Stage names:

Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II
Nakamura Akashi Kanzabur˘
Nakamura Akashi I
Nakamura Kanjir˘

Other name: Tsuruya Kanzabur˘

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 1647 ~ 26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1674 [1]


Father: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I

Brothers: Nakamura Kankur˘ I, Nakamura Kanzabur˘ III

Son: Nakamura Akashi II

Son-in-law: Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I

Grandsons: Nakamura Seizabur˘ II, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘

Great-great-grandson: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ IX

Disciples: Saruwaka Sanzaemon I, Hanai Saizabur˘ I, Nakamura Seigor˘ I


1647: born in Edo. His first name is Nakamura Kanjir˘ (Nakamura Kansuke according to the "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten").

18th day of the 1st lunar month of 1657: a fire breaks out in the Honmy˘ji temple in the district of Hong˘ and devastates Edo. All the Kabuki theaters are destroyed by the flames, including the Nakamuraza. His father Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I takes it as an opportunity to travel with his son to his native city of Ky˘to.

5th lunar month of 1657: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I and his son are invited to perform before the Imperial Court. As a reward, the young boy is allowed to take the name of Nakamura Akashi I.

9th lunar month of 1657: Akashi and his father go back to Edo.

9th day of the 6th lunar month of 1658: his father Nakamura Kanzabur˘ I dies.

8th lunar month of 1658: Nakamura Akashi I takes the name of Nakamura Akashi Kanzabur˘ and become the new zamoto of the Nakamuraza.

14th day of the 1st lunar month of 1660: a fire breaks out in the district of Yushima, burning down the Nakamuraza.

28th day of the 10th lunar month of 1661: the Nakamuraza is burnt down in a big fire.

1662: Nakamura Akashi Kanzabur˘ takes the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II.

8th lunar month of 1673: Kanzabur˘ is invited to perform with his troupe at the mansion of the daimy˘ Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami.

26th day of the 8th lunar month of 1674 [1]: Kanzabur˘ dies.


Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II was the second zamoto of the Nakamuraza. He managed (sometimes under the name of Tsuruya Kanzabur˘) his theater for 17 years wihtout going bankrupt and he was affected only by 2 fires. As an actor, he was mainly a wakashugata and a talented dancer. He unfortunately died in his prime.

[1] The 26th day of the 8th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Enp˘ era was the 25th of September 1674 in the western calendar.

The mon of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ II (the ginkgo tree)

Prints & Illustrations

The Nakamura Kanzabur˘ line of actors and theater managers

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