Stage names:

Nakamura Tomosa I In Japanese
Nakamura Tomosabur˘ In Japanese

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Gank˘

Existence: 1762 ~ 14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1819 [1]


Master: Nakamura Jiroza II

Son: Nakamura Tomosa II


End of the 1780s: this disciple of Nakamura Jiroza II started his career in ďsaka in hama shibai. His first stage name was Nakamura Tomosabur˘. Later on, he was called Nakamura Tomosa I.

2nd lunar month of 1790: his master Nakamura Jiroza II died.

1798: Tomosa was considered as the best katakiyaku in hama shibai.

1st lunar month of 1814: Tomosa's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He achieved a great success at the Kado no Shibai by playing the role of Hagino Yűzen in the drama "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto". This was the first performance in Kabuki history of a play based on the "Asagao Nikki" world [casting].

4th lunar month of 1814: "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto" was staged with the same casting in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1814: Tomosa played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Jűbŕ and Gent˘ta in the drama "H˘j˘ Jiraiki". He also achieved a great success by playing the role of the decchi Ch˘kichi in the drama "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami". No record afterwards.

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1819 [1]: Tomosa died.


Nakamura Tomosa I was a katakiyaku and d˘kegata actor, who gained in popularity in ďsaka in hama shibai at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. He joined the ˘shibai in 1813 and was very good in roles like Yűzen ("Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto"), Yajirobŕ ("Kamikakete Chikai no Tsumagushi"), the evil clerk Zenroku ("Some Moy˘ Imose no Kadomatsu") or the decchi Ch˘kichi ("Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami").

[1] The 14th day of the 1st lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunsei era was the 8th of February 1819 in the western calendar.

The actors Nakamura Tomosa I (bottom) and Arashi Kanjűr˘ I (top/right) playing the roles of Hagino Yűzen and Keian in the drama "Keisei Tsukushi no Tsumagoto", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1814 at the Kado no Shibai

The Nakamura Tomosa line of actors

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