|NAKAMURA NAKAZď III|
Nickname: Waniguchi (the crocodile mouth)
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Poetry names: Jakushi, Shűjaku, Shűkaku, Maizuru
Existence: 1809 ~ 24 December 1886
Father-in-law: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XII
Master: Nakamura Utaemon IV
1809: born in Edo in the district of Nihonbashi Sumiyoshi-ch˘. His father, Murata Ichihei, who was originally a low-ranking samurai in the province of T˘yama, was bant˘ in an inn in Asakusa. His mother was a dance master of the Shigayama School.
1814: he became disciple of Nakamura Denkur˘ V.
3rd lunar month of 1853: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (commonly called "Kirare Yosa"); Tsuruz˘ played the role of K˘mori Yasu [casting]. This performance was a huge success.
8th lunar month of 1861: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sakura S˘shi Gonichi no Bundan", a revised version of Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Higashiyama Sakura S˘shi"; Tsuruz˘ played the roles of the boatman Jinbŕ, Maboroshi no Ch˘kichi and Yamana S˘zen [casting].
10th lunar month of 1865: Nakaz˘ celebrated his shűmei at the Ichimuraza, playing the roles of Iwakura Saemon and Kuniyuki in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami"; his stage partners were Band˘ Hikosabur˘ V, Band˘ Mitsugor˘ VI, Ichikawa Danz˘ VI and Ichimura Kakitsu IV.
5th lunar month of 1866: tour in the province of Niigata.
3rd lunar month of 1870: premiere at the Moritaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari" (commonly called "Keian Taiheiki" or "Marubashi Chűya"); Nakaz˘ played the roles of Uno Rokubŕ, Chiba Takuzaemon and the yumishi S˘shir˘ [more details].
1875: Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIII retired and entrusted the management of the Nakamuraza to Nakaz˘, who never formally took the name of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XIV but who was considered as the 14th zamoto of the Nakamuraza, a theater with more than 250 years of history.
May 1875: revival at the Kawarasakiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kusunoki-ryű Hanami no Makuhari", which was entitled "Hanamidoki Yui no Makuhari"; Nakaz˘ played the role of the yumishi T˘shir˘ [more details].
October 1878: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Nakaz˘ played the roles of Naniwaya S˘emon and ďmu no Ryűz˘ (later the priest Ryűzen) [casting].
June 1886: Nakaz˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Nakamuraza. Then, he definitively retired.
24 December 1886: Nakaz˘ died.
Nakamura Nakaz˘ III was an outstanding supporting actor, excelling in katakiyaku and fukeyaku roles. He was also an excellent dancer. He transmitted his amazing knowledge of Kabuki to the rising stars Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX. His most notable role was K˘mori Yasu in Segawa Jok˘ III's drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi".
 The 11th day of the 10th of the 4th year of the Kaei era was the 4th of November 1851 in the western calendar.
 The 17th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 5th year of the Kaei era was the 7th of March 1852 in the western calendar.
Nakamura Nakaz˘ III playing the role of Naosuke Gonbŕ in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1872 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Toyohara Kunichika - the actor in the medallion was Nakamura Shikan IV in the role of Tamiya Iemon)
The Nakamura Tsuruz˘ line of actors
The Nakamura Nakaz˘ line of actors
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