NAKAMURA JZ
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Nakamura Jz I
 

The actor Nakamura Kichiemon I held the name of Nakamura Jz I from his youth to the 10th lunar month of 1759.

Anegawa Daikichi I (left) and Nakamura Jz I (right) playing the roles of Tsaku's nyb Oshizu (in reality Shizuka Gozen) and Miura Shir in the kaomise drama "Taihei Yamato Monogatari", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1756 in saka at the Kado no Shibai

Nakamura Jz II
 

The actor Nakamura Jz II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1759 to the 6th lunar month of 1788.

Nakamura Jz II playing the role of Daibutsuya Tokiz in the kaomise drama "Shinchoku Fukki no Kanatoko", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1767 in Kyto

Nakamura Jz III
 

The actor Arashi Hinasuke II held the name of Nakamura Jz III from Spring 1789 to the 12th lunar month of 1793.

Nakamura Jz III playing the role of Gunpei in the drama "Gion Sairei Shinkki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1792 at the Kado no Shibai

Nakamura Jz IV
Nakamura Jz IV  In Japanese | In Japanese
  Dates of birth and death unknown. He was recorded in the zamoto section of the Edo hybanki from 1795 to 1798 (without any stage record). No record afterwards.

The name of Nakamura Jz IV in the 1795 Edo hybanki (the zone within the red box)

Nakamura Jz V
Nakamura Jz V [1]  In Japanese | Band Matajr III  In Japanese | Kataoka Gach  In Japanese | Kataoka Matsusuke II [2]  In Japanese | Arashi Ichitar  In Japanese | Sakata Ichitar  In Japanese
 

Born in 1780. He started his career in saka miyaji shibai, performing in kodomo shibai under the name of Sakata Ichitar. He became disciple of the actor Arashi Kichitar III, became wakaonnagata and received the name of Arashi Ichitar in the 11th lunar month of 1799 [3] to perform in saka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai. He became a disciple of Kataoka Nizaemon VII, who gave him the name of Kataoka Matsusuke II [2] in the 3rd lunar month of 1806 [4] in Ise at the Naka-no-Jiz Shibai. He went to Edo in Fall 1813. He performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Gohiiki Tsunagi Uma". He achieved a great success by playing in the same theater in the 6th lunar month of 1814 the roles of the yakko Edohei, Takemura Sadanoshin and the menoto Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Nyb Somewake Tazuna". He took the name of Kataoka Gach in the 11th lunar month of 1815 at the Nakamuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Shitenn Oedo no Kaburaya", which also celebrated the shmei of Onoe Kikugor III and welcomed in Edo the actor Sawamura Tanosuke II. He became disciple of Band Mitsugor III and took the name of Band Matajr III in the 11th lunar month of 1816 at the Kawarasakiza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Kiyomori Eiga no Utena", which also celebrated the shmei of Sry Jinroku II, tani Baj II, Sakata Hanjr, Ichikawa Momotar I, Tsuuchi Monzabur III and Ichikawa Kodanji III. He took the name of Nakamura Jz V [1] in the 11th lunar month of 1819 at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the kaomise drama "Hana no Iro Yatsushi Kuronushi". He went back to saka in 1822 to perform mostly in hama shibai. He left saka in the first quarter of 1832 to perform in Nagoya. The weather was terrible, snow was heavily falling and he died frozen along with several of his travel companions while going through the Happ Pass [5] the 26th of the 1st lunar month of 1832 [6]. He was the father of Nakamura Matsusuke.

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Nakamura Jz V in kabuki21.com.

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Kawachiya Gach

Nakayama Kamesabur (bottom/left) and Nakamura Jz V (top/right) performing in the kaomise drama "Hana no Iro Yatsushi Kuronushi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1819 at the Nakamuraza

Nakamura Jz VI
 

The actor Nakamura Juz held the name of Nakamura Jz VI from October 1873 to December 1877.

Nakamura Jz VI (bottom/left) performing in the drama "Shchikubai Yuki no Akebono", which was staged in October 1873 at the Sawamuraza

 

Notes

[1] Nakamura Jz IV in Nojima Jusabur's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" but Nakamura Jz V in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiy Meiseki Benran"; we've decided to stay in line with the later book.

[2] Kataoka Matsusuke I in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiy Meiseki Benran"; we've decided to stay in line with Nojima Jusabur's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[3] 1804 in Nojima Jusabur's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten"; we've decided to stay in line with the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiy Meiseki Benran".

[4] The 7th lunar month of 1808 in Nojima Jusabur's book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten"; we've decided to stay in line with the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiy Meiseki Benran".

[5] Nowadays, it is called the Nenohira pass (Nenohira Tge in Japanese).

[6] The 21st day of the 2nd lunar month of the 3rd year of the Tenp era was the 27th of February 1832 in the western calendar.

 
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