|NAKAMURA TOMIJ█Rď V|
Dancer name: Azuma Tokutaka
Real name: Watanabe Hajime
Guilds: Tenn˘jiya , Kikuya , Otowaya 
Line number: GODAIME (V)
Blazon: Yattsu Yaguruma
Existence: 4 June 1929 ~ 3 January 2011
Great-grandfather: Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I
Grandfathers: Band˘ Hikojűr˘ II, Ichimura Uzaemon XV
Father: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV
Mother: Azuma Tokuho I
Half-brother: Nakamura Kikaku I
Daughter: Azuma Tokuho II (Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV's wife)
Son: Nakamura Takanosuke
Grandson: Nakamura Kazutar˘
Disciples: Nakamura Kikaku II, Arashi Kitsusabur˘ VI
August 1943: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Nakaza Theater (ďsaka), receiving the name of Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV and playing in the dance "Kagami Jishi".
1950: he becomes the 5th iemoto of the Azuma-ryű School of Buy˘, receiving the title from his mother Azuma Tokuho I, who was the 4th iemoto.
July 1951: premiere at the ďsaka Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Tsurunosuke plays the role of Iori's son Kyűya [casting].
July 1952: Tsurunosuke plays for the first time the main role of the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji", which is a creation of the great actor Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I.
Spetembre 1956: Tsurunosuke and ďtani Tomoemon VII play together for the first time in the dance "Ninin Wankyű", which is performed at the Meijiza Theater.
1957: tour in the USA.
January 1964: revival at the Nissay Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's spectacular drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Tsurunosuke plays the role of Kitashirakawa no Anchin (in reality Minamoto no Raik˘) [casting].
May 1964: Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV takes the name of Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI at the Kabukiza by playing in the plays "Kanadehon Chűshingura" (ninth act), "Yoritomo no Shi" and "Ninin Wankyű".
April 1968: he resigns from his position of iemoto of the Azuma-ryű School of Buy˘. His mother Azuma Tokuho I replaces him as iemoto.
September 1972: Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI takes the prestigious name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Higuchi in the play "Hirakana Seisuiki" (the "Sakaro" act) and the snake-spirit dancer Hanako in the dance "Ky˘ganoko Musume D˘j˘ji".
April 1976: the National Theatre produces the revival in 5 acts and 9 scenes of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Segawa Uneme [casting].
August 1980: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa"; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Iwai-buro Jisuke [casting].
January 1984: historic revival at the National Theatre of the play "Sankai Nagoya" in which Tomijűr˘ plays the role of ďgimachi Dazainoj˘ [casting].
January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Iwanaga Saemon, later Shű S˘ [casting].
January 1986: revival at the National Theatre of the rarely-staged drama "Uwanari", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of K˘ga no Tar˘ Kanetsura [more details].
1986: tour in the USA.
1987: tour in the USSR.
October 1988: Tomijűr˘ takes part in a Kabuki tour in Egypt; he plays the roles of Shunkan and Tar˘kaja in the drama "Shunkan" and the dance "B˘ Shibari".
March 1989: Tomijűr˘ plays for the first time the role of D˘gen in the drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi", which is performed at the National Theatre.
March 1991: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sode Nikki Banshű Meguri"; Tomijűr˘ plays the roles of Innami Naizen, Kosakabe Mondo and Heisaku (in reality the fox Yokur˘) [more details].
1994: Tomijűr˘ receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
1995: Tomijűr˘ plays the role of the Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V in the movie "Sharaku". This film narrates the life of the famous print-maker T˘shűzai Sharaku, who produced all his works between 1794 and 2nd lunar month of 1795 and disappeared mysteriously, leaving behind him some of the most famous actor prints.
1996: tour in Italy.
1997: tour in France.
December 2000: the National Theatre produces the revival of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", which has not been staged for 77 years; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of Demura Shinbŕ.
January 2002: the National Theatre produces the revival of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864; Tomijűr˘ plays the role of the thief Nippon Daemon [casting].
May 2009: Tomijűr˘ does his sanju kinen performance (for his coming 80th birthday); It is celebrated at the Kabukiza, not within a regular Kabuki program, but as a short dance program of the association Yaguruma no Kai (yaguruma is the mon of Tomijűr˘). The star plays the role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the spectacular dance-drama "Kanjinch˘". He also performs with his son Nakamura Takanosuke in the dance "Renjishi".
November 2010: Tomijűr˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, where he plays the role of Hatakeyama Shigetada in the drama "Sakaro"; Tomijűr˘, due to poor health, has to be replaced by Band˘ Hikosabur˘.
3 January 2011: Tomijűr˘ dies in T˘ky˘, victim of a rectal cancer [his floral tribute in Asakusa].
Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V was an amazing actor endowed with one of the most powerful voices in Kabuki. Although he was also the first tachiyaku in a line of onnagata actors, he was able to perform a wide range of roles, from the evil maseur D˘gen in "Kagatobi" to the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Musume D˘j˘ji".
 His yag˘ when he was named Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V.
 His yag˘ when he was named Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI.
 His yag˘ when he was named Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV.
Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V playing the role of D˘gen in the drama "Kagatobi" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)
Print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1990
The Band˘ Tsurunosuke line of actors
The Ichimura Takenoj˘ line of actors
The Nakamura Tomijűr˘ line of actors
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