|NAKAMURA KANJAKU III|
Nakamura Kanjaku III
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry name: Shish˘
Existence: 1841 ~ 3 February 1881
Adoptive father: Nakamura Utaemon IV
Son: Nakamura Ganjir˘ I
Grandsons: Nakamura Ganjir˘ II, Hayashi Mataichir˘ II
1841 ~ 1852: born in ďsaka. His father is a policeman. He joins a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai) at the age of 11, playing under the name of Arashi Kakuz˘ I.
1st lunar month of 1852: Kakuz˘ is adopted by Nakamura Utaemon IV.
2nd lunar month of 1852: his adoptive father Nakamura Utaemon IV dies.
3rd lunar month of 1860: birth of his son. Kakuz˘'s lover Otae is the daughter and heir of the ďgiya house, one of the most famous and prestigious brothels in ďsaka. It is impossible for the couple to get married and Kakuz˘ has to leave Otae and his son.
1st lunar month of 1861: the actor Nakamura Kanjaku II dies.
9th lunar month of 1868: Kanjaku plays at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Hachiman Tar˘ in the "Sodehagi Saimon" scene of the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara"; his stage partners are Nakamura S˘jűr˘ (Sodehagi), Arashi Hinasuke VI (Abe no Sadat˘) and Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Abe no Munet˘). The same play is staged with the same casting in the 11th lunar month of 1868 at the Minamigawa no Shibai.
Winter 1870: Kanjaku settles in T˘ky˘.
January 1875: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "ďgi By˘shi ďoka Seidan" (commonly called "Ten'ichib˘"); Kanjaku played the roles of the Kann˘in servant Kyűsuke, Tokugawa Tsunaeda and Ikeda Daisuke [casting].
June 1875: Kanjaku plays at the Shintomiza in the drama "Meiji Nenkan Azuma Nikki".
Summer 1875 Kanjaku goes back to ďsaka.
March 1876: Kanjaku plays at the Matsushima Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Onoenosuke in the drama "Keisei Jidai Kagami".
1877: reunion with his son Ganjir˘.
April 1879: tour in Shikoku.
1880: Kanjaku goes back to ďsaka.
October 1880: Kanjaku achieves a great success at the Ebisuza playing 4 roles in the drama "Sensui no Tsuki Utsushi no Omokage".
January 1881: Kanjaku appears on stage for the last time, in Kobe at the Kikusuiza, where he plays the role of ďoka Echizen in the drama "Ten'ichib˘ ďoka Seidan". He suddenly falls ill and dies in February.
Nakamura Kanjaku III was a talented Kamigata actor, who was able to play tachiyaku or onnagata roles and was equally at home in sewamono and jidaimono dramas. Wagotoshi or toshima roles were his forte.
Nakamura Kanjaku III playing the role of Chienai in the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki" (print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1880)
The Nakamura Kanjaku line of actors
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