NAKAJIMA KANZAEMON
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Nakajima Kanzaemon I
  The actor Nakajima Kanzaemon I held this name from his childhood to the 4th lunar month of 1716.

Nakajima Kanzaemon I (bottom) and Sakata Oginoj˘ (top) playing the roles of Hata Rokur˘zaemon and Kasane-no-Mae in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1753 at the Ichimuraza

Nakajima Kanzaemon II
 

The actor Nakajima Kanzaemon II held this name from Fall 1716 to the 8th lunar month of 1762.

Nakajima Kanzaemon II (right) and Kasaya Matakur˘ I (left) playing the roles of Yamanushi Gozen and T˘nai Tar˘ in the kaomise drama "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1711 at the Ichimuraza

Nakajima Kanzaemon III
  The actor Nakajima Kanzaemon III held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1762 to the 1st lunar month of 1794.

Nakajima Kanzaemon III in a print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1770

Nakajima Kanzaemon IV
Shimano Kanzaemon  In Japanese | Nakajima Jinzaemon  In Japanese | Nakajima Kanzaemon IV  In Japanese | Ichikawa Tomiemon  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Tomiemon. He was not the disciple of Nakajima Kanzaemon III, who died the 13th day of the 1st lunar month of 1794, but he got the right to take the name of Nakajima Kanzaemon IV in the 11th lunar month of 1794, performing at the Miyakoza in Namiki Gohei I's kaomise drama "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare". He did not hold this name for a long time because he took the name of Nakajima Jinzaemon in the same theater in the 1st lunar month of 1795, playing the role of Yokawa Banzaemon in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime". He finally took the name of Shimano Kanzaemon in the 11th lunar month of 1795, performing at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Genpei Hashira Goyomi". This minor katakiyaku actor most likely died in 1796. He was the master of Nakajima Kanzaemon V.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Nakajimaya, Naritaya [1] T˘shi, Zesh˘

The name of Nakajima Kanzaemon IV in the 1795 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Nakajima Kanzaemon V
Nakamura Kanzaemon  In Japanese | Nakajima Kanzaemon V  In Japanese | Nakamura Otoza  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kosanza  In Japanese | Nakamura Otoza  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Nakamura Matsue I, who gave him the name of Nakamura Otoza. He made his debut on stage in the 11th lunar month of 1774. He quickly became a disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V in 1783 and received the name of Ichikawa Kosanza in the 11th lunar month of 1775. He joined back Nakamura Matsue I and took back the name of Nakamura Otoza in the 1st lunar month of 1784. He joined Nakajima Kanzaemon IV in 1794 and took the name of Nakajima Kanzaemon V in the 11th lunar month of 1798, performing at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Hanayagura Tachibana Keizu". He took the name of Nakamura Kanzaemon in the 9th lunar month of 1799. His last recorded stage performance was in the role of Washizuka Heima in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1800 at the Ichimuraza. No record afterwards. He was the master of Nakajima Kanzaemon VI.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Nakajimaya, Naritaya [2], Sakaiya [3] T˘shi, Bunsha [2], Shurai [3]

The name of Nakajima Kanzaemon V in the 1799 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Nakajima Kanzaemon VI
Nakajima Kanzaemon VI  In Japanese | Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ II  In Japanese | Matsumoto Tomiz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, who gave him the name of Matsumoto Tomiz˘. He became katakiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1810 and took the name of Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ II at the Moritaza, performing in the kaomise drama "Monomi Guruma Yuki no Takadono". He became disciple of Nakamura Kanzaemon and took the name of Nakajima Kanzaemon VI in the 11th lunar month of 1821 at the Ichimuraza. His name disappeared from theater playbills at the end of the 1830s.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Nakajimaya, K˘raiya [4] T˘shi

Nakajima Kanzaemon VI performing a kugeaku role in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I in 1838

 

Notes

[1] Only when he was Ichikawa Tomiemon.

[2] Only when he was Ichikawa Kosanza.

[3] Only when he was Nakamura Otoza.

[4] Only when he was Matsumoto Tomiz˘ or Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ II.

 
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