NAKAMURA SHICHISABURď
   
FIVE GENERATIONS
Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I
  The actor Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I held this name from his youth to the 2nd lunar month of 1708.

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I playing the role of Tomoenoj˘ in the drama "Keisei Asama-ga-Dake" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II
  The actor Nakamura Sh˘ch˘ held the name of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II from the 11th lunar month of 1710 to the 10th lunar month of 1770.

The actors Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II (right) and Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I (left) playing the roles of Sukeroku and the courtesan Agemaki in the play "Imosedori Meisho no Yűgure", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1753 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Torii Kiyohiro)

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III
  The actor Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX held the name of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III from the 11th lunar month of 1770 to the 12th lunar month of 1777.

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III performing in Nakamura Jűsuke II's new year drama "Haru ha Soga Akebono Z˘shi", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1772 at the Nakamuraza

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV
Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He was the son of Nakamura Shichiji, grandson of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II and younger brother of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX. He took the name of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV in the 11th lunar month of 1785, performing at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yuki Motsu Take Furisode Genji". He became wakaonnagata in 1794 and tachiyaku in 1807. Often ill, he had to retire in 1820 and became a backstage manager at the Nakamuraza. He made his final stage appearance in the 4th lunar month of 1832 for the shűmei of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII. He was the father of the playwright Nakamura Jűsuke IV. He could have died in Edo in the 6th lunar month of 1851 [1].

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Sh˘ch˘ Nakamuraya, Amazuya [2]

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada I in 1819

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV playing the role of the send˘ Kashiwaya no Tetsu in the new year drama "Hatsudayori Kuruwa no Tamazusa", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1813 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ V
Nakamura Shichisabur˘ V  In Japanese | Nakamura Sengyoku  In Japanese | Nakamura Rok˘ [3]  In Japanese
 

Born the 28th of August 1879 in Nihonbashi Yoshi-ch˘, one of the 6th hanamachi in T˘ky˘. His father was the 3-generation master of the Yoshi-ch˘ ry˘tei Hyakuseki. Disciple of Nakamura Ganjir˘ I, his first stage name was Nakamura Rok˘ [3]. He took the name of Nakamura Sengyoku in April 1918. He became nadai in 1920 and took the name of Nakamura Shichisabur˘ V in February 1920. In his latter years, he was a supporting tachiyaku actor in the troupe led by Nakamura Kichiemon I. He appeared on stage for the last time in July 1948 at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘, where he played the role of It˘ Kihŕ in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan". He died the 29th of July 1948. He was the brother of the painter Yasuda Yukihiko.

Haimy˘ Honmy˘
Sh˘ch˘ Yasuda Naojir˘

Nakamura Shichisabur˘ V (bottom/left) and Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (standing/right) playing the roles of Hiranuma Kazue and Tokugawa Ieyasu in the drama "Kiyomasa Seichűroku", which was staged in March 1920 at the Imperial Theater

 

Notes

[1] Date of death unknown in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". According to the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database, he died the 9th day of the 6th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kaei era, which was the 7th of July 1851 in the western calendar. In the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", he was recorded as dying the 29th day of the 6th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kaei era, which was the 27th of July 1851 in the western calendar.

[2] Nakamura Shichisabur˘ IV's guild was Amazuya in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran". It was Nakamuraya in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten".

[3] This name was not reported in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". It was reported in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran" and in the Ritsumeikan University Actors Database.

 
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