Stage names:

Nakamura Nakaz˘ II
ďtani Oniji III
ďtani Haruji II
ďtani Eisuke

Nickname: Maruya Jicch˘

Guilds: Masatsuya, Maruya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry names: T˘shű, Jicch˘

Existence: 1759 ~ 7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1796 [1]


Master: ďtani Hiroji III

Adopted son: ďtani Oniji IV


1st lunar month of 1770: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Ichimuraza, where he receives the name of ďtani Eisuke.

11th lunar month of 1778: ďtani Eisuke takes the name of ďtani Haruji II and becomes wakashugata.

11th lunar month of 1787: ďtani Haruji II takes the name of ďtani Oniji III at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "Yukimizuki Eiga Hana no Hachinoki".

9th lunar month of 1790: the play "Yoshitsune Koshigoej˘" is staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; it celebrates the onagori ky˘gen of the Kamigata star Asao Tamejűr˘ I; Oniji plays the role of Nishikido no Tar˘ [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1793: Oniji's rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

8th lunar month of 1793: premiere at the Kawarasakiza of the Nagauta-based dance-drama "Tsuki no Kao Monaka no Natorigusa" (commonly called "Oniji Hy˘shimai" in the Kabuki repertoire); Oniji plays the role of Osada Tar˘ [casting].

10th lunar month of 1794: due to some financial difficulties, the salaries of all the actors are drastically reduced. Oniji's yearly salary for the coming season is set to 250 ry˘ after a reduction of 80.

11th lunar month of 1794: ďtani Oniji III takes the name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II at the Miyakoza, playing in Namiki Gohei I's kaomise drama "Uru˘ Tosshi Meika no Homare", which welcomes in Edo the actors Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Nakamura Noshio II and the ďsaka playwright Namiki Gohei I.

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" is staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Nakaz˘ plays the roles of Mokusokan and the yakko Tomohei in the latter theater [casting].

11th lunar month of 1796: Nakaz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Miyakoza, playing in the kaomise drama "Seiwa Nidai ďyose Genji". He suddenly falls ill and stops acting.

7th day of the 11th lunar month of 1796 [1]: Nakaz˘ dies in Edo [2].


Nakamura Nakaz˘ II was a talented and promising jitsuaku actor of the second half of the eighteenth century. Although he had no conection with Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and was from the ďtani clan, he had the privilege to take the prestigious name of Nakamura Nakaz˘ II. He unfortunately died too young before reaching the peak of his career. T˘shűsai Sharaku made his most famous print with him.

[1] The 7th day of the 11th lunar month of the 8th year of the Kansei era was the 5th of December 1796 in the western calendar.

[2] Nakamura Nakaz˘ II's tombstone was located in the precincts of the K˘tokuji in the district of Asakusa.

Nakamura Nakaz˘ II playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1852

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Katsukawa Shun'ei in 1795

The ďtani Haruji line of actors

The ďtani Oniji line of actors

The Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors

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