Stage names:

Onoe Tamiz˘ II
ďkawa Hachiz˘
Nakamura Waichi
Segawa Waichi

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Matsu˘, Sh˘ch˘, Nich˘

Existence: 1799 ~ 2 March 1886


Masters: Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Nakamura Utaemon III, Segawa Senjo

Father-in-law: Ichikawa Ebijűr˘ I

Sons: Onoe Sh˘kaku I, Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III

Disciples: Onoe Tamiz˘ III, Onoe Usabur˘ I, Onoe Wasabur˘ I, Onoe Tamisabur˘, Onoe Taminoj˘, Onoe Tamimaru I, Onoe Tamimaru II, Onoe Tsunejir˘


1799: born in Ky˘to. He is the son of Kameemon, a Kabuki hairdresser (tokoyama).

1810: he starts his career as a disciple of Segawa Senjo and receives the name of Segawa Waichi.

12th lunar month of 1810: his master Segawa Senjo dies.

1820: he joins Nakamura Utaemon III, who gives him the name of Nakamura Waichi. He leaves after his second master a few months for a third one, the Edo star Onoe Kikugor˘ III on tour in ďsaka. The two actors go together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1820: Nakamura Waichi takes the name of Onoe Tamiz˘ II at the Kawarasakiza.

7th lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Kumoi no Hareginu", which mixes the sekai of Gion no Ny˘go, the Two Shinbŕ ("Ninin Shinbŕ") and Tamamo-no-Mae; Tamiz˘ plays the roles of the toneri Kishi˘ and the sarumawashi Yamadani no Sansaku [more details].

1823: Tamiz˘ goes back to Kamigata.

3rd lunar month of 1833: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of "Hana Fubuki Koi no Tekagami"; Tamiz˘ plays the role of Utanosuke [casting].

5th lunar month of 1841: Tamiz˘ goes back to Edo, playing 8 roles in the drama "Ura Omote Senbon Zakura", which is staged at the Nakamuraza.

7th lunar month of 1841: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the dance "Ame no Gor˘", which is performed by Tamiz˘ as part of a nine-role hengemono entitled "Yae Kokonoe Hana no Sugatae".

10th lunar month of 1843: Tamiz˘ goes back to Kamigata and plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of Hayano Kanpei and Teraoka Heiemon in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

5th lunar month of 1843: Tamiz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of T˘ma Sabur˘emon, K˘emon and Hayase Iori in the drama "Tengajaya-mura", produced by the zamoto Onoe Waichi; his stage partners are ďtani Tomoemon IV (Motoemon) and Nakamura Kashichi III (Hayase Genjir˘).

7th lunar month of 1843: Tamiz˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of K˘emon and Hayase Iori in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners are ďtani Tomoemon IV (T˘ma Sabur˘emon, Motoemon) and Onoe Umez˘ (Hayase Genjir˘).

8th lunar month of 1848: tour in Nagoya with his master; the two actors play respectively under the names of ďkawa Hashiz˘ I and ďkawa Hachiz˘.

4th lunar month of 1849: his master ďkawa Hashiz˘ I dies.

1850: he goes back to ďsaka and takes back the name of Onoe Tamiz˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1858: Tamiz˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of the king of thieves Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Keisei Setsugekka", commonly called "Ishikawa-zome"; his stage partner in the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi, sworn enemy of Ishikawa Goemon is Arashi Kichisabur˘ III.

10th lunar month of 1859: Tamiz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai (ďsaka) the roles of Tadanobu and the fox Genkur˘ in the michiyuki and the "Shi-no-Kiri" scene of the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", produced by the zamoto Nakamura Takemaru. His stage partners are Arashi Rikaku II (Shizuka Gozen) and Mimasu Baisha I (Yoshitsune, Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan).

2nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1865: his younger son Ichikawa Ichiz˘ III dies.

22 October 1878: his elder son Onoe Sh˘kaku I dies.

August 1879: Tamiz˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the Hisamatsuza [details].

November 1880: Tamiz˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai (Ky˘to) the role of Yokoz˘ in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; the role of Jihiz˘ is played by Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV.

November 1885: Tamiz˘ appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, performing in a dance celebrating the rebuilding of the theater.

2 March 1886: Tamiz˘ dies.


Onoe Tamiz˘ II was a great and popular kaneru yakusha, excelling in quick costums changes (hayagawari) and ghost plays. His three masters were 3 of the most important actors in Kabuki history and, thanks to his amazingly long-spanned career, he played an important role in the transmission of the art of Kabuki from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji era.

Onoe Tamiz˘ II in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Hasegawa Sadanobu in 1840

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1841

The Onoe Tamiz˘ line of actors

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