NAKAYAMA RAISUKE
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Nakayama Raisuke I
 

The actor Nakayama Shinkur˘ II held the name of Nakayama Raisuke I from the 11th lunar month of 1757 to the 8th lunar month of 1782.

The actor Nakayama Raisuke I playing the role of Honda Dainaiki in the drama "Igagoe D˘chű Sugoroku" in a caricature from the book "Ehon Mizu ya Sora", which was drawn by Matsuya Nich˘sai and published in ďsaka in 1780 by Hachimonjiya Hachizaemon

Nakayama Raisuke II
 

The actor Nakayama Bunshichi II held the name of Nakayama Raisuke II from the 9th lunar month of 1782 to the 10th lunar month of 1793.

Nakayama Raisuke II playing the role of the farmer Jir˘saku in the kaomise drama "Neko Shakky˘ Fűki no Hanabusa", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1786 at the Naka no Shibai

Nakayama Raisuke III
 

The actor Nakayama Kiraku I held the name of Nakayama Raisuke III from the 8th lunar month of 1796 to the 10th lunar month of 1802.

Nakayama Raisuke III (1799~1801)

Nakayama Raisuke IV
 

Born in 1768. He started his career in ďsaka and his first stage name was Nakayama Hisajir˘. He became a disciple of the actor Arashi Hinasuke I, who gave him the name of Arashi Shinpei III in the 11th lunar month of 1788. He revived the name of Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘, becoming the second of this line at the end of 1793 although his relationship with the Sadoshima clan is not clear (he is listed as a disciple of Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I in the book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" but it is quite unbelievable as the master died in 1757 and the disciple was born in 1768). He finally became a disciple of Nakayama Bunshichi II in Fall 1794 and took the name of Nakayama Bunz˘. He went to Edo in Fall 1805 and took the name of Nakayama Raisuke IV in the 11th lunar month of 1805 at the Kawarazakiza, performing in the drama "Ch˘ Hanagata Koi Muko Genji". He went to Nagoya the following year and to Kamigata in 1807. He was active in Kamigata and Nagoya up to his death in ďsaka the 23rd of the 8th lunar month of 1815. He was a tachiyaku actor, whose fields of excellence were jitsugoto and wagoto. He was not at ease in delivering his lines and did not achieve a huge fame for himself because of this problem.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Koj˘ Sumiyoshiya

Nakayama Raisuke IV playing the role of Todoroki Dengoemon in the "Hy˘tandana" scene of the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1810 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai

Nakayama Raisuke V
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. The identity of his father is not clear: was he the onnagata Nakamura Kingo or the minor actor Yamashita Gonjűr˘? He became disciple of the star Arashi Rikan II and received the name of Arashi Toraz˘ around 1827. Later on, he took the name of Arashi Jusabur˘ II. He became a disciple of Nakayama Shinkur˘ IV at the beginning of the Tenp˘ era and was allowed to take the name of Nakayama Raisuke V in 1832 before a tour to Nagoya. Afterwards, the only notable fact occured in 1860, when he became the zagashira of the Takeda no Shibai, a hama shibai venue. He most likely died before the beginning of the Meiji era.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Koj˘ ???
 
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