Real name: Fujii Jûbê
Poetry names: Senshô, Kasen
Existence: 1835 ~ 8 October 1889
1835~1860: born in the province of Aichi. He starts his career as a disciple of the travelling actor Arashi Kametarô and plays under the name of Arashi Kamezô. He meets the actor Nakamura Kanjaku II during a performance in Nagoya and becomes his disciple. He receives the name of Nakamura Kamezô at an unknown date.
1860: he gets married with the daughter of Mimasu Daigorô IV; Nakamura Kamezô takes the name of Mimasu Gennosuke III in August.
9th lunar month of 1868: Sôjûrô plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai in Ôsaka the role of Sodehagi in the "Sodehagi Saimon" scene of the play "Ôshû Adachi-ga-Hara". His stage partners are Arashi Hinasuke VII (Abe no Sadatô), Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Abe no Munetô) and Nakamura Kanjaku III (Hachiman Tarô).
11th lunar month of 1868: Sôjûrô plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai (Kyôto) the role of Sodehagi in the "Sodehagi Saimon" scene of the drama "Ôshû Adachi-ga-Hara". His stage partners are the same as the Ôsaka performance in September.
January 1883: Sôjûrô plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Karaki Masaemon and Fujiya Izaemon in the dramas "Igagoe Norikake Gappa" and "Kuruwa Bunshô"; the role of the courtesan Yûgiri is played by Arashi Kitsusaburô IV.
May 1884: Sôjûrô plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Matsuômaru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; he falls ill during the performance and has to be replaced by Arashi Kitsusaburô IV.
October 1884: Sôjûrô plays at the Naka no Shibai in the dramas "Komagaike Chikai no Shigarami" and "Asahi Kage Ashibe no Manazuru".
November 1888: Sôjûrô plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Soga Jûrô Sukenari in the drama "Wagô Soga Homare no Fuji"; the roles of Soga Gorô Tokimune and Kudô Saemon Suketsune are played by Ichikawa Udanji I and Nakamura Jakuemon II. This performance celebrates the shûmei of Arashi Tokusaburô V.
February 1889: Sôjûrô plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Yuruki Saemon and Yamagataya Gizaemon in the drama "Keisei Somewake Tazuna".
April 1889: Sôjûrô appears on stage for the last time, in Ôsaka at the Naniwaza, playing the roles of Nikki Danjô and Obiya Chôemon in the dramas "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" and "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami"; the role of Chôemon's lover Ohan is played by Nakamura Ganjirô I.
October 1889: Sôjûrô falls ill and dies in his home located in Ôsaka in the district of Kasaya-chô. The memorial service is done at the Abeno cemetery.
Nakamura Sôjûrô was an outstanding and very popular wagotoshi, competing with Jitsukawa Enjaku I for the title of best Kamigata tachiyaku. It is said that Nakamura Sôjûrô and Jitsukawa Enjaku I were the equivalent in Ôsaka of Ichikawa Danjûrô IX and Onoe Kikugorô V in Edo. Nakamura Sôjûrô also acted in a wider range of roles, from katakiyaku to onnagata (for example the difficult role of Sodehagi in "Ôshû Adachi-ga-Hara"). He was opposed to the Meiji theater reforms and left temporarily the stage to open a dry goods business. Fans pressure was so strong that he returned quickly to the stage.
The choice of this name was not at all related to another Nakamura Sôjûrô, who held this name in the first half of the eighteenth century, but was related to the Sawamura clan, more precisely to the Sawamura Sôjûrô line of actors: the name Gennosuke was usually held before taking the more prestigious name of Sôjûrô (this was the case for both Sawamura Sôjûrô IV and Sawamura Sôjûrô V). Nakamura Sôjûrô, who held the name of Gennosuke before joining the Nakamura clan, decided to use the first name Sôjûrô when he became a disciple of Nakamura Jakuemon I.
Nakamura Sôjûrô playing the role of Kaminari Shôkurô in the drama "Ai Kikyô Karigane Gomon" staged in July 1870 at the Chikugo no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)
The Mimasu Gennosuke line of actors
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