NAKAYAMA SHINKURď II

Stage names:

Nakayama Shinkur˘ II
Nakayama Raisuke I
Matsuya Raisuke II
Nakayama Gennosuke

Other name: Nakayama Icch˘ II

Guild: Matsuya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Icch˘ (2)

Existence: 1738 ~ 19th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1783

Connection:

Father: Matsuya Raisuke I (playwright)

Master: Nakayama Shinkur˘ I

Brothers: Nakayama Bunshichi I, Nakayama Monjűr˘

Adopted son: Nakayama Bunshichi II

Career:

1738 ~ 1756: born in ďsaka. His first stage name is Nakayama Gennosuke and his master is Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, the adoptive father of his brother Nakayama Bunshichi I. Later on, he takes the name of Matsuya Raisuke II after the death of his father.

11th lunar month of 1756: Raisuke becomes tachiyaku and performs at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďmatsu Kyokusuke Tanzen Ropp˘".

11th lunar month of 1757: Matsuya Raisuke II takes the name of Nakayama Raisuke I, playing at the Naka no Shibai the role of Yatar˘ in the kaomise drama "Sakiwake Musha K˘bai no Tazuna", which is produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1762: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Koi Hakke Hashira Goyomi", which is a revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; Raisuke plays the role of Obiya Niemon [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1763: Raisuke's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

7th lunar month of 1763: Raisuke plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Ume˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners are Nakayama Bunshichi I (Matsu˘maru, Terukuni), Nakayama Shinkur˘ I (Kakuju, Shihei), Arashi Hinasuke I (Haru), Anegawa Daikichi I (Tonami, Yae), Asao Tamejűr˘ I (Hy˘ei, Shund˘ Genba), Band˘ Toyosabur˘ I (Shiratayű), Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I (Genz˘, Sukune Tar˘), Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II (Sakuramaru), Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II (Chiyo, Tatsuta) and Nakamura Kichiemon I (Kan Sh˘j˘).

9th lunar month of 1764: premiŔre in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki", based on the puppet drama "Katakiuchi Tsuzure no Nishiki", which is produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I and celebrates the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of the star Anegawa Shinshir˘ I. A similar play is staged one day later under a different title, "Hare Kosode Tsuzure no Nishiki", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters. The performance at the Kado no Shibai is more successful than the one at the Naka no Shibai; Raisuke plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Shund˘ Suketar˘ and Mareya Ihachi [casting].

1st lunar month of 1766: Raisuke's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares this rank with Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1766: Raisuke plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Shigetada in the drama "Hirakana Seisuiki", which is produced by Arashi Hinasuke I; his stage partners are Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I (Matsuemon, Higuchi no Jir˘ Kanemitsu), Arashi Hinasuke I (Umegae), Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II (Kajiwara Genta Kagesue), Nakayama Shinkur˘ I (Gonshir˘), Arashi Koroku I (Enju), Yoshizawa Ayame III (Oyoshi, Tomoe) and Arashi Shichigor˘ II (Kajiwara Heiji Kagetaka).

7th lunar month of 1767: Raisuke plays the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which is staged at the Kado no Shibai to commemorate the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Fujikawa Heikur˘ [casting]; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Tsuribune Sabu are played by Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I and Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II.

12th lunar month of 1767: Raisuke plays the roles of Tomomori and H˘gen in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged for the first time at the Kado no Shibai [casting].

6th lunar month of 1770: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is staged for the first time in ďsaka ˘shibai, at the Kado no Shibai; Raisuke plays the role of Daimonjiya Jihei (commonly called Sakai no Daiji) [casting].

3rd ~ 5th lunar months of 1771: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", produced by Mimasu Tokujir˘ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Raisuke plays the roles of Daihanji no Kiyosumi and Soga no Iruka [casting].

9th lunar month of 1773: Raisuke plays in Ky˘to the role of Sh˘gen in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is produced by the zamoto Ogawa Kichitar˘ I for the nadai ďsaka Tazaemon at the Kado no Shibai; his stage partners are Arashi Hinasuke I (Otoku) and Mimasu Daigor˘ I (Matahei).

3rd day of the 4th lunar month of 1775: his master Nakayama Shinkur˘ I dies.

12th lunar month of 1776: premiere at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Raisuke plays the roles of Honda Dainaiki, Sasaki Tan'emon, Arao Shuzen and Matsuno Kinsuke [casting].

4th lunar month of 1777: premiere in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; Raisuke plays the roles of Masaoka and Date Jir˘ [casting].

12th lunar month of 1781: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Tengajaya-mura"; Raisuke plays the role of K˘emon [casting]. A similar play is staged a few days later under a different title, "Renga Chaya Homare no Bundai", at the Naka no Shibai [casting]. The competition for the best performance and the best line-up is open between the 2 theaters.

9th lunar month of 1782: Nakayama Raisuke I takes the name of Nakayama Shinkur˘ II at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Banzaemon and Yomosaku in the dramas "Monogusa Tar˘" and "Saiwai Ariwara Keizu", which are produced to celebrate the isse ichidai peformance of his brother Nakayama Bunshichi I.

11th lunar month of 1782: Shinkur˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Wada Gor˘ (in reality Wada Shinzaemon) in the kaomise drama "Yamato Moji Sansai Zue".

3rd lunar month of 1783: Shinkur˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kado no Shibai where he plays the roles of K˘saka Jinnai and Fukushimaya Ibei in the dramas "Keisei Kogane no Shachihoko" and "Shinjű Natane no Kumotsu". He suddenly falls ill and quickly dies.

Comments:

Nakayama Shinkur˘ II was an ďsaka tachiyaku actor, who made a great career in Kamigata from the 1760s to the beginning of the 1780s. He excelled in bud˘goto and jitsugoto. He unfortunately died too early, at the beginning of his forties, with his final ranking in the ďsaka hy˘banki being only one little stroke below j˘-j˘-kichi.

Nakayama Shinkur˘ II at the Kado no Shibai in the 11th lunar month of 1782
The head below is Asao Tamejűr˘ I's one

Caricature made in 1780

The Nakayama Raisuke line of actors

The Nakayama Shinkur˘ line of actors

 
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