NAKAMURA KASEN
   
TWO GENERATIONS
Nakamura Kasen I
Nakamura Kasen I  In Japanese | Nakamura Kand  In Japanese
 

Born in saka in 1868 in the district of Kuremon-ch. His father was a shitateya named Kinz. He started his career as a disciple of Nakamura Kanjaku III, who gave him the name of Nakamura Kand. His first master died the 3rd of February 1881 and he quickly joined Nakamura Sjr, who let him used the stage name which has been originally choosen by Nakamura Kanjaku III. His second master died the 8th of October 1889. He was allowed to take the name of Nakamura Kasen I in February 1890. He was active in Kamigata and in Nagoya. He died the 21st of August 1903. He followed in the footsteps of his master Nakamura Sjr, excelling like him in roles like Kamiya Jih and Soga Jr Sukenari in "Kawash" and "Soga no Taimen". He was the father of Nakamura Kasen II.

Yag Honmy
Suehiroya Fujii Jb II [1]

Nakamura Kasen I

Nakamura Kasen II
Nakamura Kasen II  In Japanese | Nakamura Shik I  In Japanese
 

Born in saka the 30th of May 1893. Son of Nakamura Kasen I, he received the name of Nakamura Shik I and started his career in September 1905 in saka at the Kadoza, two years after the passing away of his father. He took the name of Nakamura Kasen II in January 1925 at the Nakaza. He joined the first league of Kabuki actors ("kanbu shshin") and celebrated it in September 1959 at the saka Shinkabukiza, when he played the roles of Jz's mother Kiyo, the rjo Kumonoi and Jkichi's mother Otoki in "Tsuchi-ni Ikiru", "Suetsumuhana" and "Minowa no Shinj". He appeared on stage for the last time in May 1969, in Tky at the National Theatre, where he played the role of Hansai in the drama "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami". He died the 28th of August 1969. This wakiyaku Kamigata actor was active for almost 64 years. He excelled in fukeyaku roles, either as a fukeoyama or an oyajigata. His son performed for a while, using the stage name Nakamura Shik II, but he quickly stopped acting.

Yag Honmy
Suehiroya Fujii Kz, Fujii Jb III [2]

Nakamura Kasen II

 

Notes

[1] The widow of Nakamura Sjr treated his husband's disciple Nakamura Kasen I like an adoptive son and he was allowed to use Fujii Jb as his honmy and Kasen, the haimy of Nakamura Sjr, as his stage name.

[2] Nakamura Kasen II's first honmy was Fujii Kz. After the passing away of his father Nakamura Kasen I, he inherited both his stage name Nakamura Kasen and also his honmy as he became the third holder of the name Fujii Jb. The first holder was Nakamura Sjr.

 
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