|NAKAMURA KAZUMA II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Master: Nakamura Kazuma I (?)
Son: Nakamura Kazuma III
1680: first record in the book "Yakusha Hakkei".
11th lunar month of 1682: Kazuma performed in ďsaka for the zamoto Yamatoya Jinbŕ II as a wakashugata. Kazuma's wakashugata stage partners were Onoe Gentar˘, Ikeda Fujinoj˘, Sugimura Rinzabur˘, Iwai Hikotar˘, Hanaoka J˘nosuke, Takimoto Monnoj˘ and Yamamoto Sagenta.
11th lunar month of 1683: Kazuma performed in ďsaka for the zamoto Yamatoya Jinbŕ II as a wakashugata. Kazuma's wakashugata stage partners were Onoe Gentar˘, Takenaka Hanzabur˘, Uemura Sennosuke, Arakawa Sakon, Irie Hananoj˘ and Yamashita Itsuki.
1686: Kazuma went to Ky˘to.
11th lunar month of 1686: Kazuma performed in Ky˘to for the zamoto Iwamoto Gonzabur˘ as a wakashugata. Kazuma's stage partners were Sakata T˘jűr˘ I, Okada Samanosuke, Uemura Kichiya II, Shiga Kichibŕ and Hattori Jiroza.
1st lunar month of 1687: Kazuma's rank in "Yar˘ Tachiyaku Butai ďkagami" was j˘ (superior) [visual]. He shared this ranking with Araki Yojibŕ I, Yamashita Hanzaemon I, Takeshima K˘zaemon I, Suzuki Heizaemon I, Uemura Kichiya II, Takenaka Kichisabur˘ I, Fujita Koheiji I and Karamatsu Kasen.
1st lunar month of 1688: Kazuma's rank in an extension of the 1687 hy˘banki, wakashugata section, was naka (literally "middle"). Others actors who shared the same rank as Kazuma in the wakashugata section were Nakagawa Samon and Takigawa Naiki.
1688: Kazuma went back to Edo, became onnagata at the Nakamuraza and was considered as one of the shitenn˘ in this theater, literally "the big four (actors)" (this expression comes from the four Deva kings in Buddhism). He surprised everybody by taking the decision to retire in order to devote all his time to his cosmetic business.
Nakamura Kazuma II was a talented wakashugata and an outstanding dancer. He retired at the peak of his fame in Edo and spent the rest of life managing his cosmetic shop, which was so successful that it existed in Edo for several generations.
Nakamura Kazuma II as depicted in an illustration from the book "Yakusha Hakkei" (1680)
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