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

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".

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

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].

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).

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 Ishikawazome", 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 hakushi-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost 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.

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

The Nakayama Raisuke line of actors

The Nakayama Bunshichi line of actors

 
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