Stage names:

Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II In Japanese
Nakamura Mannoj˘ In Japanese
Nakamura Kichisa III In Japanese
Nakamura Ch˘maru In Japanese

Real name: Tanaka Yoshir˘

Guild: Harimaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: 5 April 1932 ~ 26 January 2014


Masters: Nakamura Kichiemon II, Nakamura Kichiemon I, Nakamura Tokiz˘ III


1942: he starts his career as a disciple of the star Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.

August 1943: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, where he receives the name of Nakamura Ch˘maru.

October 1943: he becomes disciple of the star Nakamura Kichiemon I, who gives him the name of Nakamura Kichisa III.

January 1952: Kichisa becomes nadai and takes the name of Nakamura Mannoj˘ at the Kabukiza, playing in the drama "Matsuura no Taiko".

July 1963: revival at the Yomiuri Hall in T˘ky˘ of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; Mannoj˘ plays the roles of the keisei Higaki and the ghost of Higaki [casting].

August 1979: revival at the National Theatre Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Kanzen Ch˘aku Nozoki Garakuri"; Mannoj˘ plays the role of Jűbŕ's wife Osoyo [casting].

Summer 1985: tour in the USA; Mannoj˘ plays the role of Nagaura in the drama "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsh˘", which celebrates the shűmei in the USA of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XII [more details].

June 1989: the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘" using ďnishi Nobuyuki's script is staged for the first time with a full Kabuki casting, at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘; Mannoj˘ plays the role of Oyone's ghost [casting].

September 1994: Mannoj˘ joins the major league of Kabuki actors ("kanbu sh˘shin") and takes the name of Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Ok˘ in the play "Hikimado".

November 2005: t˘shi ky˘gen revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki"; Kichinoj˘ plays the role of Satsuki [casting].

October 2010: Kichinoj˘ appears on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, playing the role of Minobe's mother in the drama "Sh˘gun Edo o Saru".

26 January 2014: Kichinoj˘ dies.


Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II was a veteran onnagata actor of the Harimaya guild, outstanding in the roles of old women.
[More data in Japanese]

Nakamura Kichinoj˘ II portraying Ok˘ in the drama "Hikimado" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2010) all rights reserved)

The Nakamura Kichinoj˘ line of actors

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