Stage names:

Nakamura Tz I
Nakamura Utaemon II
Mizuki Tz I

Guilds: Ebisuya, Yamatoya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Jgy, Kaj, Kaju

Existence: 1752 ~ 22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1798 [1]


Masters: Nakamura Utaemon I, Mizuki Masano

Son: Nakamura Tz II

Grandson: Nakamura Shikan III

Great-grandsons: Nakamura Tamashichi I, Nakamura Tsurusuke V


1752: born in Kyto. He starts his career as a disciple of Mizuki Masano, who gives him the name of Mizuki Tz I and trains him as a jitsuaku actor.

1780: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Utaemon I.

11th lunar month of 1782: Nakamura Utaemon I and his disciple Nakamura Tz I respectively take the names of Kagaya Kashichi I and Nakamura Utaemon II; the former Utaemon celebrates his shmei in saka at the Naka no Shibai and the latter Utaemon celebrates his shmei in Kyto, playing at Hayagumo Chday's theater the roles of Yokoyama Daizen and the tay Sansh in the kaomise drama "Gosekky Suehiro Keizu".

1st lunar month of 1784: Tz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, jitsuaku/katakiyaku section, is j-j-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

1790: he gives his name to his master's son, who becomes Nakamura Utaemon III, and takes back the name of Nakamura Tz I.

7th lunar month of 1791: Tz plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Tsuribune Sabu and Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners are Kataoka Nizaemon VII (Danshichi Kurob) and Arashi Kichisabur II (Issun Tokub).

29th day of the 10th lunar month of 1791: his master Kagaya Kashichi I dies.

22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1798 [1]: Tz dies.


Nakamura Tz I was an actor, who made all his career in his native Kamigata during the second half of the 18th century. He was mainly a jitsuaku actor, trained by one of the best jitsuaku of his time, but never reached the same levels of art and fame as his master.

[1] The 22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of the 10th year of the Kansei era was the 7th of May 1798 in the western calendar.

Kan Hinasuke I (left) and Nakamura Tz I (right) in Kyto in 1792

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Utaemon line of actors

The Nakamura Tz line of actors

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