NAKAMURA DAIKICHI I

Stage names:

Nakamura Daikichi I In Japanese
Fujikawa Daikichi 0.2 In Japanese

Other name:

Naruo Yatar˘ In Japanese

Guilds: Naruoya, Tenn˘jiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Haj˘

Existence: 1773 ~ 22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1823 [1]

Connection:

Masters: Nakamura Noshio II, Fujikawa Tomokichi I

Career:

1773 ~ 1799: born in Ky˘to. He started his career as a disciple of Fujikawa Tomokichi I, who gave him the name of Fujikawa Daikichi. He did his training in hama shibai venues, like the Takeda no Shibai or the Kadomaru no Shibai.

1800: he became disciple of Nakamura Noshio II and took the name of Nakamura Daikichi I.

20th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1800 [2]: his second master Nakamura Noshio II died in ďsaka.

12th lunar month of 1800: Daikichi went to Edo.

1st lunar month of 1801: Daikichi achieved 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 sogamono drama "Ataridoshi Hatsutora Soga".

Fall 1803: Daikichi and Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III went together to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1803: Daikichi performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "S˘zoku Ishibashiyama", which celebrated the shűmei of Asao Tamejűr˘ II. He also performed in duo with Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III in the shosagoto "Saiwai Narukana Iro no Yumitori".

12th lunar month of 1803: Daikichi played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1804: Daikichi's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He played 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 played the roles of Okaru and Tonase in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which was staged at the Miyawaka no Shibai.

12th lunar month of 1806: Daikichi performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďsakazuki Asahi no H˘rai", which was produced by Yoshizawa Minosuke and starred Ichikawa Danz˘ IV, Nakamura Utaemon III, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Yoshizawa Iroha I, Nakamura Noshio III and Ogino Izabur˘ II.

16th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808 [3]: his first master Fujikawa Tomokichi I died in ďsaka.

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai of the drama "Kuni Namari Futaba no Oizuru"; Daikichi played the role of Jűrobŕ's wife Oyumi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1809: Daikichi performed at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Keishoku Yuki-miru Yama", which was produced by Mimasu Kumesabur˘ and starred 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 played the roles of Kuranosuke's wife, Seki-no-To and Kureha [casting].

Fall 1814: Daikichi went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1814: Daikichi performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Ninin Muko Mikurai Sadame", which celebrated the shűmei of Onoe Baik˘ III, Onoe Matsusuke III, Segawa Tomisabur˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke II and Nakamura Denkur˘ V.

11th lunar month of 1815: Daikichi performed at the Kawarasakiza in the kaomise drama "Yamato Meisho Senbon Zakura", which celebrated the shűmei of Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

1st lunar month of 1816: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Nazoraete Fujigane Soga"; Daikichi played the role of Kud˘ Suketsune's okugata Nagi-no-Ha [casting].

5th lunar month of 1816: Daikichi played in the same theater the role of Sadaka in the drama "Z˘ho Imoseyama".

8th lunar month of 1816: Daikichi played 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 was Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

1st lunar month of 1817: Daikichi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was (shiro)˘-j˘-j˘-kichi (almost grand - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. He was the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.

8th lunar month of 1820: Daikichi played at the Tamagawaza the roles of Matsu˘maru, Kakuju, Kan Sh˘j˘ and Hanazono Gozen in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

7th lunar month of 1821: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Kumoi no Hareginu", which mixed the sekai of Gion no Ny˘go, the Two Shinbŕ ("Ninin Shinbŕ") and Tamamo-no-Mae; Daikichi played 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 played 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 mixed the "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" worlds; Daikichi played the roles of Medo no Kata, Kawagoe Shigeyori's wife Nishikigi and Onami [casting].

9th lunar month of 1822: Daikichi made his final appearance (isse ichidai), in Edo at the Kawarasakiza, where he played the roles 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 were Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Seki Sanjűr˘ II. Then, Daikichi retired from the Kabuki world.

1st lunar month of 1823: Daikichi's rank in the Edo hy˘banki was shin-j˘-j˘-kichi (truly - superior - superior - excellent) [Visual]. Due to a shortage of actors, Daikichi had to join up the Kabuki world again, playing at the Moritaza the role of Sakaya Tarobŕ in the new year sogamono drama "Hatsuyume Soga Takara no Irifune". This was his last stage appearance.

22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1823 [1]: Daikichi died in Edo.

Comments:

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.

[1] The 22nd day of the 3rd lunar month of the 6th year of the Bunsei era was the 2nd of May 1823 in the western calendar.

[2] The 20th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 12th year of the Kansei era was the 13th of April 1800 in the western calendar.

[3] The 16th day of the 6th lunar month of the 5th year of the Bunka era was the 9th of July 1808 in the western calendar.

Nakamura Daikichi I playing the role of the katana-kaji Taroshichi's wife Otatsu (in reality the female fox Kojor˘) in the kaomise drama "Ninin Muko Mikurai Sadame", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1814 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Daikichi line of actors

 
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