NAKAMURA SJR

Stage names:

Nakamura Sjr In Japanese
Mimasu Gennosuke III In Japanese
Nakamura Kamez In Japanese
Arashi Kamez In Japanese

Real name: Fujii Jb I [1]

Guild: Suehiroya

Poetry names: Sensh, Kasen

Existence: 1835 ~ 8 October 1889

Connections:

Masters: Nakamura Jakuemon I, Mimasu Daigor IV, Nakamura Kanjaku II, Arashi Kametar

Disciples: Nakamura Kasen I, Nakamura Kiyosabur V, Nakamura Kametar, Nakamura Chiyomatsu, Nakamura Kohakur, Nakamura Sangor

Career:

1835~1860: born in Nagoya in the district of Atsuta Tomie-ch. His father managed a public bath. He was adopted by a dentist in the family of his mother and received the name of Fujii Jb I [1]. Fond of arts, he learnt to play shamisen and left his family to become the disciple of a travelling actor named Arashi Kametar who gave him the name of Arashi Kamez. He met the actor Nakamura Kanjaku II during a performance in Nagoya and became his disciple. He received the name of Nakamura Kamez at an unknown date.

1860: he married with the daughter of Mimasu Daigor IV and took the name of Mimasu Gennosuke III in the 8th lunar month.

1st lunar month of 1865: he joined the actor Nakamura Jakuemon I and took the name of Nakamura Sjr.

9th lunar month of 1868: Sjr played at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai in saka the role of Sodehagi in the "Sodehagi Saimon" scene of the play "sh Adachi-ga-Hara"; his stage partners were Arashi Hinasuke VI (Abe no Sadat), Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Abe no Munet) and Nakamura Kanjaku III (Hachiman Tar).

11th lunar month of 1868: Sjr played at the Minamigawa no Shibai (Kyto) the role of Sodehagi in the "Sodehagi Saimon" scene of the drama "sh Adachi-ga-Hara"; his stage partners were the same as the saka performance in September.

4th lunar month of 1872: tour in Nagoya; Sjr played at the Wakamiya no Shibai the role of Kamiya Jih in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Shinj Ten no Amijima".

1874: Sjr became zagashira at the Nakaza.

1877~1882: long stay in Tky. Sjr gained an incredible fame, costarring actors like Ichikawa Danjr IX or Onoe Kikugor V.

October 1878: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jitsugetsusei Kywa Seidan"; Sjr played the role of Akisaka Awaji-no-Kami [casting].

16 July 1879: Sjr took part in the gala night at the Shintomiza in the honor of the General Ulysses S. Grant [more details].

23 May 1880: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Arimatsuzome Sum Yukata"; Sjr played the role of Iba Jinzabur [more details].

March 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's masterpiece "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana"; Sjr played the role of Katagi Kozaemon [casting].

June 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's jidaimono "Youchi Soga Kariba no Akebono" [casting]; Sjr played the roles of Soga Jr Sukenari and Minamoto no Yoritomo.

January 1883: Sjr played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Karaki Masaemon and Fujiya Izaemon in the dramas "Igagoe Norikake Gappa" and "Kuruwa Bunsh"; the role of the courtesan Ygiri was played by Arashi Kitsusabur IV.

March 1883: Sjr played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Yuranosuke and Sat Yomoshichi in the classic "Kanadehon Chshingura".

November 1883: Sjr played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Sonobe Hye and Akizuki Daizen in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

January 1884: Sjr played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Iwafuji in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky no Nishikie".

May 1884: Sjr played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Matsumaru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; he falls ill during the performance and has to be replaced by Arashi Kitsusabur IV.

October 1884: Sjr performed at the Naka no Shibai in the dramas "Komagaike Chikai no Shigarami" and "Asahi Kage Ashibe no Manazuru".

January 1885: Sjr played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Yuranosuke and Kakubei in the classic "Kanadehon Chshingura".

March 1886: Sjr played at the Ebisuza (saka) the role of Ichij kura Naganari in the "Ichij kura Monogatari" scene of the drama "Kiichi Hgen Sanryaku no Maki".

January 1887: Sjr played at the Ebisuza (saka) the role of Sasaki Moritsuna in the drama "mi Genji Senjin Yakata".

March 1887: Sjr played at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Takebe Genz and Kakuju in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

July 1887: Sjr played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sait Bett Sanemori ("Sanemori Monogatari") in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki".

June 1888: Sjr played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Obiya Chemon in the drama "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami"; the role of Chemon's lover Ohan was played by Ichikawa Udanji I.

September 1888: Sjr played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kiichi Hgen in the "Kikubatake" scene of the drama "Kiichi Hgen Sanryaku no Maki".

October 1888: Sjr played at the Naniwaza the roles of Fujiwara Shihei, Takebe Genz and Kakuju in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the role of Kan Shj was played by Ichikawa Udanji I.

November 1888: Sjr played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Soga Jr Sukenari in the drama "Wag Soga Homare no Fuji"; the roles of Soga Gor Tokimune and Kud Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Udanji I and Nakamura Jakuemon II. This performance celebrated the shmei of Arashi Tokusabur V.

February 1889: Sjr played at the Kado no Shibai the roles of Yuruki Saemon and Yamagataya Gizaemon in the drama "Keisei Somewake Tazuna".

April 1889: Sjr appeared on stage for the last time, in saka at the Naniwaza, playing the roles of Nikki Danj and Obiya Chemon in the dramas "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" and "Katsuragawa Renri no Shigarami"; the role of Chemon's lover Ohan was played by Nakamura Ganjir I.

8 October 1889: Sjr fell ill and died in his home located in saka in the district of Kasaya-ch [2].

Comments:

Nakamura Sjr was an outstanding and very popular wagotoshi, competing with Jitsukawa Enjaku I for the title of best Kamigata tachiyaku. It was said that Nakamura Sjr and Jitsukawa Enjaku I were the equivalent in saka of Ichikawa Danjr IX and Onoe Kikugor V in Edo. Nakamura Sjr also acted in a wider range of roles, from katakiyaku to onnagata (for example the difficult role of Sodehagi in "sh Adachi-ga-Hara"). He was opposed to the Meiji theater reforms and left temporarily the stage to open a dry goods business. Fans pressure was so strong that he returned quickly to the stage.

The choice of this name was not at all related to another Nakamura Sjr, who held this name in the first half of the eighteenth century, but was related to the Sawamura clan, more precisely to the Sawamura Sjr line of actors: the name Gennosuke was usually held before taking the more prestigious name of Sjr (this was the case for both Sawamura Sjr IV and Sawamura Sjr V). Nakamura Sjr, who held the name of Gennosuke before joining the Nakamura clan, decided to use the first name Sjr when he became a disciple of Nakamura Jakuemon I.

[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 Sjr's tombstone was built at the Abeno cemetery.

Nakamura Sjr playing the role of Kaminari Shkur in the drama "Ai Kiky Karigane Gomon" staged in July 1870 at the Chikugo no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)

Print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1861

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1873

Print made by Shsai Gink in 1874

The Mimasu Gennosuke line of actors

 
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