NAKAMURA TAMASUKE

Stage names:

Nakamura Tamasuke
Nakamura Utaemon III
Nakamura Baigyoku I
Nakamura Shikan I
Kagaya Fukunosuke I

Nicknames: Kagaya Utaemon, Baigyoku Utaemon

Pen name: Kanazawa Ryűgoku I

Guild: Kagaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Baigyoku, Shikan

Existence: 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1778 ~ 13th day of the 7th lunar month of 1838

Connections:

Father: Kagaya Kashichi I (Nakamura Utaemon I)

Son: Kagaya Hashinosuke I

Great-grandsons: Nakamura Tamashichi I, Nakamura Tsurusuke V

Adopted sons: Nakamura Utaemon IV, Nakamura Shikan III, Nakamura Matsue IV

Disciples: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II, Nakamura Karoku I, Nakamura Motosabur˘, Nakamura Tsurujűr˘, Nakamura Tomitaki, Nakamura Utasuke, Nakamura T˘z˘ II, Nakamura T˘z˘ III, Nakamura Shibajűr˘, Nakamura Shirobŕ, Nakamura Kamon, Nakamura Kanjűr˘

Career:

1778 ~ 1788: born in ďsaka. Son of Nakamura Utaemon I. The original plan of his father is to make him study medecine instead of acting but the stage call is stronger than anything else.

1788: he makes his first appearance on stage in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater, receiving the name of the name of Kagaya Fukunosuke I.

1790: Kagaya Fukunosuke takes the name of Nakamura Utaemon III.

3rd lunar month of 1795: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba", which was originally written for the puppet theater, is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Utaemon plays the roles of Watanabe no Tsuna and the koshimoto Ozasa [casting].

11th lunar month of 1799: Utaemon is supposed to play at the Naka no Shibai but the performance is in fact staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai. He plays the role of Gumpei in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki". His stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III (T˘kichi), Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Zesai, Yamaguchi Kurojir˘, Matsunaga Daizen) and Nakayama Ittoku I (Princess Yuki).

11th lunar month of 1800: first Kabuki adaptation of Chikamatsu Yanagi's puppet theater drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which was written in the 7th lunar month of 1799. The play is produced by Nakayama Tokujir˘ in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai and Utaemon plays the role of Oda Harunaga [casting].

9th lunar month of 1801: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi"; Utaemon plays the role of Fudesuke [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1804: Utaemon plays the roles of Sadakur˘ and Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is produced in Ky˘to by Hayagumo Ch˘dayű and Kameya Kumenoj˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai. His stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Arashi Sangor˘ III and Yamashita Yaoz˘ I

5th lunar month of 1804: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Danshichi in "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa". His stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Umesuke) and Segawa Rok˘ III (Otomi).

8th lunar month of 1805: tour in Nagoya. Utaemon plays the role of Tanzaemon in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima", which is performed in the precinct of the Seijuin temple. His stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Shunkan), Fujikawa Tomokichi I (Chidori) and ďtani Tomoemon II (Senoo Tar˘).

9th lunar month of 1805: Utaemon is back in Ky˘to to play the role of Tanigor˘ and Shűya in the drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi", which is produced by Fujikawa Tomosabur˘ at the Kitagawa no Shibai. He also plays the role of Kameya Chűbŕ in "Keisei Sandogasa", sharing the stage with Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Magoemon) and Fujikawa Tomokichi I (the courtesan Umegawa).

1st lunar month of 1806: Utaemon plays the role of Hanazono Michizune in the drama "Keisei Nazuna no Sekku", which is staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1806: Utaemon takes part in the kaomise of the Kado no Shibai, with Ichikawa Danz˘ IV and Kataoka Nizaemon VII. The three stars perform together in the drama "ďsakazuki Asahi no H˘rai", which is produced by Yoshizawa Minosuke.

3rd lunar month of 1807: Utaemon plays the role of the sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is staged in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai. His stage partner in the role of the rival sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is Asao Kuzaemon I.

1st lunar month of 1808: Utaemon plays the role of Nagoya Sanza in the drama "Keisei Inazuma Z˘shi", which is staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1808: Utaemon spends a few days performing in Nagoya and then settles in Edo in the 3rd lunar month, starting to play at the Nakamuraza.

5th lunar month of 1808: Utaemon plays the three leading male roles (Tadanobu, Tomomori, Gonta) of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is staged in the same theater.

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ II's drama "Z˘ho Izari no Adauchi"; Utaemon plays the roles of Iinuma Sanzaemon and Iinuma Katsugor˘ [casting].

8th lunar month of 1808: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Matsu˘maru in the great drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1808: Utaemon takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Gohiiki Onga no Shimadai".

1809: Utaemon gives 1500 ry˘, a huge amount of money at that time, to the J˘shinji temple for the rebuilding of the My˘kend˘ pavillon.

5th lunar month of 1809: Utaemon plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, K˘ no Moron˘, Ono Sadakur˘, Amakawaya Gihei and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". His stage partners are Seki Sanjűr˘ II (En'ya Hangan), Ichikawa Omez˘ I (Hayano Kanpei) and Segawa Rok˘ IV (Oishi)

11th lunar month of 1809: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "ďshű Dachiyuki no Kurogoma", whose plot and characters belong to the "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara" world.

3rd lunar month of 1810: Utaemon plays the prestigious role of the king of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri", which is performed at the Nakamuraza. His stage partner in the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi is Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III.

9th lunar month of 1810: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Komochi Yamanba" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Nakamuraza; Utaemon plays the role of Oginoya Yaegiri [casting]. He plays in the same theater the role of Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Date Asobi Kuruwa Fűzoku", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world. He also plays the role of Gotobŕ in "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘".

11th lunar month of 1810: Utaemon takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Setsugekka no Kuronushi".

3rd lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the 7-role Nagauta-based hengemono "Osozakura Teniha no Nana Moji"; the seven roles are performed by Utaemon. The 4th role is still part of the current repertoire and is staged under the title "Echigo Jishi".

7th lunar month of 1811: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Ume˘maru in the great drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Sawamura Gennosuke I (Matsu˘maru) and Onoe Matsusuke II (Sakuramaru).

5th lunar month of 1812: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of the priest Seigen in the drama "Kiyomizu Seigen Omokage Zakura". His stage partner in the role of Princess Sakura is Arashi Tomisabur˘ II.

9th lunar month of 1812: the actor Utaemon, who is about to travel back to his native Kamigata after more than 4 years spent in Edo, performs his onagori ky˘gen at the Nakamuraza, which includes the premiere of a sanbas˘ entitled "Mata Kuru Haru Suzuna no Tanemaki". The roles of Sanbas˘, Senzai and Okina were performed by Utaemon, Nakamura Akashi IV and Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV.

Fall 1812: Utaemon goes back to Kamigata.

3rd lunar month of 1813: Utaemon plays the role of Danshichi in the drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa", which is staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai.

6th lunar month of 1814: Utaemon plays the role of the sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is staged in Edo at the Nakamuraza. His stage partner in the role of the rival sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ is Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

8th lunar month of 1814: Utaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Honda Dainaiki and Ishidome Busuke in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa".

9th lunar month of 1814: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Iwanaga Saemon in the drama Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki. His stage partners in the roles of Akoya and Shigetada are Nakamura Matsue III and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1814: Utaemon takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Ninin Mukomi Kurai Sadame".

4th lunar month of 1815: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Heiji in "Hirakana Seisuiki".

7th lunar month of 1815: Utaemon celebrates his last performance in Edo at the Nakamuraza by playing the role of Matahei in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Keisei Hangonk˘". The performance is a great success.

11th lunar month of 1815: Utaemon is back in ďsaka, at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke, Jűtar˘ and Yasaku in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku". His stage partners are Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I, Nakayama Bunshichi III and Nakayama Shinkur˘ III. He also plays the roles of Omiwa and Soga no Iruka in "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

1st lunar month of 1816: Utaemon plays the roles of Sasaki Tan'emon, Honda Dainaiki and Ishidome Busuke in the drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa", which is produced by Nakamura Utagor˘ in the same theater. He also plays the role of Kameya Chűbŕ in "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai", sharing the stage with Nakayama Yoshio I in the role of the courtesan Umegawa.

3rd lunar month of 1816: Utaemon performs in the same theater in the 9-roles dance "Sono Kokonoe Saishiki Zakura".

5th lunar month of 1816: Utaemon plays in the same theater the roles of T˘kichi and Ranmaru in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki".

8th lunar month of 1816: Utaemon moves to the Horie no Shibai at the beginning of the month, performing in the drama "Danshichi Mohei". He's back at the Kado no Shibai at the end of the month and plays the roles of Jiroemon and Sanai in "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki".

9th lunar month of 1816: Utaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Ashikaga Yorikane, Watanabe Gekizaemon and Saibara Kakeyu in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi". He also plays the male role of the dance "Tsuri Gitsune", in duo with Nakayama Yoshio I.

11th lunar month of 1816: Utaemon moves to Ky˘to, performing in the Kitagawa no Shibai kaomise program in the company of Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I, Nakayama Yoshio I and Arashi Sangor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1817: Utaemon is back in ďsaka, playing in the drama "Keisei Chikugo-ga-Fuchi", which is produced by Nakamura Utagor˘ at the Kado no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1817: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Funakoshi Kuhachi in the drama "Katakiuchi Mid˘ no Mae". He also plays the role of the monkey trainer Yojir˘ in the drama "Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi".

5th lunar month of 1817: Utaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Yokoz˘, Yamamoto Kansuke and Takasaka Danj˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘". He also plays the role of Kon'ya Tokubŕ in the drama "Kasane Izutsu".

8th lunar month of 1817: Utaemon agrees to perform in Edo at the Nakamuraza.

Winter 1817/1818: Utaemon goes to Edo.

2nd lunar month of 1818: Nakamura Utaemon III takes the name of Nakamura Shikan I at the Nakamuraza; the play "Kamakura Sandaiki" is staged for the first time in Edo and Shikan plays the role of Sasaki Takatsuna [casting].

4th lunar month of 1818: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke II's Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Sono Sugata Hana no Utsushie", commonly called "Mitsu Ningy˘" (literally "The Three Puppets") and ending a program entitled "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Danmaku" (nibanme); Shikan plays the role of the yakko [casting].

5th lunar month of 1818: Shikan plays in the same theater the roles of Fukashichi and Sadaka in "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

7th lunar month of 1818: Shikan plays in the same theater the role of Rokusuke in the drama "Katakiuchi Doremo Wazamono", whose plot and characters belong to the "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" world. His stage partner in the role of Osono is Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1818: Shikan takes part in the Nakamuraza kaomise program "Higashiyama Dono Kabuki no Danmaku". He plays the roles of Kazusanosuke Hiromitsu, Taira no Kiyomori and Demura Shinbŕ in the drama "Ise Heiji Hiiki no Kamikaze". There is also a "Sayaate" scene, in which Shikan plays the role of Nagoya Sanza, confronting on stage Sanza's rival in love Fuwa Banzaemon, who is portrayed by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V. The role of the courtesan Katsuragi is played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

3rd lunar month of 1819: Shikan plays in the same theater the role of the Ohatsu in the drama "Yayoi no Hana Onna Hinagata", whose plot and characters belong to the "Kagamiyama" world. His stage partners are Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (Iwafuji) and Nakamura Daikichi I (Onoe). He also plays the role of the villain Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Momoyogusa", sharing the stage with Onoe Kikugor˘ III (Sukeroku) and Iwai Kumesabur˘ II (Agemaki).

4th lunar month of 1819: Shikan plays in the same theater the roles of Shiratayű and Takebe Genz˘ in the great drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

5th lunar month of 1819: Shikan plays in the same theater the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in "Natsu Matsuri Yomiya no Tateire", whose plot and characters belong to the "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" world. His stage partners are Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (Issun Tokubŕ) and Seki Sanjűr˘ II (Tsuribune Sabu).

6th lunar month of 1819: Shikan plays in the same theater the role of Gotobŕ in "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘". He also plays the role of the sum˘ wrestler Tetsugadake in the drama "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori".

9th lunar month of 1819: Shikan celebrates his last performance at the Nakamuraza by playing all the roles of a 9-roles dance program called "Onagori Oshie no Mazebari". The roles are Tennin (a heavenly being), Ky˘ran (the madness), Kuromb˘ (the black creature), Tomomori (the legendary warrior Taira no Tomomori), Tobae (this section is based on of Toba S˘j˘ Kakuyű who was a high-ranking prient of the Tendai sect and a renowned painter), Miko (a shaman), Kan U (a famous Chinese warlord), Keisei (a high-ranking courtesan) and Tamamo-no-Mae (the leading character of the play "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto"). This is also the first adaptation to Kabuki (in ˘shibai!) of the drama "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura", in which Shikan plays the role of Hiragawara no Jiroz˘ [casting].

Fall 1819: Shikan returns to Kamigata and takes back his previous name of Nakamura Utaemon III.

11th lunar month of 1819: Utaemon plays the role of the sum˘ wrestler Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which is staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai. His stage partner in the role of the rival sum˘ wrestler Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ is Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1820: Utaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Igami no Gonta and the fox Tadanobu in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also plays the role of Inanoya no Hanbei in the drama "Koina Hanbei Kuruwa no Iroage".

7th lunar month of 1820: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Komagata Kuranoshin in the drama "Tenjiku Tokubŕ Ikoku Banashi". His stage partner is the Edo star Onoe Kikugor˘ III.

9th lunar month of 1820: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Sat˘ Masakiyo in the drama "Hachijin Shugo no Honj˘" [print].

1st lunar month of 1821: Utaemon plays the roles of Takechi Mitsuhide, Senoo Tar˘ and Ohatsu in the dramas "Ehon Taik˘ki", "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki" and "Keisei Kagamiyama", which are produced at the Kado no Shibai by Nakamura Matsuyo. He shares the stage with his stage rival, the Edo star Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

3rd lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ K˘bai Tazuna", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Utaemon under his pen name of Kanazawa Ryűgoku; the star plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki [casting]. He also plays in the same theater the roles of Fukashichi and Sadaka in the drama "Imoseyma Onna Teikin". His stage partners are Arashi Koroku IV (Omiwa, Koganosuke), Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III (Daihanji, Iruka, Fujiwara no Tankai) and Nakamura Matsue III (Hinadori).

5th lunar month of 1821: Utaemon plays in the same theater the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Takubei and Kat˘ Yomoshichi in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

7th lunar month of 1821: Utaemon moves to the Naka no Shibai, playing the roles of Arajishi Otokonosuke and Hosokawa Katsumoto in the play "Hagi ha Sendai Na ha Matsumoto", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

8th lunar month of 1821: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Akamatsu Enshin in the drama "Akamatsu Enshin Midori no Jinmaku".

9th lunar month of 1821: Utaemon is back at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the drama "Taiheiki Kikusui no Maki" but the performance is not a success because of a quarrel between Utaemon and Ichikawa Danz˘ V.

2nd lunar month of 1822: the rivalry between Utaemon and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III reaches its climax when both actors play simultaneously the prestigious larger-than-life role of Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri". Utaemon plays at the Naka no Shibai and Mitsugor˘ at the Kado no Shibai. Utaemon's stage partner in the role of Hisayoshi is Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

11th lunar month of 1822: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kidai no Ishikiri", a new version of the third act of "Miura no ďsuke ďbai Tazuna", revised by Utaemon under his pen name of Kanazawa Ryűgoku; the star plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1823: amazing performance done by Utaemon, who plays 7 roles in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is produced by Nakamura Kajinosuke at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1823: Utaemon settles in Ky˘to and plays the role of Iwanaga Saemon in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki", which is performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai. His stage partners are Nakamura Karoku I (Akoya) and Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I (Shigetada).

4th lunar month of 1825: Utaemon plays the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi", which is performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

1826: Nakamura Utaemon III takes the name of Nakamura Baigyoku I and keeps it a few months.

9th lunar month of 1829: Utaemon plays the role of Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is produced at the Kado no Shibai by Nakamura Umematsu. His stage partners are Nakamura Matsue III (Otoku), Arashi Rikan II (Utanosuke) and Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Sh˘gen). The same play is performed with the same casting in the 11th lunar month at the Kitagawa no Shibai in Ky˘to.

1st lunar month of 1830: his rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is murui (literally "unequaled"). He shares the same rank with 2 others stars: Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V. Utaemon plays the roles of Ishikawa Goemon, Ishida no Tsubone and Sanigoroshichi in the drama "Keisei Setsugekka", whose plot and characters belong to the "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" world and which is performed in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1830: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘, disguised as a sake-seller, in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura". His stage partners in the roles of Sukeroku and Agemaki are Ichikawa Hakuen II and Nakamura Matsue III.

6th lunar month of 1830: tour in Miyajima in the company of Nakamura Matsue III. They perform in "Hirakana Seisuiki".

8th lunar month of 1830: Utaemon plays the roles of Rokusuke and Hosokawa Yas˘zaemon in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi", which is produced in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai by Sawamura Kamekichi. The role of Osono is played by Nakamura Matsue III.

9th lunar month of 1830: Utaemon moves to the Kado no Shibai and plays the roles of Abe no Yasuna and the yakko Yakanpei in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1830: Utaemon plays the role of Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which is performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in Ky˘to. He also plays the role of Tadanobu in one act of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which is performed at the end of the programm.

1st lunar month of 1831: Utaemon is back in ďsaka, playing 3 roles in the drama "Keisei Shigeshige Yawa", produced by Nakamura Baika I at the Naka no Shibai. His rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki is kokon murui (literally "unequaled through all ages").

3rd lunar month of 1831: the troupe performing at the Naka no Shibai moves to the Kado no Shibai. Utaemon plays 3 roles in the drama "Onna Setsuy˘ Emon Kagami". Utaemon and Nakamura Noshio III end the program by performing in duo in the dance Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji. Noshio falls suddenly ill and Utaemon has to perform the dance alone.

5th lunar month of 1831: Utaemon plays in the same theater the roles of Tokaiya Ginpei and Taira no Tomomori in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also plays the role of Kagekiyo in "Onna Kagekiyo".

7th lunar month of 1831: the troupe performing at the Kado no Shibai moves to the Naka no Shibai. Utaemon plays the role of the warrior Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He also plays the role of Kameya Chűbŕ in "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai", sharing the stage with Nakamura Matsue III in the role of the courtesan Umegawa.

9th lunar month of 1831: Utaemon plays in the same theater the role of Asama in the drama "Takane no Nami".

11th lunar month of 1831: Utaemon and his troupe move to Ky˘to, performing for the Kitagawa no Shibai kaomise program. He plays the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Hayano Kanpei and ďboshi Yuranosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1832: Utaemon and his troupe are back in ďsaka, playing in the drama "Keisei Hana no Yamazaki", which is produced by Nakamura Tamanosuke at the Naka no Shibai.

2nd lunar month of 1832: the troupe moves to the Kado no Shibai. Utaemon plays the roles of Kamatari, Daihanji no Kiyosumi and Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which is produced by Sawamura Montar˘. The "Goj˘bashi" scene of "ďgiya Kumagai", which was not in the original puppet drama, is added to this drama for the first time and staged in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Utaemon plays the role of Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane [more details].

9th lunar month of 1832: Matsue plays in the same theater the roles of Takemura Sadanoshin, Sagisaka Sanai and Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

11th lunar month of 1832: Utaemon takes part in the kaomise program of the Kado no Shibai, playing in the dance "Tokiwa Akizuki no Aki", which is produced by Nakamura Umematsu.

1st lunar month of 1833: his disciple Nakamura Matsue III takes the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II, which has not been held since 8th lunar month of 1786. They celebrate this shűmei by performing together at the Kado no Shibai in the new year drama "Keisei Chigo-ga-Fuchi". This is also the premiere of "Chichi Morai", staged as the second part of "Keisei Chigo-ga-Fuchi", in which Utaemon plays the role of Kan˘ Shirojir˘ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1833: Utaemon is back in Ky˘to and plays the roles of Soga no Iruka, Daihanji no Kiyosumi and Fukashichi in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which is staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai. Premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of "Hana Fubuki Koi no Tekagami", in which Utaemon plays the role of Kan˘ Shirojir˘ [casting].

5th lunar month of 1833: Utaemon is back in ďsaka, playing the role of Kanki in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen", which is staged at the Kado no Shibai. The role of Wat˘nai is played by Arashi Rikan II.

7th lunar month of 1833: Utaemon moves to Ky˘to, performing in the drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen" and "Gokusaishiki Musume ďgi", which are staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1833: Utaemon is back in ďsaka, playing the role of Yoshitsune in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki", which is produced by Nakamura Tsurunosuke at the Kado no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1834: Utaemon settles in Ky˘to and takes part in the kaomise of the Kitagawa no Shibai. He plays the role of Yoshitsune in the "Kumagai Jin'ya" scene of the classic "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He also plays the role of Gotobŕ in "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘".

4th lunar month of 1835: tour in Ise in the company of Arashi Kichisabur˘ III and Asao Kuzaemon II. Utaemon performs in the dramas "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki" and "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘", which are staged at the Naka-no-Jiz˘ Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1835: Utaemon performs in the same theater in the drama "Konoshita Kage Hazama Gassen" and the 7-roles dance "Shichimai Tsuzuki Naniwa no Sugatae".

1st lunar month of 1836: Utaemon decides to adopt his disciple Nakamura Shikan II and to give him his name. Nakamura Shikan II, Nakamura Utaemon III and Nakamura Tsurusuke II respectively take the names of Nakamura Utaemon IV, Nakamura Tamasuke and Nakamura Shikan III, playing together in the drama "Keisei Haru no Tori", which is produced by the zamoto Nakamura Umez˘ in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1838: Tamasuke appears on stage for the last time, at the Naka no Shibai in ďsaka, playing the roles of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki and Tatara Shind˘ Saemon in the dramas "Kajiwara Heiz˘ K˘bai Tazuna" and "Karukaya D˘shin Tsukushi no Iezuto".

Comments:

Nakamura Tamasuke was an outstanding kaneru yakusha, who won fame for himself first in Kamigata, then in Edo. He was also famous for his acting rivalries with Arashi Kichisabur˘ II in ďsaka, then with Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V in Edo. One of his fields of excellence was the hengemono dances. He performed up to 9 roles/costums changes during the same dance.

Nakamura Tamasuke's best roles: Matsu˘maru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane ("Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"), Taira no Tomomori/Igami no Gonta/Tadanobu ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura") and Gotobŕ ("Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘").

It is worth noting that Nakamura Utaemon III was also a playwright, writing around 25 plays under the pen name of Kanazawa Ryűgoku.
"The third Utaemon wrote his own plays, but did not have good luck in the sakusha whom he engaged to help him,--Nagawa Seisuke. He did his best with Nagawa's poor compositions, but the latter possessed inferior ability. On one occasion the playwright became angry because his ideas had not been carried out properly, and he drew his sword to kill Utaemon, when he was stopped." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

If you have a bit of time during your stay in T˘ky˘, there is a place where you can pay your respect to Nakamura Utaemon III. A stone was erected after his death in the precinct of J˘shinji temple, in memory of his generosity. This stone is called Baigyoku no Hi, literally "the monument of Baigyoku".

Nakamura Tamasuke playing the role of Moriguchi Kur˘ in the drama "Hakkenden"
(print made by Utagawa Kunisada II)

Prints & Illustrations

4 faces

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1811

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1818

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1819

Print made by Juk˘d˘ Yoshikuni in 1820

Print made by Juk˘d˘ Yoshikuni in 1826

Print made by Utagawa Kunihiro in 1827

Print made by Juk˘d˘ Yoshikuni in 1828

Print made by Shunshosai Hokuch˘ in 1828

Illustrated playbill 1828

Print made by Asayama Ashiyuki in 1829 (courtesy of V.)

Print made by Utagawa Kunihiro in 1830

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1838

The Kanazawa Ryűgoku line of playwrights

The Kagaya Fukunosuke line of actors

The Nakamura Shikan line of actors

The Nakamura Baigyoku line of actors

The Nakamura Utaemon line of actors

 
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