|NAKAMURA NAKAZď III|
Nickname: Waniguchi (the crocodile mouth)
Guilds: Maizuruya, Narijakuya, Sakaeya
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry names: Jakushi, Shűjaku, Shűkaku, Maizuru
Existence: 1809 ~ 24 December 1886
Father-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII
Master: Nakamura Utaemon IV
1809: born in Edo in the district of Asakusa. His father, Murata Ichihei, who was originally a low-ranking samurai in the province of T˘yama, is bant˘ in an inn. His mother, Otone, is a dance master of the Shigayama School.
1814: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Denkur˘ V.
11th day of the 10th lunar month of 1851: his father-in-law Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII dies.
15th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1852: his master Nakamura Utaemon IV dies in ďsaka; Tsuruz˘ decides to go back to Edo.
3rd lunar month of 1853: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa"); Tsuruz˘ plays the role of K˘mori Yasu [casting]. This performance is a huge success.
8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Tsuruz˘ plays the roles of the boatman Jinbei, Maboroshi no Ch˘kichi and Yamana S˘zen [casting].
10th lunar month of 1865: Nakaz˘ celebrates his shűmei at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Iwakura Saemon and Kuniyuki in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami". His stage partners are Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI, Ichikawa Danz˘ VI and Ichimura Kakitsu IV.
5th lunar month of 1866: tour in the province of Niigata.
3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari" (commonly called "Keian Taiheiki" or "Marubashi Chűya"); Nakaz˘ plays the roles of Uno Rokubŕ, Chiba Takuzaemon and the yumishi S˘shir˘ [more details].
May 1875: revival at the Kawarasakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari", which was entitled "Hanamidoki Yui no Makuhari"; Nakaz˘ plays the role of the yumishi T˘shir˘ [more details].
31 December 1876: a fire breaks out in Edo in Asakusa, which destroys the Nakamuraza.
October 1878: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Nakaz˘ plays the roles of Naniwaya S˘emon and ďmu no Ryűz˘ (later the priest Ryűzen) [casting].
June 1886: Nakaz˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza. Then, he difinitively retires.
Nakamura Nakaz˘ III was an outstanding supporting actor, excelling in katakiyaku and fukeyaku roles. He was also an excellent dancer. He transmitted his amazing knowledge of Kabuki to the rising stars Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX. His most notable role was K˘mori Yasu in Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi".
Nakamura Nakaz˘ III playing the role of Naosuke Gonbŕ in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1872 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika - the actor in the medallion is Nakamura Shikan IV in the role of Tamiya Iemon)
The Nakamura Tsuruz˘ line of actors
The Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors
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