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I.

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.

Comments:

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

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Hasegawa Sadanobu in 1841

Print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1851

Print made by Utagawa Kunikazu in 1856

The Nakayama Ittoku line of actors

The Nakayama Isshi line of actors

The Nakayama Yoshio line of actors

 
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