|NAKAMURA DAIKICHI I|
Nakamura Daikichi I
Other name: Naruoya Yatar˘
Guilds: Naruoya, Tenn˘jiya
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Hach˘ (?)
Existence: 1773 ~ 22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1823
1773 ~ 1799: born in Ky˘to. He starts his career as a disciple of Fujikawa Tomokichi I, who gives him the name of Fujikawa Daikichi. He does his training in hama shibai venues, like the Takeda no Shibai or the Kadomaru no Shibai.
1800: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Noshio II and takes the name of Nakamura Daikichi I.
20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1800: his master dies.
12th lunar month of 1800: Daikichi goes to Edo.
1st lunar month of 1801: Daikichi achieves a great success at the Kawarasakiza by playing the roles of Nagi-no-Ha Gozen and the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘ in the new year drama "Ataridoshi Hatsutora Soga".
Fall 1803: Daikichi and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III go together to ďsaka.
11th lunar month of 1803: Daikichi plays at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "S˘zoku Ishibashiyama", which celebrates the shűmei of Asao Tamejűr˘ II. He also performs in duo with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III in the shosagoto "Saiwai Narukana Iro no Yumitori".
1st lunar month of 1804: Daikichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".
6th lunar month of 1804: tour in Nagoya with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Onoe Shinshichi II and Mimasu Daigor˘ III; Daikichi plays the roles of Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which is staged at the Miyawaka no Shibai.
12th lunar month of 1806: Daikichi plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďsakazuki Asahi no H˘rai", which is produced by Yoshizawa Minosuke and stars Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Nakamura Utaemon III, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Nakamura Noshio III and Ogino Izabur˘ II.
11th lunar month of 1809: Daikichi plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Keishoku Yuki-miru Yama", which is produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘ and stars Nakayama Hyakka, Yoshizawa Ayame V, Arashi Kichisabur˘ II, Asao Kuzaemon I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ III, Kan˘ Minshi I and Asao Okuyama III.
1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Kado no Shibai of Chikamatsu Tokuz˘ and Namiki Miyosuke ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Sato no Funauta"; Daikichi plays the roles of Kuranosuke's wife, Seki-no-To and Kureha [casting].
Fall 1814: Daikichi goes to Edo.
11th lunar month of 1814: Daikichi plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ninin Muko Mikurai Sadame", which celebrates the shűmei of Onoe Baik˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke III, Segawa Tomisabur˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke II and Nakamura Denkur˘ V.
1st lunar month of 1816: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Nazoraete Fujigane Soga"; Daikichi plays the role of Kud˘ Suketsune's okugata Nagi-no-Ha [casting].
5th lunar month of 1816: Daikichi plays in the same theater the role of Sadaka in the drama "Z˘ho Imoseyama".
8th lunar month of 1816: Daikichi plays in the same theater the role of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki"; his stage partner in the role of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi is Iwai Hanshir˘ V.
1st lunar month of 1817: Daikichi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, is (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent). He is the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.
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; Daikichi plays the roles of Taikenmon'in, the Miuraya yűjo Kazusano and Nasu Hachir˘'s ny˘b˘ Mome [more details].
9th lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kiku no En Tsuki no Shiranami"; Daikichi plays the roles of En'ya Hangan's k˘shitsu Kaoyo Gozen and the Momonoi okujochű Kakogawa [more details].
11th lunar month of 1821 (end of the month): premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Imoseyama Hitome Senbon", which mixes the "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" worlds; Daikichi plays the roles of Medo no Kata, Kawagoe Shigeyori's wife Nishikigi and Onami [casting].
9th lunar month of 1822: Daikichi makes at the Kawarasakiza his final appearance (isse ichidai peformance), playing the role of Masaoka, the monkey show-woman Otoku and Shirotae in "Gozonji Azuma no Kyara", "Onna Datera Saru no Hitomane" and "H˘j˘ Jiraiki"; his stage partners are Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Seki Sanjűr˘ II. Then, Daikichi retires from the Kabuki world.
1st lunar month of 1823: Daikichi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki is shin-j˘-j˘-kichi (truly - superior - superior - excellent). Due to a shortage of actors, Daikichi has to join up the Kabuki world again, playing at the Moritaza the role of Sakaya Tarobŕ in the new year drama "Hatsuyume Soga Takara no Irifune". This is his last stage appearance as he dies in Edo the 22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1823.
Nakamura Daikichi I was a talented and popular actor, who was trained in Kamigata and achieved fame for himself in Edo from the middle of the 1810s to the beginning of the 1820s. He was a wakaonnagata actor, who did not hesitate at the end of his career to perform sometimes as a tachiyaku. He was excellent in sewa ny˘b˘ or onna bud˘ roles. He was also a gifted dancer, mastering the hayagawari technique.
The Nakamura Daikichi line of actors
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