Stage names:

Nakamura Jiroza I
Otowa Jiroza I

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: ??? ~ 1748


Masters: Nakamura Yazaemon, Otowa Jirosabur˘ I (???)

Brother: Nakamura Senjűr˘

Disciple: Nakamura Jiroza II


Before 1735: he does his training in Kamigata in koshibai venues or in travelling Kabuki troupes, performing under the name of Otowa Jiroza I. There might be a master-disciple relationship with the actor Otowa Jirosabur˘ I, but so far there is no element to prove it.

1735: Jiroza works as a zamoto in Nagoya.

1738: he becomes a disciple of Nakamura Yazaemon.

11th lunar month of 1738: he becomes katakiyaku and takes the name of Nakamura Jiroza I at the Kado no Shibai, playing in the kaomise drama "Sanpukutsui Kogane no Ichigura", which is produced by Nakamura Jűz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1741: Jiroza plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Nagasaki Kageyu Saemon in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomes in ďsaka the Edo actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. It includes the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and is produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1742: premiere at the ďnishi no Shibai of the play "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Jiroza plays the role of Hayagumo no ďji [casting]. Jiroza's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1743: Jiroza plays at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tanshű Teteuchi Guri" (this title was used for the first time in the 5th lunar month of 1729 at the Naka no Shibai).

1st lunar month of 1744: Jiroza's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

12th lunar month of 1745: the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" is performed for the first time in ďsaka, simultaneously in the three major theaters of the city, which starts a competition for the best performance; Jiroza plays the role of Mikawaya Giheiji at the Naka no Shibai [casting].

Spring 1748: Jiroza goes on tour with Kataoka Nizaemon IV in Iga and Ise. He dies the same year.


Nakamura Jiroza I was a katakiyaku actor, who spent all his career in Kamigata during the first half of the 18th century. He spent less than 10 years in ˘shibai but became quickly popular because of his manly bearing and his ranking was a little bit below j˘-j˘-kichi when he died.

Nakamura Jiroza I at the ďnishi no Shibai in the 7th lunar month of 1742

The Nakamura Jiroza line of actors

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