|TSURUYA NANBOKU II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Existence: 1701 ~ 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of 1763
Father: Tsuruya Nanboku I
Son: Tsuruya Nanboku III
1701: born in Edo.
11th lunar month of 1719: Nanboku Magotar˘ I and his son Genz˘ respectively take the names of Tsuruya Nanboku I and Nanboku Magotar˘ II at the Ichimuraza, playing together in the kaomise drama "Tategami Teika Kazura".
9th day of the 9th lunar month of 1736: his father Tsuruya Nanboku I dies.
11th lunar month of 1736: Nanboku Magotar˘ II takes the name of Tsuruya Nanboku II at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of T˘kur˘ Morinaga in the kaomise drama "Izu Genji H˘rai Yakata", which celebrates the arrival in Edo from Ky˘to of the actor Tomizawa Montar˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1737: Nanboku plays at the Ichimuraza the role of the priest Mongaku in the kaomise drama "Genji Kumo ďgi no Shiba", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichimura Uzaemon VIII; the others stage partners are Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I, Kamakura Ch˘kur˘ II, Tomizawa Montar˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and Tamazawa Saijir˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1753: Nanboku plays at the Moritaza the roles of Mura Gunzaemon and Muraoka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Masakado Koky˘ no Nishiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke I and Ichikawa S˘zabur˘ II.
23rd day of the 12th lunar month of 1763: Nanboku dies in Edo.
Tsuruya Nanboku II was an Edo actor, who was, just like his father Tsuruya Nanboku I, specialized in comical roles and made all his career in Edo from the midle of the 1710s to the end of the 1750s. Regarding his performances on stage, he was one of the most irregular actors in Kabuki history, reaching the j˘-j˘-kichi in 1738, losing this rank the following year, gaining it back in the 1st lunar month of 1748 and falling to j˘-j˘ in the 1st lunar month of 1754.
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