Stage names:

Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III In Japanese
Nakamura Umetar˘ In Japanese

Real name: Nakamura Umetar˘

Guilds: Yawataya [1], Kagaya [2]

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Keishi

Blazon: Yattsu Yaguruma

Existence: 10th day of the 5th lunar month of 1859 [3] ~ 21 February 1901


Master: Nakamura Tsurusuke V

Son: Ichikawa Dan'emon II

Great-grandson: Nakamura Nakaz˘ V


1859: born in ďsaka in the district of Kuzaemon-ch˘.

1866: he started his career as a disciple of the actor Nakamura Tsurusuke V, the son of Nakamura Shikan III. He performed under the name of Nakamura Umetar˘ in a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai).

1st lunar month of 1872: Umetar˘ played at the Tenma no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of the courtesan Yűgiri in the drama "Kuruwa Bunsh˘"; the role of Yűgiri's lover Fujiya Izaemon was played by Kataoka Hidetar˘ I.

7th lunar month of 1872: Umetar˘ played at the Mitama no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Somenoi in the drama "Tengajaya-mura".

September 1885: Umetar˘ and Nakamura Shikaku I went together to T˘ky˘ and joined the Torikuma Shibai troupe at the Harukiza.

September 1885: Umetar˘ performed at the Harukiza in the drama "Ogasawara Shorei no Oku no Te".

June 1890: Umetar˘ performed at the Harukiza in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". The theater was suddenly burnt to ashes by a fire the 23rd of June 1890.

December 1891: he took the name of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III at the newly-rebuilt Harukiza. This prestigious name has not been held since 2nd lunar month of 1855. The new Tomijűr˘ played the role of Tokiwa Gozen in the drama "Fushimi no Tokiwa"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Ennosuke I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII, Nakamura Shikaku I, Nakamura Komanosuke VI, Azuma T˘z˘ VI, Nakamura Kangor˘ XII and Ichikawa Utasaku.

October 1894: Tomijűr˘ played at the Harukiza the difficult role of Sodehagi in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Kuz˘ III (Sadat˘), Ichikawa Yaoz˘ VII (Munet˘) and Ichikawa Kien (Yoshiie).

August 1897: tour in Kanazawa with Ichikawa Danz˘ VII; Tomijűr˘ played the roles of Shizuka Gozen and Suke-no-Tsubone in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura", which was staged at the Inariza.

January 1901: Tomijűr˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Ichimuraza, where he performed in the drama "Miyo no Haru Sum˘ no Haregi".

21 February 1901: Tomijűr˘ died in T˘ky˘.


Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III was an onnagata actor, who was trained in Kamigata and spent his best years in T˘ky˘ at the Harukiza. He was too tall for many onnagata roles and had to specialize in warriors' spouses roles in jidaimono. As far as art was concerned, he made no original contribution and did not perform the role of the shiraby˘shi Hanako in the dance "Musume D˘j˘ji", the emblematic role of the Nakamura Tomijűr˘ line of actors.

[1] His yag˘ when he was named Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III.

[2] His yag˘ when he was named Nakamura Umetar˘.

[3] The 10th day of the 5th lunar month of the 6th year of the Ansei era was the 10th of June 1859 in the western calendar.

Nakamura Tomijűr˘ III

The Nakamura Tomijűr˘ line of actors

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