NAKAMURA TOKIZď III

Stage names:

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III In Japanese
Nakamura Yonekichi II In Japanese

Real name: Ogawa Yonekichir˘

Guild: Harimaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: 6 June 1895 ~ 12 July 1959

Connections:

Grandfather: Nakamura Karoku I

Father: Nakamura Karoku III

Brothers: Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII

Sons: Nakamura Kash˘ II, Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV, Nakamura Shid˘ I, Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Nakamura Kazuo

Grandsons: Nakamura Tokiz˘ V, Nakamura Matagor˘ III, Nakamura Karoku V, Nakamura Shid˘ II, Nakamura Kinnosuke II

Great-grandsons: Nakamura Baishi IV, Nakamura Mantar˘, Nakamura Kash˘ IV, Nakamura Tanenosuke, Nakamura Yonekichi V, Nakamura Ryűnosuke, Nakamura Hayato

Career:

1895: born in ďsaka. He was the second son of the actor Nakamura Karoku III.

1901: he made his first appearance on stage at Kabukiza, where he received the name of Nakamura Yonekichi II.

June 1903: Yonekichi played at the Kabukiza the role of Tsuruchiyo in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka was played by Nakamura Shikan V.

January 1913: Yonekichi played at the Shintomiza the role of Matsushima in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

April 1916: Nakamura Yonekichi II took the name of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III at the Ichimuraza, playing for the first time the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

May 1917: Tokiz˘ played at the Suehiroza (Nagoya) the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VII.

17 May 1919: his father Nakamura Karoku III died.

March 1921: Tokiz˘ and his eldest brother Nakamura Kichiemon I left together the Ichimuraza.

June 1921: Tokiz˘ and his eldest brother Nakamura Kichiemon I joined the Sh˘chiku Company.

April 1924: the Tokiz˘ - Kichiemon duo performed for the first time, at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza, the roles of the courtesan Kojor˘ and the smuggler Kezori in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi".

July 1924: Tokiz˘ played at the H˘rakuza the role of Otatsu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

February 1926: Tokiz˘ played at the Hong˘za the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Fujiya Izaemon was played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

April 1926: Tokiz˘ played at the Hong˘za the role of Okaru in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; the role of Hayano Kanpei was played by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

May 1926: Tokiz˘ played at the Asakusa Sh˘chikuza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna was played by Sawamura Gennosuke IV.

March 1927: Tokiz˘ played at the Hong˘za the role of Okinoi in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka was played by Sawamura S˘jűr˘ VII.

October 1927: revival at the Hong˘za of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", produced under the title "Kiyomizudera Azuma Bunsh˘", which has not been staged since 3rd lunar month of 1817; Tokiz˘ played the role of Princess Sakura [casting].

April 1928: Tokiz˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru), Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

September 1928: Tokiz˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Okaji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami".

July 1930: Tokiz˘ played at the Shinjuku Kabukiza the role of Kasane in the dance-drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame"; the role of Yoemon was played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

April 1932: Tokiz˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru) and Onoe Taganoj˘ III (Tonami).

December 1934: the Tokiz˘ - Kichiemon duo performed for the first time, at the Minamiza, the roles of Chidori and Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

April 1936: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Tonami in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Nakamura Baigyoku III (Chiyo).

July 1937: the Tokiz˘ - Kichiemon duo performed for the fourth and last time, at the Kabukiza, the roles of the courtesan Kojor˘ and the smuggler Kezori in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi".

January 1939: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Matsu˘maru), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Genz˘) and Ichikawa Omez˘ IV (Tonami).

April 1939: Tokiz˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Chiyo in the "Terakoya" scene of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". Same casting as in January.

May 1943: Tokiz˘ played at the Minamiza the role Yashio in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka was played by Nakamura Baigyoku III.

January 1944: the Tokiz˘ - Ennosuke duo performed for the first time, at the Meijiza, the roles of Otoku and Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘".

November 1946: the Tokiz˘ - Ennosuke duo performed for the final time, at the Minamiza, the roles of Chidori and Shunkan in the drama "Heike Nyogo no Shima".

May 1947: revival at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ of the drama "Jayanagi"; Tokiz˘ played the role of Nishiki-no-Mae, in reality the spirit of the Snake Willow [more details].

January 1949: Tokiz˘ played at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna".

May 1949: Tokiz˘ played at the Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio was played by Sawamura Tanosuke V.

February 1950: Tokiz˘ played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Princess Takiyasha in the dance-drama "Masakado"; the role of Mitsukuni was played by Ichikawa Omez˘ IV.

May 1950: Tokiz˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio was played by Morita Kan'ya XIV.

April ~ May 1951: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna was played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

July 1951: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Jiisan Baasan"; Tokiz˘ played the role of Iori's wife Run [casting].

December 1951: Tokiz˘ played at the Minamiza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna was played by Morita Kan'ya XIV.

September 1952: Tokiz˘ played at the Shinjuku Kabukiza the role of Kasane in the drama "Iro Moy˘ Chotto Karimame"; the role of Yoemon was played by Ichikawa Jukai III.

December 1952: Tokiz˘ played at the Minamiza the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio was played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

January 1953: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare"; the role of Yas˘zaemon was played by Ichikawa Danz˘ VIII.

May 1953: Tokiz˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba"; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna was played by Morita Kan'ya XIV.

June 1953: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Yashio was played by Ichikawa Chűsha VIII.

July 1954: Tokiz˘ played at the Meijiza the role of Princess Takiyasha in the dance-drama "Masakado"; the role of Mitsukuni was played by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

5 September 1954: his brother Nakamura Kichiemon I died.

March 1955: Tokiz˘ played at the ďsaka Kabukiza the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare"; the role of Sankichi was played by Kataoka Takao.

February 1956: the Tokiz˘ - Ennosuke duo plays for the fourth and last time the roles of Otoku and Matahei in the drama "Keisei Hangonk˘", which is staged at the Kabukiza. Tokiz˘ also played the role of Yashio in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi"; the role of Masaoka was played by Nakamura Utaemon VI.

April 1956: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Miuranosuke in the drama "Kamakura Sandaiki"; his stage partners in the roles of Princess Toki and Sasaki Takatsuna were Nakamura Utaemon VI and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII.

February 1957: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Fujiya Izaemon in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of the courtesan Yűgiri was played by Nakamura Utaemon VI. Tokiz˘ also played for the last time the role of Shigenoi in the drama "Shigenoi Kowakare".

May 1957: Tokiz˘ plays for the seventh and last time the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba", which was staged at the ďsaka Kabukiza; the role of Sakata Kurando Yukitsuna was played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

November 1958: Tokiz˘ plays for the fifth and last time the role of Masaoka in the drama "Meiboku Sendai Hagi", which was staged at the Kabukiza; the role of Yashio was played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII.

February 1958: Tokiz˘ played at the Kabukiza the roles of En'ya Hangan, Okaru ("Gion Ichiriki Jaya") and Tonase (act VIII) in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

March 1958: Tokiz˘ took part in the final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].

April 1959: Tokiz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the roles of the okina and the kamiyui T˘shichi (in reality Obana Saizabur˘) in the dance-drama "Ninin Sanbas˘" and the drama "Okoma Saiza".

12 July 1959: Tokiz˘ died.

Comments:

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III was an important onnagata and nimaime actor of the twentieth century, excelling in wife roles. He performed female roles on countless occasions in duo with his brother Nakamura Kichiemon I in male roles. He was the head of a large family made up of five sons and five daughters.

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III's best roles : Yaegiri ("Komochi Yamanba"), Masaoka ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), Sagami ("Kumagai Jin'ya"), Otoku ("Domo Mata"), Urazato ("Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki"), Otoki ("Kiwametsuki Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ") and Shigenoi ("Koi Ny˘b˘ Somewake Tazuna").

Nakamura Tokiz˘ III playing the role of Tomoe Gozen in the drama "Onna Shibaraku" (painting made by Natori Shunsen in 1959)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Yonekichi line of actors

The Nakamura Tokiz˘ line of actors

 
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