Stage names:

Nakajima Kanzaemon III
Nakajima Kanroku III
Nakajima Dennosuke

Guild: Nakajimaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry names: Zesh˘, T˘shi

Existence: 1738 ~ 13th day of the 1st lunar month of 1794


Great-grandfather: Abura Kanroku

Grandfather: Nakajima Kanzaemon I

Father: Nakajima Kanzaemon II

Disciple: Nakajima Kanzaemon IV


1738: born in Edo. His first stage name is Nakajima Dennosuke.

11th lunar month of 1753: Nakajima Dennosuke takes the name of Nakajima Kanroku III at the Ichimuraza, playing as a katakiyaku with his father in the kaomise drama "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi".

5th day of the 8th lunar month of 1762: his father Nakajima Kanzaemon II dies.

11th lunar month of 1762: Nakajima Kanroku III takes the name of Nakajima Kanzaemon III at the Nakamuraza, playing the role of Ecchű no Jir˘bei in the kaomise drama "Nagi no Ha Izu no Sugatami", which also celebrates the shűmei of ďtani Hiroemon III and Ichikawa Somegor˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1768: Kanzaemon performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Mutsuchidori Meika no Yumitori".

2nd lunar month of 1769: the play "Sekitori Senry˘ Nobori", which was originally written for the puppet theater and staged for the first time in the 8th lunar month of 1767 in ďsaka at the Takemotoza, is adapted for Kabuki for the first time, in Edo at the Moritaza; Kanzaemon plays the role of a sum˘ referee [casting].

4th lunar month of 1780: first Kabuki adaptation of Utei Enba, Kij˘ Tar˘ and Y˘ Y˘dai puppet theater drama "Go Taiheiki Shiraishi Banashi". The play is staged in Edo at the Moritaza; Kanzaemon plays the roles of Igaya Daishichi and Kumiya Yazaemon [casting].

1st lunar month of 1792: Kanzaemon is the kanjiku for katakiyaku actors in the Edo hy˘banki.

1st lunar month of 1793: Kanzaemon's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

5th lunar month of 1793: Kanzaemon plays at the Ichimuraza the role of K˘ no Moron˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1793: Kanzaemon plays in the same theater the role of H˘j˘ Tokimasa in the drama "ďmi Genji Senjin Yakata".

11th lunar month of 1793: Kanzaemon appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Kawarasakiza the role of Higekuro no ďji, the evil prince of the "Shibaraku" scene, in the drama "Nigiwai Genji Hana Saku Mon".

13th day of the 1st lunar month of 1794: Kanzaemon dies in Edo.


Nakajima Kanzaemon III was a katakiyaku actor, who made all his career in Edo during the second half of the 18th century. He was said to look like the actor ďtani Ryűzaemon II. He was also able to play old women roles in his latter years.

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

The Nakajima Kanzaemon line of actors

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