|NAKAJIMA MIHOEMON II|
Nakajima Mihoemon II
Nickname: Yushima no Tenk˘
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Tenk˘
Existence: 1724 ~ 17th day of the 12th lunar month of 1782
Father: Nakajima Mihoemon I
Brother: Nakajima Kamenosuke
Disciple: Nakajima Mihoemon III
1724: born in Edo. His first stage name is Nakajima Mihoz˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1746: he becomes katakiyaku and performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Tenchi Taiheiki", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of the Kamigata actor Arashi Koroku I and also the shűmei of Hanai Saizabur˘ III, Sanj˘ Kantar˘ III and Matsushima Yaoz˘.
23rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1762: his father Nakajima Mihoemon I dies.
1767: he temporarily performs under the name of Nakajima Kanz˘ I.
Summer 1777: the book "Yakusha Sensakuron" ("About actors prying") is published in Edo. It gives some private information on actors. Edo readers learn that Mihoemon's annual salary is 600 ry˘.
6th lunar month of 1782: Mihoemon appears on stage for the last time, playing at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Tanzen Sato no Kagura"; he falls ill and has to retire.
17th day of the 12th lunar month of 1782: Mihoemon dies in Edo.
Nakajima Mihoemon II was a popular 18th century Edo actor, who was specialized in jitsuaku roles and was very close to the j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) rank at the end of his career. His most famous role was the evil Fujiwara no Shihei in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He loved putting some humour in his acting.
Nakajima Mihoemon II in a print made by Ippitsusai Bunch˘ in 1770
The Nakajima Mihoz˘ line of actors
The Nakajima Mihoemon line of actors
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