NAKAMURA TAMASHICHI
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Nakamura Tamashichi I
Nakamura Tamashichi I  In Japanese
 

Born in ďsaka in 1837. Son of Nakamura Shikan III and great-grandson of Nakamura Utaemon III, his family curiously wanted him to become a merchant. He finally joined the Kabuki world after the death of his father, and his stage name was Nakamura Tamashichi I. He made his debut as a koyaku in the 1st lunar month of 1848, in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai, where he played the role of Tsuruwakamaru in the new year drama "Keisei Ishikawa-zome". He quickly achieved fame for himself in ďsaka, reaching the j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi level (tachiyaku section) in the Kamigata hy˘banki in the 1st lunar month of 1859. He went to Ky˘to in the 2nd lunar month of 1860 to play at the Higashi no Shibai the roles of Oguri Hangan and Karigane Bunshichi in the dramas "Hime Kurabe Futaba Ez˘ji" and "Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane". This was his last stage appearance for he suddenly fell ill and died the 15th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1860 [1]. He was a talented kaneru yakusha and, if he had the luck to live longer, he could have been a good candidate to succeed to Nakamura Utaemon IV.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Nakamura Tamashichi I in kabuki21.com.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kagyoku Kagaya

Nakamura Tamashichi I portraying the sum˘tori Tetsugadake in the drama "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori" (print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1848)

Nakamura Tamashichi II
Nakamura Tamashichi II  In Japanese | Nakamura Fukumatsur˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 24th of the 11th lunar month of 1865 in Ky˘to. He started his career in 1870, as a disciple of Nakamura Fukusuke III, who gave him the name of Nakamura Fukumatsur˘. He took the name of Nakamura Tamashichi II in 1893 and held it up to his death the 7th of September 1910. He was a Kamigata supporting actor (he became onnagata around 1900), who frequently acted alongside Nakamura Ganjir˘ I.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kidani Ichimatsu Kagyoku Kagaya

Nakamura Tamashichi II

 

Notes

[1] The 15th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 7th year of the Ansei era was the 7th of March 1860 in the western calendar.

 
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