Nakamura Shibajaku I
Nakamura Shibajaku I  In Japanese | Nakamura Tsurugor˘ II  In Japanese | Nakamura Kannosuke I  In Japanese | Ichikawa Hakunosuke  In Japanese

Born in ďsaka in 1820. He started his career as a disciple of Ichikawa Hakuz˘ I, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Hakunosuke. He was trained in a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai) and went to Edo in Fall 1836, playing in the 11th lunar month of 1836 at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Kioi Genji Mitsugi no Tamamono". He became disciple of Nakamura Utaemon IV and received the name of Nakamura Kannosuke I. Then, he took the name of Nakamura Tsurugor˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1839 at the Ichimuraza, playing in the drama "Taiheiki Irifune Shinozuka". He took the name of Nakamura Shibajaku I in the 5th lunar month of 1846 at the Kawarasakiza, playing the roles of Terukuni and Shioyaki Gor˘saku in the drama "Tenmangű Wakaba no Goaiju". He appeared on stage in Edo for the last time in the 9th lunar month of 1855, playing at the Nakamuraza in the drama "Matsu ni Ich˘ Tsurukame Soga". He went back to his native city of ďsaka but fell sick and had to retire. He died in ďsaka the 5th day of the 4th lunar month of 1856 [3]. Nakamura Shibajaku I was a good supporting actor, able to play wagotoshi, wakaonnagata or katakiyaku roles.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Baikoku Shinkomaya

Nakamura Shibajaku I playing the role of the cook Kisuke in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Minato" [1], which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1855 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1852
Nakamura Shibajaku II

The actor Nakamura Jakuemon II held the name of Nakamura Shibajaku II from the 4th lunar month of 1866 to February 1875.

Nakamura Shibajaku II in a print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1874
Nakamura Shibajaku III
Nakamura Shibajaku III  In Japanese | Nakamura Sannosuke  In Japanese

Born in ďsaka in 1856. He was adopted by Nakamura Shibajaku II and started his career in a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai), performing under the name of Nakamura Sannosuke. He took the name of Nakamura Shibajaku III in September 1877 in ďsaka at the Ebisuza, playing in the drama "Iroha Jikki". He made almost all his tachiyaku career in ďsaka, performing in either Kabuki or modern dramas. His field of excellence was wagoto. He died the 17th of March 1890.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Baito Ky˘ya

Nakamura Shibajaku III portraying Kujaku Sabur˘ in a print made in 1884
Nakamura Shibajaku IV

The actor Nakamura Jakuemon III held the name of Nakamura Shibajaku IV from September 1891 to September 1918.

Nakamura Shibajaku IV playing the role of Tanbaya Oshun in the drama "Horikawa", which was staged in April 1915 at the Kabukiza

Nakamura Shibajaku V
Nakamura Sh˘kei  In Japanese

Born the 13th January 1918. He was the son of Nakamura Jakuemon III and started his acting career in 1922. He performed under the name of Nakamura Sh˘kei (his real name). He was left alone after the sudden death of his father in 1927 and received the patronage of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI from 1933. He settled in T˘ky˘ and started to learn the art with his new master. He was drafted in the Japanese Imperial Army and died on the Chinese battlefront the 22nd of December 1939. He posthumously received the name of Nakamura Shibajaku V in February 1940 [2]. His childhood friend was ďtani Hirotar˘ I, the future Nakamura Jakuemon IV and future father of Nakamura Shibajaku VII.

Nakamura Sh˘kei (Nakamura Shibajaku V) playing the role of Shinobu in the drama "Benkei J˘shi"

Nakamura Shibajaku VI

The actor Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV held the name of Nakamura Shibajaku VI from April 1953 to March 1960.

Nakamura Shibajaku VI playing the role of Konami in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura"

Nakamura Shibajaku VII

The actor Nakamura Jakuemon V held the name of Nakamura Shibajaku VII from September 1964 to February 2016.

Nakamura Shibajaku VII
Courtesy of DANGO JIR█ HYPER
This image was part of an amazing 2010 web project, which was entitled Kabuki Bijin Tokei (The Kabuki Beautiful People Clock), a special countdown with original pictures of Kabuki actors, one picture per day up to the closing of the Kabukiza (video on youtube)
Nakamura Shibajaku VII was Number 107 in this countdown (online the 14th of January 2010, 107 days to go before the closing of T˘ky˘'s most famous theater)



[1] A drama similar to "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba".

[2] There was a posthumous shűmei ceremony the 21st of February 1940 in ďsaka.

[3] The 5th day of the 4th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Ansei era was the 8th of May 1856 in the western calendar.

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