Stage names:

Nakamura Matagor˘ II In Japanese

Real name: Nakamura Yukio

Guild: Harimaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 21 July 1914 ~ 21 February 2009


Father: Nakamura Matagor˘ I

Disciples: Nakamura Mataz˘ II, Nakamura Matanosuke II, Nakamura Mataichi, Nakamura Shijaku II


19 March 1920: his father Nakamura Matagor˘ I dies.

January 1921: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Ichimuraza, receiving the name of Nakamura Matagor˘ II.

February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Matagor˘ plays the role of the bonze Tokuan [casting].

December 1946: Matagor˘ is a member of the Kabuki troupe which celebrates the reopening of the rebuilt Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ [more details].

February 1955: second edition at the Kabukiza from the 24th to the 27th of February of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. It includes the revival of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai" (entitled "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi") [casting] and Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" is staged for the first time with Kabuki actors [casting]; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Susuki and Usui Sadamitsu in "Tenshu Monogatari" and "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi".

March 1955: Hasegawa Shin's drama "Ori" was staged with a full Kabuki casting for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza; Matagor˘ played the role of the sakan Jirohachi [more details].

July 1955: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater of Uno Nobuo's drama "M˘moku Monogatari"; Matagor˘ played the role of Asai Nagamatsu [more details]. This drama was part of the first T˘h˘ Kabuki postwar performance. The T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater was taken over by the American occupation forces in 1945, becoming the Ernie Pyle Theater. It was forbiden to Japanese for 10 years and was finally given back to the T˘h˘ Company in 1955, which renamed it with its original name.

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Matagor˘ plays the role of Matsuyoi [more details].

March 1959: revival at the Meijiza of the dance-drama "Kumo no Ito Oyozume Banashi"; Matagor˘ plays the role of Sakata Kintoki [more details].

November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which is supervised by Mishima Yukio; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Awazu Shichir˘ and Sentar˘ [casting].

February 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Uno Nobuo's drama "Shiranui Kengy˘"; Matagor˘ plays the role of Fusagor˘ [casting].

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Matagor˘ plays the role of a female retainer, in reality a female demon [casting].

June ~ July 1960: Matagor˘ takes part in the first Kabuki tour in the USA; Matagor˘ plays the roles of Kamei Rokur˘, Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘, Tar˘kaja and Jiroku in the plays "Kanjinch˘", "Kanadehon Chűshingura", "Migawari Zazen" and "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame" [casting].

July 1963: revival at the Yomiuri Hall in T˘ky˘ of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Matagor˘ plays the role of ďdachi Kageyu [casting].

December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theatre with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Matagor˘ plays the role of Tonami [casting].

June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; Matagor˘ plays the role of the tedai Sagobŕ [casting].

April 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Nishizawa Ipp˘'s drama "Keisei Hama no Masago"; Matagor˘ plays the role of Maeda Toshiie [casting].

April 1986: Kabuki tour in South America [more details].

June 1992: Matagor˘ takes part in a Kabuki seminar in France.

January 1997: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; Matagor˘ plays the role of Jűz˘'s mother Matsuno [casting].

May 1997: Matagor˘ receives the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).

April 2006: Matagor˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, in the k˘j˘ commemorating the 5th anniversary (6th memorial service) of the death of Nakamura Utaemon VI.

21 February 2009: Matagor˘ dies in T˘ky˘.


Nakamura Matagor˘ II was a talented veteran of the Kabuki world and a leading teacher at the National Theatre Actors Training Center. He devoted himself to nurturing future Kabuki actors while lecturing on the traditional performing art overseas to boost its recognition.

Nakamura Kankur˘ V (left) and Nakamura Matagor˘ II (right) playing the roles of Shinza and Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Kamiyui Shinza" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)

The Nakamura Matagor˘ line of actors

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