NAKAMURA TOMOSA II

Stage names:

Nakamura Tomosa II In Japanese
Nakamura Momosa I In Japanese
Nakamura Naojir˘ In Japanese

Guild: Ky˘ya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Gank˘

Existence: 1795 ~ 16th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1861

Connection:

Father: Nakamura Tomosa I

Disciples: Nakamura Tomosa III, Nakamura Momosa II

Career:

1795 ~ 1812: born in ďsaka. He does his training with his father, who gives him as a first stage name Nakamura Naojir˘.

1812: he takes the name of Nakamura Momosa I and performs mainly in miyaji shibai or hama shibai, where he becomes very popular.

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1819: his father Nakamura Tomosa I dies.

1st lunar month of 1831: with the patronage of Arashi Rikan II, he makes his dÚbut in ˘shibai and takes the name of Nakamura Tomosa II at the Kado no Shibai.

3rd lunar month of 1838: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Sagisaka Bannai, Yakushiji Jirozaemon and Orin in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1846: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Sagisaka Bannai and Yakushiji Jirozaemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

1st lunar month of 1848: Tomosa's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, d˘kegata section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

9th lunar month of 1848: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Hachiemon in the drama "Koi Bikyaku Yamato ďrai"; the role of Chűbŕ is played by Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I.

5th lunar month of 1850: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ is played by Nakamura Utaemon IV.

9th lunar month of 1851: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Mareyo, Yat˘ta and Shund˘ Genba in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1853: Tomosa's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku/d˘kegata section, is hakushi-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost unique - superior - superior - excellent).

3rd lunar month of 1853: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Sagisaka Bannai, Yakushiji Jirozaemon, Yoichibŕ and ďta Ry˘chiku in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

8th lunar month of 1857: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of the decchi Ch˘kichi in the drama "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami"; this role was one of Nakamura Tomosa I's atariyaku.

11th lunar month of 1858: Tomosa plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Yazaemon in the "Sushiya" act of "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

3rd lunar month of 1859: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Mareyo and Haji no Hy˘e in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

8th lunar month of 1859: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Kit˘ta and Tosu no Kiz˘ in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki". He also plays the role of Zenroku in "Osome Hisamatsu".

3rd lunar month of 1860: Tomosa plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Ono no Kudayű, Akagaki Genz˘, Genroku and two others minor roles in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1860: Tomosa appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Tontokob˘, Yasozaemon, ďba Sabur˘ and Shichirosuke in "Yaemusubi Jiraiyazome", "Shigenoi Kowakare", "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and "Yaegasumi Naniwa no Hamaogi".

1st lunar month of 1861: Tomosa's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is shi-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent).

16th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1861: Tomosa dies.

Comments:

Nakamura Tomosa II was an extremely popular and talented 19th century d˘kegata and hand˘gataki actor, who made all his career in Kamigata and was a mainstay of the Naka no Shibai in ďsaka. He reached the rank shi-j˘-j˘-kichi the year of his death, which was a very unusual rank for a d˘kegata. He was famous for his ad-libs, which were often parodies of famous lines from others plays.

The actor Nakamura Tomosa II playing the role of Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1850 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Shigeharu in 1831

Print made by Utagawa Hirosada in 1848

The Nakamura Momosa line of actors

The Nakamura Tomosa line of actors

 
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