|NAKAMURA TOMIJ█Rď V|
Dancer name: Azuma Tokutaka
Real name: Watanabe Hajime
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Blazon: Yattsu Yaguruma
Existence: 4 June 1929 ~ 3 January 2011
Great-grandfather: Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I
Father: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV
Mother: Azuma Tokuho I
Half-brother: Nakamura Kikaku I
Daughter: Azuma Tokuho II (Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV's wife)
Son: Nakamura Takanosuke
Grandson: Nakamura Kazutar˘
1957: tour in the USA.
January 1964: revival at the Nissay Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's spectacular drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Tsurunosuke plays the role of Kitashirakawa no Anchin (in reality Minamoto no Raik˘) [casting].
September 1972: Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI takes the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Higuchi in the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" (the "Sakaro" act) and the snake-spirit dancer Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".
1986: tour in the USA.
1987: tour in the USSR.
1994: Tomijűr˘ receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
1995: Tomijűr˘ plays the role of the Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V in the movie "Sharaku". This film narrates the life of the famous print-maker T˘shűzai Sharaku, who produced all his works between 1794 and 2nd lunar month of 1795 and disappeared mysteriously, leaving behind him some of the most famous actor prints.
1996: tour in Italy.
1997: tour in France.
January 2002: the National Theatre produces the revival of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of the thief Nippon Daemon [casting].
May 2009: Tomijűr˘ does his sanju kinen performance (for his coming 80th birthday); It is celebrated at the Kabukiza, not within a regular Kabuki program, but as a short dance program of the association Yaguruma no Kai (yaguruma is the mon of Tomijűr˘). The star plays the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the spectacular dance-drama "Kanjinch˘". He also performs with his son Nakamura Takanosuke in the dance "Renjishi".
November 2010: Tomijűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he plays the role of Hatakeyama Shigetada in the drama "Sakaro"; Tomijűr˘, due to poor health, has to be replaced by Band˘ Hikosabur˘.
3 January 2011: Tomijűr˘ dies in T˘ky˘, victim of a rectal cancer [his floral tribute in Asakusa].
Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V was an amazing actor endowed with one of the most powerful voices in Kabuki. Although he was also the first tachiyaku in a line of onnagata actors, he was able to perform a wide range of roles, from the evil maseur D˘gen in "Kagatobi" to the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Musume D˘j˘ji".
The Band˘ Tsurunosuke line of actors
The Ichimura Takenoj˘ line of actors
The Nakamura Tomijűr˘ line of actors
|Contact | Main | Top | Updates | Actors | Plays | Playwrights | Programs | Links | FAQ | Glossary | Chronology | Illustrations | Prints | Characters | Derivatives | Theaters | Coming soon | News|