Nakamura Kanjaku I
  The actor Nakamura Utaemon IV's haimy˘ was Kanjaku and, although he never officially held the name of Nakamura Kanjaku I, he was considered as the founder of the line.

Nakamura Kanjaku I (front) and Ichimura Kakitsu III (back) in a print made at the end of 1849

Nakamura Kanjaku II
Nakamura Kanjaku II  In Japanese | Band˘ Kitsuz˘  In Japanese | Ichimura Kitsuz˘  In Japanese

Born in Edo in 1834. He was the nephew of Ichimura Uzaemon XII and the son of Zenbŕ, the owner of the shibai jaya Kikuya, located within the Ichimuraza. He started his carrer at the Ichimuraza in the 1st lunar month of 1845, receiving the name of Ichimura Kitsuz˘ and playing in the drama "Soga Fűryű Karei no Harukoma". Later on, he settled in Kamigata and took the name of Band˘ Kitsuz˘. He was spotted by the star Nakamura Utaemon IV, who adopted him just before his death in the 2nd lunar month of 1852. In order to commemorate the memory of his late adoptive father, Band˘ Kitsuz˘ took the name of Nakamura Kanjaku II in ďsaka in the 1st lunar month of 1853 at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Soga Jűr˘ and Hako˘maru in the drama "Kagekiyo Soga Nigiwai Fujin". He spent all his time in Ky˘to or ďsaka and appeared on stage for the last time in the 11th lunar month of 1860, playing at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Ofuna and Usami Sajűr˘ in the dramas "Yaguchi no Watashi" and "Igagoe Norikake Gappa". He died the 7th day of the 1st lunar month of 1861 [1] in ďsaka.

Nakamura Kanjaku II, an actor nicknamed Kikuzen Kanjaku, was a good actor, who was able to play tachiyaku, katakiyaku or onnagata roles. He died before reaching the peak of his career.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kikuzen, Shish˘ Narikomaya

Nakamura Kanjaku II playing the role of a shiraby˘shi in the dance-drama "Tamuke no Hana Ninin D˘j˘ji", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1853 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

Nakamura Kanjaku III

The actor Nakamura Kanjaku III held this name from the 8th lunar month of 1863 to February 1881.

Nakamura Kanjaku III playing the role of Ashikaga Sakingo Yorikane in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1866 at the Kita-Horie Ichi-no-Gawa Shibai (print made by Hasegawa Munehiro)

Nakamura Kanjaku IV

The actor Nakamura ganjir˘ II held the name of Nakamura Kanjaku IV from October 1941 to December 1946.

Nakamura Kanjaku IV playing the role of Tsuchiya Chikara in the eponymous drama "Tsuchiya Chikara"

Nakamura Kanjaku V

The actor Nakamura Ganjir˘ IV held the name of Nakamura Kanjaku V from January 1995 to December 2014.

Nakamura Kanjaku V playing the role of Kaketsuka Kanbŕ in the drama "Kameyama no Adauchi" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2009) all rights reserved)



[1] The 7th day of the 1st lunar month of the 2nd year of the Man'en era was the 16th of February 1861 in the western calendar.

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