Stage name:

Nakayama Sayonosuke In Japanese

Other name (musician):

Nakayama Mandayű In Japanese

Existence: ???


Sons: Nakayama Kohachi, Nakayama Senkichi


1684: recorded for the first time, in the hy˘banki "Yar˘ Sanza no Wabi".

1686: Sayonosuke performed in Ky˘to.

7th lunar month of 1687: Sayonosuke performed at the yashiki of the daimy˘ M˘ri; it was recorded that he performed in a dance entitled "Suruga Meisho" [1].

1688: Sayonosuke performed at the Ichimuraza. He was said around that time to be one of the Yakusha Shitenn˘, literally the Big Four Actors [2].

1793: he became musician, performing under the name of Nakayama Mandayű in Edo.


Nakayama Sayonosuke was an Edo onnagata actor, who was active during the Tenna and Genroku eras. He was also an outstanding singer.

[1] Literally 'The Famous Places of the Province of Suruga'.

[1] There were not four actors in the 1688 Big Four but ... nine actors : beside Nakayama Sayonosuke, the others were Nakamura Shichisabur˘ I, It˘ Kodayű II, Nakayama Kiyonosuke, Noda Kuranoj˘, Matsumura Gennosuke, Murayama Heijűr˘ I, Fujita Shosabur˘ and Saigoku Hy˘gor˘ I.

Nakayama Sayonosuke in an ilustration from the book
"Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu" (1st lunar month of 1693)

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