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Nakamura Danz˘
 

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Onoe Shinshichi I (left) and Nakamura Danz˘ (right) playing the roles of Sata no Shiratayű and Mifune Tsunaemon in the kaomise drama "ďsaka Zaiku Araki no Mokuz˘", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Minamigawa no Shibai

Nakamura Gan'emon  
Nakamura Gan'emon  In Japanese
 

Born the 20th of November 1892 in T˘ky˘ in the district of Azumabashi [9]. Lefr out of Waseda University, he started his stage career in Tsubouchi Sh˘y˘'s theater project. He joined non-Kabuki troupes like the Mumeikai or the Geijutsuza. After WWII, he settled in ďsaka and worked with Band˘ Jusabur˘ III on non-Kabuki projects. He started to perform in Kabuki in 1948 and became in 1954 a disciple of Nakamura Ganjir˘ II, who gave him the name of Nakamura Gan'emon. He was recorded performing undet this name for the first time in May 1954, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza, where he played the roles of a kobun, a shitenn˘ and Matsuemon in "Tekka Bugy˘", "Moritsuna Jin'ya" and "Sonezaki Shinjű". He appeared on stage for the last time in April 1965, in ďsaka at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza, where he played the roles of the ry˘shi Tairoku and the taiko mochi Ichisuke in "Na ha Nagatoshi" and "Gion Ichiriki Jaya". This Narikomaya tachiyaku supporting actor died the 1Oth of July 1966.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Narikomaya Motoyasu Yutaka
Nakamura Iwaz˘  
Nakamura Iwaz˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Iwagor˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Iwaz˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Nakamura Jűz˘ II, he received the name of Nakamura Iwaz˘ and started his career in kodomo shibai in Kamigata. He performed for the first time in ˘shibai in the 11th month of 1768, in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai, where he performed with his master in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Misao Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Noshio I, Nakamura Tsutaemon and Arashi Kasen. He took the name of Nakamura Iwagor˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1770 in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's and Kameya Kumenoj˘'s theater, performing in the kaomise drama "Sakigake Yashima no Kachidoki". He settled in ďsaka in Fall 1771. He took back the name of Nakamura Iwaz˘ [5] and performed in the 11th lunar month of 1771 at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Ganjitsu Eiga no Toshikoshi", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I. He played in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Kado no Shibai the roles of the ry˘shi Fukashichi and the t˘zoku Kinjűr˘ in the kaomise drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzei no H˘rai", which was produced by Ogawa Kichitar˘ I. His ranking in the 1773 ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. He was recorded for the last time in ˘shibai in the 10th lunar month of 1773, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, where he played the roles of Shund˘ Sukedayű, Jűrobŕ and Dotehei in the drama "Oriawase Tsuzure no Nishiki". No record in ˘shibai afterwards. He was the master of Nakamura Nakaz˘ I and his haimy˘ was Kogan.

Nakamura Iwaz˘ playing the role of the ry˘shi Fukashichi in the kaomise drama "Hi-no-Moto Banzei no H˘rai", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1772 at the Kado no Shibai

Nakamura Kanjűr˘
Nakamura Kanjűr˘  In Japanese | Yamatogawa Kanjűr˘  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He was the son of the Ky˘to d˘kegata actor Sendai Yagoshichi. During his youth, he met and received the patronage of the Edo star Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I when he was in Ky˘to in 1699. He stayed in Edo for a while and, afterwards, performed in tabi shibai. He took the name of Yamatogawa Kanjűr˘ and started his career in ˘shibai in Ky˘to in the 1st lunar month of 1721, performing as a tachiyaku in the ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Mirume no Seki". He took the name of Nakamura Kanjűr˘ in the 11th lunar month of 1721 in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater, performing in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Denju no Tomikura", which was produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ I. He went to ďsaka in Fall 1725 and played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ikoma Hachiroemon in the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which was produced by Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II. His ranking in the 1726 ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior). He played at the Naka no Shibai in the 2nd lunar month of 1726 the role of Nagaoka Rokurozaemon in the drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘". No record afterwards.

Yamamoto Hikogor˘ (left) and Nakamura Kanjűr˘ (right) playing the roles of Igaya Kuemon and Oya Hikozaemon in the drama "K˘ri no Haraobi Inochi no Kaname", which was staged in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai in the 12th lunar month of 1725

Nakamura Karumo  
Nakamura Karumo  In Japanese | Takenaka Karumo  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. His first stage name was Takenaka Karumo. He was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1710 in Edo at the Ichimuraza, when he performed as a wakaonnagata in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Takii Hanshir˘ and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Kirinami Takie. He took the name of Nakamura Karumo in the 11th lunar month of 1711 at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki". He went to Ky˘to and appeared on stage for the last time in the 2nd lunar month of 1714, when he played in Ky˘to the role of Otsuta in the kaomise drama "Tar˘zuki Wak˘ no ďnuki", which was produced at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater by Nakamura Shingor˘ I. No record afterwards.

The name of Nakamura Karumo in the 1712 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Nakamura Keijo
Nakamura Keijo  In Japanese | Nakamura Daikichi IV  In Japanese | Onoe Taminoj˘  In Japanese | Kan˘ Fukusuke  In Japanese
 

Born in Kamigata in 1836. Disciple of Kan˘ Hinasabur˘, he started his career at the end of the Kaei era, performing under the name of Kan˘ Fukusuke. He became a disciple of Onoe Tamiz˘ II in 1859 and received the name of Onoe Taminoj˘. He became a disciple of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ II in 1866 and took the name of Nakamura Daikichi IV. Then, he took the name of Nakamura Keijo in the 7th lunar month of 1869 in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai, playing the roles of Ohaya and Okon in the dramas "Dekiaki Koi no Yamazaki" and "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" (Jitsukawa Enjaku I played the role of Mitsugi in the latter drama). He died the 15th of August 1875. He was a popular onnagata actor, excelling in ny˘b˘ roles.

Nojima Jusabur˘ in the book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" wrote that Nakamura Keijo held the name of Nakamura Sennosuke between the second half of the 1840s and 1869. In "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran", Nakamura Keijo's stage names were all listed without any Nakamura Sennosuke. We've decided to stay in line with the book "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

Yag˘ Haimy˘
Yawataya Keishi, Haj˘, Naruo

Nakamura Keijo playing the role of Onoe in the drama "Kagamiyama", which was staged in May 1875 at the Chikugo no Shibai (print made by Nakai Yoshitaki)

Nakamura Komajaku
Nakamura Komajaku  In Japanese | Nakamura Shigeijaku  In Japanese
 

Born in ďsaka the 28th of November 1908. Son of the actor Yamaguchi Sh˘jir˘ (who used the stage name Nakamura Gihei), he started his career in June 1914 at the Kadoza, where he played the role of Yasomatsu in the drama "Keya-mura", sharing the stage with Nakamura Shibajaku IV (Osono), Jitsukawa Enjir˘ I (Rokusuke) and Arashi Gansh˘ (Ky˘goku no Takumi). He became a disciple of Nakamura Shibajaku IV and received the name of Nakamura Shigeijaku in November 1916. After the passing away of his master the 15th of November 1927, he became a disciple of Nakamura Kaisha. He took the name of Nakamura Komajaku in July 1943 and became nadai in January 1945. His second master died the 13th of March 1945. After WWII, he joined Ichikawa Jukai III. He performed in Kansai most of his career as a supporting onnagata actor. He appeared on stage for the last time in December 1984, in Ky˘to at the Minamiza, where he played the role of the taiko mochi Sanpachi in the drama "Yoshidaya". He died the 25th of January 1986.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Shinkomaya Yamaguchi Shigenori
Nakamura Komashichi  
Nakamura Komashichi  In Japanese | Nakamura Umeshichi  In Japanese | Ichikawa Ichimatsu III  In Japanese | Ichikawa Kitsuzaemon  In Japanese
 

Born the 7th of March 1905 in T˘ky˘ in the district of Kanda. He started his career as a disciple of Ichikawa Dansh˘ II, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Kitsuzaemon. He made his debut on stage as a koyaku in May 1910 at the T˘ky˘za, performing in the drama "Ataka no Seki". He became a disciple of Ichikawa Ichijűr˘ IV and received the name of Ichikawa Ichimatsu III in March 1918. Then, he became a disciple of Nakamura Kan'emon III and changed his stage name to Nakamura Umeshichi in June 1927. He became a member of the Zenshinza in 1931 but he left the troupe in 1936 to join the one led by Ichikawa Kodayű II and the actress Nakayama Emiko. He was drafted during WWII and went back to the Kabuki world after WWII, becoming a disciple of Nakamura Shikan VI, who gave him the name of Nakamura Komashichi in October 1946. He appeared on stage for the last time in October 1980, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of a retainer of Sasaki Moritsuna in "Moritsuna Jin'ya". He died the 4th of May 1982.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Narikomaya Fujii T˘gor˘
Nakamura Ky˘emon
Nakamura Ky˘emon  In Japanese | ďtani Rikiz˘ II  In Japanese | ďtani Hiroz˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 31st of May 1924 in T˘ky˘. He started his career in January 1942 in Hokkaid˘ at the Kotoni K˘kaid˘. He became a disciple of ďtani Tomoemon VI, who gave him the name of ďtani Hiroz˘ in May 1942. His master passed away the 1st of September 1943. After WWII, his new master was ďtani Tomoemon VII. He became nadai and took the name of ďtani Rikiz˘ II in July 1958 at the Shinjuku Sh˘chikuza, performing in "Dakki no Ohyaku" and "Yotsuya Kaidan". He finally took the name of Nakamura Ky˘emon in September 1964 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Ishihara Shingo in the drama "Kinkakuji" which was staged in a special program celebrating the shűmei of his master Nakamura Jakuemon IV and his two sons, ďtani Tomoemon VIII and Nakamura Shibajaku VII. He appeared on stage for the last time in June 1985, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed in the drama "Wakaki Hi no Nobunaga". He retired from the Kabuki stages afterwards, due to health issues. He died the 28th of November 1999. He was an important supporting actor for the Ky˘ya guild. He and Nakamura Ky˘ka were the two favorite k˘ken of Nakamura Jakuemon IV.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Ky˘ya, Akashiya It˘ Tomosabur˘
Nakamura Ky˘ka
Nakamura Ky˘ka  In Japanese | ďtani Akiyo  In Japanese | ďtani Hiroya  In Japanese
 

Born the 28th of February 1929. He started his career in 1948 as a disciple of ďtani Tomoemon VII, who gave him the name of ďtani Hiroya. He became nadai and took the name of ďtani Akiyo in April 1955 at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of the nakai Omaki and Akiyo in the dramas "Saig˘ to Buta-hime" and "Oyako D˘r˘". He finally took the name of Nakamura Ky˘ka in September 1964 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of a kanjo in the drama "Mikasayama Goten" which was staged in a special program celebrating the shűmei of his master Nakamura Jakuemon IV and his two sons, ďtani Tomoemon VIII and Nakamura Shibajaku VII. He played in June 1997 at the Kabukiza the role of the koshimoto Kozakura in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari". Then, he appeared on stage for the last time in September 1997, in T˘ky˘ at the Sunshine Theater, where he performed in the Kabuki version of William Shakespeare's drama "Hamlet" (entitled "Hamuretto Yamato Nishikie"). He died the 15th of November 1997. He was an important supporting onnagata actor for the Ky˘ya guild, expert in nakai, koshimoto, shinz˘ or kanjo roles. He and Nakamura Ky˘emon were the two favorite k˘ken of Nakamura Jakuemon IV.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Ky˘ya, Akashiya Tomizuka Tanjir˘
Nakamura Manjir˘
Nakamura Manjir˘  In Japanese | Shinomiya Manjir˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Shinomiya Genpachi, he received the stage name of Shinomiya Manjir˘ and he started to perform as a wakashugata at the Yamamuraza from 1702. He took the name of Nakamura Manjir˘ in the 1st lunar month of 1711, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he performed in the new year drama "Senrei Suehiro Soga". He played in the 1st lunar month of 1713 the role of Chidorinosuke at the Ichimuraza in the new year drama "Taihei Onna Imagawa". His rank in the 1713 Edo hy˘banki, wakashugata section, was (superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Nakamura ďmachi  
Nakamura ďmachi  In Japanese | Nakamura Fudenosuke  In Japanese | Sanogawa Fudenosuke  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Sanogawa Mangiku, his first stage name was Sanogawa Fudenosuke. He was recorded for the first time in the 1744 ďsaka hy˘banki. He joined Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I during the second half of the 1750s and received the name of Nakamura Fudenosuke.

Nakamura ďsai  
Nakamura ďsai  In Japanese | Nakamura Gannoj˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Kannoj˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Senji  In Japanese
 

Born the 10th of July 1922 in ďsaka. Raised in the district of Nipponbashi, his mother was related to the rakugo story-teller Tachibanaya Enshi, he could have become a story-teller but he preferred to join the theater world. He started his career in Shinpa as a member of the troupe led by Umenoi Hideo. He became a disciple of Nakamura Senjaku I in 1941 and received in June the name of Nakamura Senji. He became Nakamura Kannoj˘ when his master took the name of Nakamura Kanjaku IV in October 1941 at the Kadoza. He became Nakamura Gannoj˘ when his master took the name of Nakamura Ganjir˘ II in January 1947 at the ďsaka Kabukiza. He was promoted to the second league of actors (junkanbu sh˘shin) in 1963. He joined the first league of Kabuki actors (kanbu sh˘shin) and celebrated it in November 1990, when he took the name of Nakamura ďsai in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, playing the role of the r˘jo Asukai in the dance-drama "Kagami Jishi" [7]. He appeared on stage for the last time in January 1995, in ďsaka at the Nakaza, where he played the role of the gejo Otama in the drama "Sonezaki Shinjű" [8]. He died the 29th of May 1995. He was an important Kamigata fukeoyama actor, at the service of the Narikomaya guild for more than 54 years!

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Narikomaya Okamoto Kyűichi [6]
Nakamura Ryűnosuke
Nakamura Ryűnosuke  In Japanese
 

Born the 22nd of April 1995. Son of Nakamura Karoku V, grandson of Nakamura Kash˘ II, great-grandson of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, great-great-grandson of Nakamura Karoku III and great-great-great-grandson of Nakamura Karoku I, he made his debut on stage (hatsubutai) in July 2000 at the Kabukiza, where he received the name of Nakamura Ryűnosuke and played the role of the wakadono Shunsh˘gimi in the drama "Uwajima S˘d˘". He played at the Kabukiza in March 2006 and at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ in May 2006. No record afterwards. He stopped acting.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yorozuya Ogawa Tomoya
Nakamura Shirobŕ
Nakamura Shirobŕ  In Japanese | Nakamura Kashichi II  In Japanese | Kagaya Kashichi II  In Japanese | Nakamura Nakasuke I  In Japanese | Nakamura Hashinosuke  In Japanese | Fujikawa Otokichi  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. He was a relative of Nakamura Utaemon III. He started his career as a disciple of the actor Fujikawa Tomokichi I, who gave him the name of Fujikawa Otokichi. He was trained in kodomo shibai in miyaji shibai in Kamigata. He became a disciple of Nakamura Utaemon III and received the name of Nakamura Hashinosuke. He went to Edo at the beginning of 1808 and took the name of Nakamura Nakasuke I in the 3rd lunar month of 1808 at the Nakamuraza. He went back to Kamigata in 1811, where he took the names of Kagaya Kashichi II in the 9th lunar month of 1811. Then he took the name of Nakamura Kashichi II in the 8th lunar month of 1812. He finally took the name of Nakamura Shirobŕ in the 8th lunar month of 1839, in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai, during a program commemorating the 1st anniversary (2nd memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Tamasuke. He retired at the end of 1839 to open a restaurant in ďsaka, which was named "Maku no Uchi". He died the 21st of 12th lunar month of 1840. He was the adoptive father of Nakamura T˘z˘ IV.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Hikaku Sh˘kakuya
Nakamura Tokich˘
Nakamura Tokich˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Ch˘jir˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Ch˘maru  In Japanese
 

Born the 26th of March 1929 in T˘ky˘. He started his career as a disciple of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III in 1937, receiving the name of Nakamura Ch˘maru in October 1937 and making his debut on stage at the Kabukiza in the drama "Nij˘-j˘ no Kiyomasa". He took the name of Nakamura Ch˘jir˘ in 1943. He became nadai and took the name of Nakamura Tokich˘ in April 1953 at the Kabukiza [2], where he performed in "Benkei J˘shi" and "Michiyuki Tabiji no Yomeiri". He changed his yag˘ from Harimaya to Yorozuya in October 1971. He appeared on stage for the last time in July 2015 [4], in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, where he performed as a k˘ken in "Tokaiya"/"Daimotsu no Ura". He died the 14th of October 2016. This onnagata actor was an important supporting actor for the Yorozuya guild, who served 3 generations of masters: Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV and Nakamura Tokiz˘ V. Tokich˘'s best roles were the sobaya ny˘b˘ in "Naozamurai" and Otsuta in "Meigetsu Hachiman Matsuri".

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yorozuya, Harimaya Iijima Toshio
Nakamura Tokie
Nakamura Tokie  In Japanese
 

Born the 25th of January 1921. He started his career in November 1946 as a disciple of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, who gave him the name of Nakamura Tokie. He changed his yag˘ from Harimaya to Yorozuya in October 1971. He appeared on stage for the last time in May 2001 [4], in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, where he performed the role of a pilgrim woman in "Genji Monogatari". He died the 25th of June 2001. This onnagata actor was a faithful supporting actor for the Yorozuya guild, who served 3 generations of masters: Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, Nakamura Tokiz˘ IV and Nakamura Tokiz˘ V. He was also a talented painter, creating many beautiful backstage or on-stage Kabuki-related drawings or paintings.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yorozuya, Harimaya Takahashi Sachio
Nakamura Tokiju
Nakamura Tokiju  In Japanese | Nakamura Tokiyo  In Japanese
 

Born the 1st of May 1910. He started his career in 1934 as a disciple of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III, who gave him the name of Nakamura Tokiyo. He became nadai and took the name of Nakamura Tokiju in April 1953 at the Kabukiza [3], where he played the role of the koshimoto Fuyuno in the drama "Benkei J˘shi". He died the 31st of May 1970.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Harimaya Hosoda Unkichi
Nakamura Tokisabur˘
Nakamura Tokisabur˘  In Japanese | Yamazaki Kash˘  In Japanese | Seki Matsuz˘  In Japanese
 

Born the 16th of September 1906. He started his career in August 1923 as a disciple of Seki Sanjűr˘ V, who gave him the name of Seki Matsuz˘. He joined Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ II in 1939 and received the name of Yamazaki Kash˘. He finally became a disciple of Nakamura Tokiz˘ III and received the name of Nakamura Tokisabur˘ in July 1954. He changed his yag˘ from Harimaya to Yorozuya in October 1971. He appeared on stage for the last time in July 1986 [4], in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, where he performed in the drama "Date no Jűyaku". He died the 3rd of March 1988.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Yorozuya, Harimaya, Yamazakiya, Owariya Terauchi Ken'ichir˘
Nakamura Tomiko
Nakamura Tomiko  In Japanese | Nakamura Shijaku  In Japanese | Yamashita Kamenoj˘ VI  In Japanese | Nakamura Nakaichi  In Japanese
 

Unknown day of birth (in Kamigata). Disciple of Nakamura Nakasuke II, his first stage name was Nakamura Nakaichi. He spent his youth performing in kodomo shibai and miyaji shibai around ďsaka. He took the name of Yamashita Kamenoj˘ VI at the end of the Kaei era. He took the name of Nakamura Shijaku in the 9th lunar month of 1858 in ďsaka at the Gory˘ no Shibai. He performed several times at the end of the 1860s and the beginning of the 1870s in ˘shibai venues like the Chikugo no Shibai or the Naka no Shibai. He took the name of Nakamura Tomiko in 1873 and most likely died in 1874. He was a good wakaonnagata actor with a great k˘seki and a nice stage presence.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Shijaku, Shijo Yawataya, Izutsuya

 

Notes

[1] There were two zamoto at the Naka no Shibai, Mimasu Daigor˘ I and Nakamura Utaemon I, and there were two kaomise dramas produced in this theater. Nakamura Utaemon I produced the first drama and Mimasu Daigor˘ I produced the second drama. The two dramas had a different casting but used the same title "ďzatsuki Shuen no Kachidoki".

[2] These 1953 Kabuki programs celebrated also the shűmei of Nakamura Shibajaku VI, Nakamura Kash˘ II and Nakamura Tokiju.

[3] These 1953 Kabuki programs celebrated also the shűmei of Nakamura Shibajaku VI, Nakamura Kash˘ II and Nakamura Tokich˘.

[4] According to the Kabuki on the Web Performances Database.

[5] Most likely because Band˘ Iwagor˘ was active in ďsaka at the same time.

[6] Okamoto Kyűichi or Okamoto Hisakazu? Two possible readings.

[7] This dance-drama was staged within a program celebrating the shűmei of Nakamura Ganjir˘ III.

[8] This drama was staged within a program celebrating the shűmei of both Nakamura Kanjaku V and Nakamura Senjaku III.

[9] Born in Hiroshima Prefecture according to the 1936 "Haiyű ďkagami" ('Great Mirror of Actors').

 
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