NAKAMURA JZ II

Stage names:

Nakamura Jz II In Japanese | In Japanese
Ogurayama Sentar In Japanese

Guild: Hiranoya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Koy

Existence: 1740 ~ 12th day of the 6th lunar month of 1788 [1]

Connections:

Father: Ogurayama Hyakumatsu II

Adoptive father: Nakamura Kichiemon I

Disciples: Nakamura Iwaz, Nakamura Iwamatsu, Nakamura Jmatsu, Nakamura Hikosabur, Nakamura Daizabur, Ogurayama Senz

Career:

1740: born in Kyto. He was the son of the dkegata actor Ogurayama Hyakumatsu II.

1st lunar month of 1748: recorded for the first time in a hybanki; he performed as an iroko in Kyto and his stage name was Ogurayama Sentar.

12th day of the 11th lunar month of 1756 [2]: his father Ogurayama Hyakumatsu II died.

1st lunar month of 1758: first Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shinkki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Sentar played in the former theater the role of Miyoshi Shurinotay Masayasu.

11th lunar month of 1759: Nakamura Jz I and his disciple Ogurayama Sentar respectively took the names of Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Jz II at the Minamigawa no Shibai, performing together in the kaomise drama "Hnen no Miyako Mutsuki no Kotobuki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar I and also celebrated the shmei of Matsuya Shinjr and Yamanaka Heijr II.

1st lunar month of 1764: Jz played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Murakoshi Sanjr and Mri Terumoto in Namiki Shz I's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Hana no Shiroyama", which was produced by Arashi Matsunoj III.

17th day of the 6th lunar month of 1770 [3]: his adoptive father Nakamura Kichiemon I died.

Fall 1771: Jz went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1771: Jz played at the Moritaza the role of Fuwa Banzaemon [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Fukikaete Tsuki no Yoshiwara", which celebrated the arrival of the new zagashira Ichikawa Danjr V.

1st lunar month of 1772: Jz played in the same theater the role of Soga Gor Tokimune in the new year sogamono drama "Hatsu Akebono Niwatori Soga"; the roles of Soga Jr Sukenari and Kud Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Danjr V and Nakamura Tomijr I.

11th lunar month of 1773: Jz played at the Moritaza the roles of the shich Matagor (in reality Asahara Hachir) [illustration] and Akita Jnosuke [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Onna Aruji Hatsuyuki no Sekai".

1st lunar month of 1774: Jz played in the same theater the role of Kud Saemon Suketsune in Horikoshi Saiy's new year sogamono drama "Kite Hajime Hatsugai Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor Tokimune and Soga Jr Sukenari were played by Ichikawa Yaoz II and Band Mitsugor I.

Fall 1774: Jz went back to saka.

11th lunar month of 1774: Jz performed at the Naka no Shibai in the drama "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi".

1st lunar month of 1775: Jz was listed in the saka hybanki in the "kanjiku sanpukutsui" section (a trio of kanjiku tachiyaku actors), along with Arashi Kichisabur I and Nakayama Raisuke I. Their rank was one black stroke above j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

4th lunar month of 1775: premiere in saka at the Naka no Shibai of Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Hade Kurabe Ise Monogatari"; Jz played the role of Ariwara no Yukihira [more details].

Fall 1775: Jz went to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1775: Jz played in Kyto the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna in the kaomise drama "Kono Hana Sakae Hachinoki"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor I, Nakamura Jz II, Onoe Shinshichi I, Onoe Matsusuke I, Arashi Tjr, Arashi Shichigor II, Somematsu Shichisabur II (who celebrated his shmei), Arashi Koroku II (who celebrated his shmei), Fujikawa Sango, Asao Toyoz I, Matsuyama Kogenji (who celebrated his shmei), Sakata Raiz, Nakamura Shgor (who also celebrated his shmei), Asao Kunigor I and Arashi Shigenoi.

1st lunar month of 1776: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke above j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He was the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors.

11th lunar month of 1776: Jz performed in Kyto at Hoteiya Umenoj's theater in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Gura Manp no Irifune", which was produced by Ogurayama Toyosaki.

1st lunar month of 1777: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1778: Jz performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Ume no Nazorae Azuma Hyakkan", which was produced by Somematsu Shichisabur II.

11th lunar month of 1779: Jz performed in Kyto in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Kikkegawara", which was produced by Somematsu Shichisabur II.

1st lunar month of 1780: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, was one black stroke above j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He was the skanjiku. Namiki Goh's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri" was produced for the first time in Kyto; Jz played the roles of Hayakawa Takakage and Mashiba Hisayoshi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1780: Jz performed in Kyto in the kaomise drama "Hoshi Matsuri Fukki no Kurairi", which was produced by Nakayama Ihachi I.

1st lunar month of 1781: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, was two black strokes above j-j-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

Summer 1781: tour in Nagoya, Matsuzaka and Ise.

11th lunar month of 1781: Jz performed at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukki no Ishizue", which celebrated the shmei of Hanagiri Tomimatsu I and Yamamoto Giemon and welcomed back in Kyto the star Nakamura Tomijr I.

Summer 1782: Jz went to Edo.

8th lunar month of 1782: Jz performed at the Moritaza in the drama "Koko ga Otoko no Tatehiki Tokoro".

Fall 1782: Jz went to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1782: Jz played in Kyto the roles of Kat Saemon Shigeuji and Araki Saemon in the kaomise drama "Gosekky Suehiro Keizu", which celebrated the shmei of Nakamura Utaemon II.

1st ~ 4th lunar months of 1784: tour in Nagoya with Nakamura Tomijr I.

End of 1784: Jz went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1785: Jz played at the Kiriza the roles of Watanabe no Tsuna and Tawara Senju in the kaomise program "Otokoyama Furisode Genji", which celebrated the shmei of Band Mitsugor II.

11th lunar month of 1786: Jz performed at the Kiriza in the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Izu no Hataage", which celebrated the shmei of Nakamura Nakaz I.

Fall 1787: Jz went to to Kyto.

11th lunar month of 1787: Jz performed in Kyto at the Nishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Koko ni Kiwamaru Gojin no Sonae".

1st lunar month of 1788: Jz's rank in the Kyto hybanki, tachiyaku section, was j-j-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1788: premiere at the nishi no Shibai of the drama "Gishinden Yomikiri Kshaku"; Jz played the roles of boshi Yuranosuke and Nikki Tamon-no-Kami [more details]. It was supposed to be staged first in Kyto at the beginning of the month at the Nishi no Shibai but the theater was destroyed by fire the 29th day of the 1st lunar month. The troupe went to saka to perform at the nishi no Shibai and to celebrate the shmei of Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

3rd lunar month of 1788: Jz left the nishi no Shibai to perform at the Naka no Shibai.

5th lunar month of 1788: Jz appeared on stage for the last time, in saka at the Naka no Shibai, where he played the role of Masaki Otoemon in the drama "Takakiyabashi Kenka no Shbuzuke".

12th day of the 6th lunar month of 1788 [1]: Jz died in saka.

Comments:

Nakamura Jz II was a talented and popular tachiyaku actor, who spent most of his career during the second half of the 18th century in Kamigata and made some successful stays in Edo. His two fields of excellence were wajitsu and budgoto. He was said to be "personally charming and a brilliant actor" (according to "The Actor's Image").

[1] The 12th day of the 6th lunar month of the 8th year of the Tenmei era was the 15th of July 1788 in the western calendar.

[2] The 12th day of the 11th lunar month of the 6th year of the Hreki era was the 3rd of December 1756 in the western calendar.

[3] The 17th day of the 6th lunar month of the 7th year of the Meiwa era was the 9th of July 1770 in the western calendar.

Nakamura Jz II playing the role of Kajiwara Heiz Kagetoki in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Moritaza (print made by Katsukawa Shunsh)

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