NAKAMURA KAROKU III

Stage names:

Nakamura Karoku III In Japanese
Nakamura Tokiz˘ I In Japanese
Nakamura Baishi I In Japanese
Nakamura Yonekichi I In Japanese

Real name: Namino Tokiz˘

Nickname: ďharima (the grand Harima)

Guild: Harimaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Shid˘

Existence: 16th day of the 4th lunar month of 1849 ~ 17 May 1919

Connections:

Father : Nakamura Karoku I

Brothers : Nakamura Tsunejir˘, Nakamura Karoku II

Sons: Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII

Adopted son: Nakamura Tokiz˘ II

Grandsons: Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV, Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Nakamura Shid˘ I, Nakamura Kash˘ II, Nakamura Kazuo, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVIII

Great-grandsons: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Nakamura Kichiemon II, Nakamura Tokiz˘ V, Nakamura Matagor˘ III, Nakamura Karoku V, Nakamura Shid˘ II, Nakamura Kinnosuke II, Nakamura Kankur˘ VI, Nakamura Shichinosuke II

Great-great-grandsons: Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII, Nakamura Baishi IV, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Kash˘ IV, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi V, Nakamura Ryűnosuke, Nakamura Hayato, Nakamura Kantar˘ III, Nakamura Ch˘zabur˘ II

Career:

1849: born in ďsaka in the pleasures district of S˘emon-ch˘. He is the third son of the Kamigata star Nakamura Karoku I.

1856: he makes his first appearance on stage in ďsaka at the Kadoza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Yonekichi I.

7th lunar month of 1859: his father Nakamura Karoku I dies.

Spring 1868: Nakamura Yonekichi I takes the name of Nakamura Baishi I.

1st lunar month of 1869: Nakamura Baishi I becomes nadai and takes the name of Nakamura Tokiz˘ I at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Hamada Jinzabur˘ and the yakko Tokihei in the drama "Keisei Hana no Koi Shigarami".

1873: Tokiz˘ and his brother Nakamura Moshio II go together to T˘ky˘.

March 1873: Tokiz˘ plays at the Murayamaza the roles of Sanpei, Torii Hikoemon and Yagenji in the drama "Taiko no Oto Chiyű Sanryaku", which celebrates also the shűmei of his brother Nakamura Karoku II.

September 1878: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Takeshiba Kinsaku I's drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; Tokiz˘ plays the role of the Priest Sanz˘ [casting].

Summer 1880: tour in Sendai.

January 1881: Tokiz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Miuranosuke in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; the roles of Sasaki Takatsuna and Princess Toki were played by Kataoka Gad˘ III and Suketakaya Takasuke IV.

1882 ~ 1884: stay in ďsaka.

1884: Tokiz˘ goes back to T˘ky˘ and plays at the Ichimuraza.

May 1891: his brother Band˘ Shűka II dies.

April 1891 ~ Fall 1896: stay in Kamigata.

October 1896: Tokiz˘ goes back to T˘ky˘ and plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Princess Yaegaki in the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘".

April 1899: Tokiz˘ plays at the T˘ky˘za the roles of Saisaki Iga-no-Kami and the yakko Tsumahei in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari".

April 1901: tour in Matsuyama with Nakamura Shibajaku IV.

1901 ~ 1903: stay in Kamigata.

January 1904: Tokiz˘ goes back to T˘ky˘ and plays at the Meijiza.

Fall 1904: Tokiz˘ goes back to Kamigata, playing in ďsaka and K˘be.

Summer 1905: Tokiz˘ goes back to T˘ky˘ and plays at the Meijiza the role of Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

1905 ~ 1908: Tokiz˘ mainly plays in sall theaters like the Engiza, Kokkaza or Miyatoza, where his popularity keeps on rising.

April 1908: Nakamura Tokiz˘ I and Nakamura Kash˘ I take the respective names of Nakamura Karoku III and Nakamura Tokiz˘ II at the Meijiza; the new Karoku plays the roles of Sodehagi and Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara".

18 September 1909: his adopted son Nakamura Tokiz˘ II dies.

October 1913: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Z˘hiki", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Karoku plays the role of Funakata Hy˘e [more details].

August 1917: the play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is produced at the Kabukiza for the first time; Karoku plays the role of Tsuribune Sabu [casting].

17 May 1919: Karoku dies.

Comments:

Nakamura Karoku III was a popular kaneru yakusha, excelling in jidaimono. His three sons became stage giants of the Sh˘wa era.

Nakamura Karoku III playing the role of Yojir˘'s mother in the drama "Horikawa" (print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1950)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Yonekichi line of actors

The Nakamura Baishi line of actors

The Nakamura Tokiz˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Karoku line of actors

 
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