NAKAMURA TOKIZď III

Stage names:

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III In Japanese
Nakamura Yonekichi II In Japanese

Real name: Ogawa Yonekichir˘

Guild: Yorozuya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: 6 June 1895 ~ 12 July 1959

Connections:

Grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I

Father: Nakamura Karoku III

Brothers: Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII

Sons: Nakamura Kash˘ II, Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV, Nakamura Shid˘ I, Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Nakamura Kazuo

Grandsons: Nakamura Tokiz˘ V, Nakamura Matagor˘ III, Nakamura Karoku V, Nakamura Shid˘ II, Nakamura Kinnosuke II

Great-grandsons: Nakamura Baishi IV, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Kash˘ IV, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi V, Nakamura Ryűnosuke, Nakamura Hayato

Career:

1895: born in ďsaka. He is the second son of the actor Nakamura Karoku III.

1901: he makes his first appearance on stage at Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Yonekichi II.

June 1903: Yonekichi plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tsuruchiyo in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka is played by Nakamura Shikan V.

January 1913: Yonekichi plays at the Shintomiza the role of Matsushima in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka is played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

April 1916: Nakamura Yonekichi II takes the name of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III at the Ichimuraza, playing for the first time the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

May 1917: Tokiz˘ plays at the Suehiroza (Nagoya) the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

May 1919: his father Nakamura Karoku III dies.

March 1921: Tokiz˘ and his eldest brother Nakamura Kichiemon I leave together the Ichimuraza.

June 1921: Tokiz˘ and his eldest brother Nakamura Kichiemon I the Sh˘chiku, a company producing Kabuki shows.

April 1924: the Tokiz˘ - Kichiemon duo perform for the first time, at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza, the roles of the courtesan Kojor˘ and the smuggler Kezori in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi".

July 1924: Tokiz˘ plays at the H˘rakuza the role of Otatsu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

February 1926: Tokiz˘ plays at the Hong˘za the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon is played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

April 1926: Tokiz˘ plays at the Hong˘za the role of Okaru in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of Hayano Kanpei is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

May 1926: Tokiz˘ plays at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna is played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV.

March 1927: Tokiz˘ plays at the Hong˘za the role of Okinoi in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka is played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

October 1927: revival at the Hong˘za of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "Kiyomizudera Azuma Bunsh˘", which has not been staged since 3rd lunar month of 1817; Tokiz˘ plays the role of Princess Sakura [casting].

April 1928: Tokiz˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

September 1928: Tokiz˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Okaji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

July 1930: Tokiz˘ plays at the Shinjuku Kabukiza the role of Kasane in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame"; the role of Yoemon is played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

April 1932: Tokiz˘ plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

December 1934: the Tokiz˘ - Kichiemon duo performs for the first time, at the Minamiza, the roles of Chidori and Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

April 1936: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Tonami in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Nakamura Baigyoku III (Chiyo).

July 1937: the Tokiz˘ - Kichiemon duo performs for the fourth and last time, at the Kabukiza, the roles of the courtesan Kojor˘ and the smuggler Kezori in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi".

January 1939: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Tonami).

April 1939: Tokiz˘ plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Same casting as in January.

May 1943: Tokiz˘ plays at the Minamiza the role Yashio in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka is played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

January 1944: the Tokiz˘ - Ennosuke performs for the first time, at the Meijiza, the roles of Otoku and Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘".

November 1946: the Tokiz˘ - Ennosuke performs for the final time, at the Minamiza, the roles of Chidori and Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

May 1947: revival at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the drama "Jayanagi"; Tokiz˘ plays the role of Nishiki-no-Mae, in reality the spirit of the Snake Willow [more details].

January 1949: Tokiz˘ plays at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

May 1949: Tokiz˘ plays at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio is played by Sawamura Tanosuke V.

February 1950: Tokiz˘ plays at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Princess Takiyasha in the dance-drama "Masakado"; the role of Mitsukuni is played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

May 1950: Tokiz˘ plays at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio is played by Morita Kan'ya XIV.

April ~ May 1951: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna is played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

July 1951: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Tokiz˘ plays the role of Iori's wife Run [casting].

December 1951: Tokiz˘ plays at the Minamiza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna is played by Morita Kan'ya XIV.

September 1952: Tokiz˘ plays at the Shinjuku Kabukiza the role of Kasane in the drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame"; the role of Yoemon is played by Ichikawa Jukai III.

December 1952: Tokiz˘ plays at the Minamiza the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio is played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

January 1953: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare"; the role of Yas˘zaemon is played by Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII.

May 1953: Tokiz˘ plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna is played by Morita Kan'ya XIV.

June 1953: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio is played by Ichikawa Chűsha VIII.

July 1954: Tokiz˘ plays at the Meijiza the role of Princess Takiyasha in the dance-drama "Masakado"; the role of Mitsukuni is played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

September 1954: his brother Nakamura Kichiemon I dies.

March 1955: Tokiz˘ plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare"; the role of Sankichi is played by Kataoka Takao.

February 1956: the Tokiz˘ - Ennosuke duo plays for the fourth and last time the roles of Otoku and Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is staged at the Kabukiza. Tokiz˘ also plays the role of Yashio in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka is played by Nakamura Utaemon VI.

April 1956: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Miuranosuke in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki". His stage partners in the roles of Princess Toki and Sasaki Takatsuna are Nakamura Utaemon VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

February 1957: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of the courtesan Yűgiri is played by Nakamura Utaemon VI. Tokiz˘ also plays for the last time the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare".

May 1957: Tokiz˘ plays for the seventh and last time the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba", which is staged at the ďsaka Kabukiza; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna is played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

November 1958: Tokiz˘ plays for the fifth and last time the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which is staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Yashio is played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

February 1958: Tokiz˘ plays at the Kabukiza the roles of En'ya Hangan, Okaru ("Gion Ichiriki Jaya") and Tonase (act VIII) in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

March 1958: Tokiz˘ takes part in the final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].

Comments:

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III was an important onnagata and nimaime actor of the twentieth century, excelling in wife roles. He performed female roles on countless occasions in duo with his brother Nakamura Kichiemon I in male roles. He was the head of a large family made up of five sons and five daughters.

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III's best roles : Yaegiri ("Komochi Yamanba"), Masaoka ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Sagami ("Kumagai Jin'ya"), Otoku ("Domo Mata"), Urazato ("Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki"), Otoki ("Kiwametsuki Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ") and Shigenoi ("Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna").

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III playing the role of Tomoe Gozen in the drama "Onna Shibaraku" (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1959)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Yonekichi line of actors

The Nakamura Tokiz˘ line of actors

 
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