NAKAMURA KICHISABURď
   
FOUR GENERATIONS (2 LINES)
The Old Line
Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I
Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I [1]  In Japanese | Nakamura Kasen  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. His first stage name was Nakamura Kasen. He performed in the 1st lunar month of 1712 in ďsaka. He took the name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I [1] around 1715. He played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater at the 11th lunar month of 1718 the role of the menoto Kinugasa in the kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono". His rank in the 1719 Ky˘to hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)j˘. No record afterwards. This minor wakaonnagata actor was also called Yamatoya Genji.

Yamatoyama Jinzaemon I (left) and Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I (right) playing the roles of Taminoj˘ and the menoto Kinugasa in the kaomise drama "Shiga no Miyako Kogane no Hanazono", which was staged in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater at the 11th lunar month of 1718

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ II
Tanbaya Kichiemon  In Japanese | Nakamura Kichisabur˘ II [2]  In Japanese | Arashi Monjűr˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. It is a difficult, almost impossible, task to unravel the shroud of mystery surrounding the life and career of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ II [2]. In Haiyűd˘ Muyű's book "Yakusha Yoyo no Tsugiki", it was reported that he was a disciple of Arashi San'emon II, who gave him the name of Arashi Monjűr˘. In the same book, it was also reported that he took the name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ II in 1719, the year with the last record in a Kabuki hy˘banki for Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I. He was the father of the onnagata actor Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

Details about Nakamura Kichisabur˘ II on the page dedicated to his son Nakamura Kumetar˘ I in Haiyűd˘ Muyű's book "Yakusha Yoyo no Tsugiki" (1840s)

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ 2.3
Nakamura Kichisabur˘  In Japanese
 

An iroko named Nakamura Kichisabur˘ was active in Ky˘to or ďsaka between 1746 and 1753. Was he a disciple of Nakamura Jűz˘ I?

The name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ in the 1753 ďsaka hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ 2.4
Nakamura Kichisabur˘  In Japanese
 

An iroko named Nakamura Kichisabur˘ was active in ďsaka in 1766 and 1767. Was he a disciple of Nakamura Kichiemon I?

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ III
Nakamura Kichisabur˘ III  In Japanese | Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II  In Japanese | Arashi Tamatoku  In Japanese | Arashi Koshichi II  In Japanese | Arashi Kichizaemon [3]  In Japanese | Tamamura Tokusabur˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. His first stage name was Tamamura Tokusabur˘, when he performed in kodomo shibai in Ky˘to from 1768. He became a disciple of Arashi Koroku I and took the name of Arashi Kichizaemon [3] in 1771. Then he was allowed to take the name of Arashi Koshichi II in the 11th lunar month of 1772 in Ky˘to after the retirement of his master. He called himself Arashi Tamatoku in 1774. His fame started to rise and he had the privilege of reviving the name of Somematsu Shichisabur˘ as he took the name of Somematsu Shichisabur˘ II in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1775, playing the role of H˘j˘ Tokiyori in the kaomise drama "Kono Hana Sakae Hachinoki", which also celebrated the shűmei of Arashi Koroku II, Matsuyama Kogenji and Nakamura Sh˘gor˘. He went to Edo in Fall 1786 and took the name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1786 at the Moritaza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kiku no Sen'yoki". He went back to Kamigata at the end of the 1780s. He was active up to 1789. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records.

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ III (bottom/left) and Segawa Kikunoj˘ III (top/right) playing the roles of Kiso Yoshinaka and Yamabuki Gozen in the kaomise drama "Onna Musha Kiku no Sen'yoki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1786 at the Moritaza

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ 3.4
Nakamura Kichisabur˘  In Japanese
 

A minor wakaonnagata actor was active in Ky˘to in miyaji shibai in the 11th lunar month of 1788. No record afterwards.

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ 3.5
Nakamura Kichisabur˘  In Japanese
 

A koyaku named Nakamura Kichisabur˘ was active in Edo in the 11th lunar month of 1798. No record afterwards.

The name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ in the 1799 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ 3.6
Nakamura Kichisabur˘  In Japanese
 

A wakaonnagata named Nakamura Kichisabur˘ was active in Kamigata in the 11th lunar month of 1799. No record afterwards.

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ 3.7
Nakamura Kichisabur˘  In Japanese
 

An actor named Nakamura Kichisabur˘ was recorded when he performed in miyaji shibai in Sendai at the Shakad˘ Shibai in 1816. No record afterwards.

The name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ in the 1817 ďsaka hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Nakamura Kichisabur˘ 3.8
Nakamura Kichisabur˘  In Japanese
 

A minor disciple of Nakamura Kichiemon I held the name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ between 1913 and 1935.

The New Line
Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I
Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I  In Japanese | Nakamura Kichisa V [4]  In Japanese | Matsumoto Kin'ya II  In Japanese
 

Born the 21st of October 1949. He graduated from the Actors Training Center of the National Theatre (first graduation) [5] and made his debut on stage in April 1972 at the National Theatre, performing the role of a soldier in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He became a disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and received the name of Matsumoto Kin'ya II in June 1973, playing at the National Theatre two minor roles in the drama "Itoya no Musume". He became a disciple of Nakamura Kichiemon II and received the name of Nakamura Kichisa V [4] in April 1978, playing at the Kabukiza the role of an ak˘ r˘shi in Noguchi Tatsuji's drama "Sad˘ Chűshingura". He was the first Kabuki actor to pass the nadai exam. He celebrated it by taking the name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘, not as the yodaime but a new shodai, in October 1981 at the Kabukiza. He played the role of Togashi's retainer Heinai in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘" which was staged in a program celebrating the 3-generation K˘raiya shűmei (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei) of Matsumoto Haku˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII. He took part in Kabuki tours in North America (1990, 1996), Italia (1996) and Hong-Kong (1996).

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Harimaya Sat˘ Minoru

 

Notes

[1] In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", he was recorded as being a disciple of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, who was active in Edo during the Genroku era. It was recorded that he took the name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ I in Edo at the Yamamuraza in the 1st lunar month of 1699.

[2] In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", it was recorded that he took the name of Nakamura Kasen II in the 1st lunar month of 1711 in ďsaka. He took the name of Nakamura Kichisabur˘ II in the 2nd lunar month of 1716 in the same city and he appeared on stage for the last time in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1719. No record afterwards.

[3] The name of Arashi Kichizaemon was not reported in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[4] Nakamura Kichisa V in the National Theatre Digital Library, Nakamura Kichisa IV in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" but Nakamura Kichisa (no line number) in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[5] The actors Nakamura Kannoj˘ III and Matsumoto K˘jaku II also graduated at the same time.

 
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