NAKAYAMA BUNSHICHI II

Stage names:

Nakayama Bunshichi II
Nakayama Raisuke II
Nakayama Ihachi I
Arashi Ihachi
Sawamura Ihachi

Other name: Bintsukeya Bunshichi

Guilds: Bintsukeya, Tama˘giya, Sansenya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: Yoshio, Sharyű

Existence: 1755 ~ 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1798 [1]

Connection:

Uncle: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I

Masters: Arashi Hinasuke I, Sawamura Takichi

Adoptive father: Nakayama Bunshichi I's brother Nakayama Shinkur˘ II

Disciples: Nakayama Yoshio I, Nakayama Raisuke IV, Nakayama Ihachi II

Career:

Before 1777: born in Kamigata. He starts his career in hama shibai, as a disciple of the actor Sawamura Takichi, who gives him the name of Sawamura Ihachi.

Fall 1777: he becomes disciple of Arashi Hinasuke I.

11th lunar month of 1777: Sawamura Ihachi takes the name of Arashi Ihachi in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, playing for the first time in ˘shibai in the kaomise drama "Yunzei Nanshi no Sakigake" which is produced by Mimasu Jirokichi.

1st lunar month of 1778: premiere of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Keisei Hakata Ori", which is produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Mimasu Jir˘kichi; Ihachi plays the role of S˘shichi [casting | picture and details].

3rd lunar month of 1778: he is adopted by Nakayama Raisuke I and takes the name of Nakayama Ihachi I.

11th lunar month of 1779: Ihachi becomes zamoto and produces in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Miyako Han'ei Nanshi no Hiraki Hajime".

11th lunar month of 1780: Ihachi produces in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Hoshi Matsuri Fukki no Kurairi".

1st lunar month of 1782: the play "Tengajaya-mura" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Ihachi plays the role of Hayase Iori [casting].

9th lunar month of 1782: Nakayama Raisuke I and Nakayama Ihachi I respectively take the names of Nakayama Shinkur˘ II and Nakayama Raisuke II at the Kado no Shibai. They perform together in the drama "Monogusa Tar˘", which also celebrates the isse ichidai performance of Nakayama Bunshichi I.

11th lunar month of 1782: Raisuke produces in Ky˘to the kaomise drama "Gosekky˘ Suehiro Keizu", which celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.

19th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1783: his adoptive father Nakayama Shinkur˘ II dies.

11th lunar month of 1784: Raisuke plays in Ky˘to at the Nishi no Shibai the role of Kazusa Sakonnosuke in Tatsuoka Mansaku's kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana ďshimadai", which is produced by Nakayama Ihachi II.

3rd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sewa Ry˘ri Yaoya Kondate"; Raisuke plays the role of Hanbei [more details].

7th lunar month of 1789: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Namiki Gohei I and Chikamatsu Tokus˘ drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari"; Raisuke plays the roles of the wakadono Nagatonosuke and the Unsenji osh˘ [more details].

9th lunar month of 1791: premiere of Nagawa Shimesuke I's chűshinguramono "Iroha Gana Shijűshichi Moji" in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai; Raisuke plays the roles of Tashiro Yasubŕ and the taiko mochi Ryűsuke [more details].

11th lunar month of 1793: Nakayama Raisuke II takes the name of Nakayama Bunshichi II at the Naka no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Kogane Masu Yonetar˘ Gitsune", which is produced by Nakayama Bunshichi I's son Nakayama Yosabur˘ II and celebrates the arrival in ďsaka of the Edo star Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III.

12th lunar month of 1793: Bunshichi plays in the same theater the role of Koshino Kanzaemon in the drama "Keisei Yamato Z˘shi".

4th ~ 6th lunar months of 1794: Bunshichi plays in the same theater the roles of Ume˘maru and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; the roles of Matsu˘maru and Sakuramaru are played by Onoe Shinshichi I and Arashi Sangor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1795: Bunshichi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1796: Suga Sensuke's puppet theater drama "Keisei Koi no Hikyaku" is adapted for Kabuki for the first time and staged at the Kado no Shibai; Bunshichi plays the role of Kameya Chűbŕ [casting].

4th lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Hade Kurabe Ishikawa-zome", written by Chikamatsu Tokuz˘, Tatsuoka Mansaku and Namiki Sh˘z˘ II; Bunshichi plays the roles of Kobuna no Gengor˘ and Mashiba Hisatsugu [more details].

7th lunar month of 1796: premiere in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai of the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba"; Bunshichi plays the role of Fukuoka Mitsugi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1797: Bunshichi appears on stage for the last time, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Rokusuke and Hisayoshi in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi"; his stage partner in the role of Osono in the "Keya-mura" scene is Yoshizawa Iroha I.

1st lunar month of 1798: Bunshichi's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (shiro)itaru-j˘-j˘-kichi ((white) unique - superior - superior - excellent).

19th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1798: Bunshichi dies in ďsaka.

Comments:

Nakayama Bunshichi II was popular 18th century tachiyaku actor, who made all his career in Kamigata. He excelled in yatsushigoto. He was said to act like Ogawa Kichitar˘ I but everybody agreed that he was the worthy heir of Nakayama Bunshichi I for he was able to perform his atariyaku roles. As a side business, he managed a successful hair pomade shop in ďsaka.

[1] The 19th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 10th year of the Kansei era was the 4th of April 1798 in the western calendar.

Nakayama Bunshichi II (the fighter in the middle of the picture) playing the role of Raiden Genpachi in the drama "Natsu Moy˘ Sh˘bu Katabira", which was staged in the 6th lunar month of 1795 in Ky˘to at the Higashi no Shibai
The actor with the lantern (top/right) is Onoe Shinshichi I

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakayama Ihachi line of actors

The Nakayama Raisuke line of actors

The Nakayama Bunshichi line of actors

 
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