NAKAMURA TOMIJ█Rď V

Stage names:

Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V In Japanese
Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI In Japanese
Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV In Japanese

Dancer name: Azuma Tokutaka

Real name: Watanabe Hajime

Guild: Tenn˘jiya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Crest: Yattsu Yaguruma

Existence: 4 June 1929 ~ 3 January 2011

Connections:

Great-grandfather: Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I

Grandfathers: Band˘ Hikojűr˘ II, Ichimura Uzaemon XV

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˘

Disciples: Nakamura Kikaku II, Arashi Kitsusabur˘ VI

Career:

August 1943: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Nakaza Theater (ďsaka), receiving the name of Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV and playing in the dance "Kagami Jishi".

1950: he becomes the 5th iemoto of the Azuma-ryű School of Buy˘, receiving the title from his mother Azuma Tokuho I, who was the 4th iemoto.

July 1951: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Tsurunosuke plays the role of Iori's son Kyűya [casting].

July 1952: Tsurunosuke plays for the first time the main role of the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", which is a creation of the great actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.

Spetembre 1956: Tsurunosuke and ďtani Tomoemon VII play together for the first time in the dance "Ninin Wankyű", which is performed at the Meijiza Theater.

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].

May 1964: Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV takes the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI at the Kabukiza by playing in the plays "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (ninth act), "Yoritomo no Shi" and "Ninin Wankyű".

April 1968: he resigns from his position of iemoto of the Azuma-ryű School of Buy˘. His mother Azuma Tokuho I replaces him as iemoto.

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".

April 1976: the National Theatre produces the revival in 5 acts and 9 scenes of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Segawa Uneme [casting].

August 1980: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa"; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Iwai-buro Jisuke [casting].

January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya" in which Tomijűr˘ plays the role of ďgimachi Dazainoj˘ [casting].

January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Iwanaga Saemon, later Shű S˘ [casting].

January 1986: revival at the National Theatre of the rarely-staged drama "Uwanari", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of K˘ga no Tar˘ Kanetsura [more details].

1986: tour in the USA.

1987: tour in the USSR.

October 1988: Tomijűr˘ takes part in a Kabuki tour in Egypt; he plays the roles of Shunkan and Tar˘kaja in the drama "Shunkan" and the dance "B˘ Shibari".

March 1989: Tomijűr˘ plays for the first time the role of D˘gen in the drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi", which is performed at the National Theatre.

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.

December 2000: the National Theatre produces the revival of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", which has not been staged for 77 years; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Demura Shinbŕ.

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].

Comments:

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".

Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V playing the role of D˘gen in the drama "Kagatobi" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1990

The Band˘ Tsurunosuke line of actors

The Ichimura Takenoj˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Tomijűr˘ line of actors

 
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