Stage names:

Kawarasaki Chjr IV In Japanese
Kawarasaki Toranosuke In Japanese

Real name: Kawarasaki Toranosuke

Guild: Yamazakiya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Existence: 13 December 1902 ~ 22 September 1981


Father: Kawarasaki Gonnosuke VIII

Sons: Kawarasaki Chichir, Kawarasaki Jir, Kawarasaki Kenz


September 1905: first stage appearance, at the Kabukiza, in a program commemorating the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of the passing away of late Ichikawa Danjr IX.

July 1913: Kawarasaki Toranosuke took the name of Kawarasaki Chjr IV.

1919: Chjr joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II.

March 1921: Chjr played at the Suehiroza (Nagoya) the role of Ob Kichisa in Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Sannin Kichisa"; his stage partners were Onoe Eizabur VII (Oj Kichisa) and Onoe Kz II (Osh Kichisa).

Summer 1928: Ichikawa Sadanji II organized the first tour of a Kabuki troupe outside Japan; Chjr took part in this tour [more details].

May 1931: founding of the Zenshinza troupe, a left-wing and progressive theater troupe led by Nakamura Kan'emon III and Chjr.

November 1933: the Zenshinza troupe produced for the first time the dance-drama "Kanjinch", in Tky at the Shinbashi Enbuj, with Chjr (Benkei), Nakamura Kan'emon III (Togashi) and Kawarasaki Kunitar V (Yoshitsune).

1936: Chjr played the role of Kchiyama Sshun in the eponymous movie directed by Yamanaka Sadao.

June 1942: Chjr played for the first time the role of Tokugawa Tsunatoyo in the drama "Ohama Goten", which was staged at the Shinbashi Enbuj.

1944: Chjr played the role of Miyamoto Musashi in the eponymous movie directed by Mizoguchi Kenji.

1958 ~ 1959: the Zenshinza troupe produced the bombastic play "Gedatsu" with Chjr and Kawarasaki Kunitar V in the roles of Taira no Kagekiyo and the courtesan Akoya. The play was performed in January 1958 in Nagoya (Misonoza), in February 1958 in saka (Kabukiza), in March 1958 in Kyto (Minamiza) and in July 1959 in Tky (Meijiza).

December 1959: Chjr played at the Meijiza the role of Satsuma Gengob in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fjime"; his stage partners were Nakamura Kan'emon III (Sasano Sangob) and Kawarasaki Kunitar V (Sakuraya Koman).

1960: first stay in the Popular Republic of China.

February 1963: Chjr played for the last time the role of Tokugawa Tsunatoyo in the drama "Ohama Goten", which was staged at the Minamiza (Kyto).

1965: second stay in the Popular Republic of China.

January 1967: ideological breaking off with Nakamura Kan'emon III; Chjr was no more a member of the Zenshinza troupe.

22 September 1981: Chjr died.


Kawarasaki Chjr IV was the cofounder of the Zenshinza troupe and an amazing tachiyaku, able of playing the best roles in the aragoto style like Benkei ("Kanjinch") or the wicked priest Narukami ("Narukami").

Kawarasaki Chjr IV in the role of Musashib Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch"

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