Stage names:

Kataoka Ichiz˘ III
Kataoka Ch˘jűr˘ II
Kataoka Gakusabur˘ I
Mimasu Kamez˘ II

Nickname: Kataichi

Guild: Matsushimaya

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Poetry name: Gash˘

Existence: 27th day of the 4th lunar month of 1851 ~ 11 December 1906


Grandfather: Kataoka Nizaemon VII

Father: Kataoka Shimamaru

Masters: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII, Mimasu Daigor˘ IV

Brothers: Mimasu Inemaru I, Kataoka Gat˘ II

Adopted son: Kataoka Ichiz˘ IV

Disciples: Kataoka Ichikatsu, Kataoka Matsue


27th day of the 4th lunar month of 1851: born in ďsaka in the district of S˘emon-ch˘. He is the fourth son of Kataoka Shimamaru, son of Kataoka Nizaemon VII, who gave up acting to become a painter called Nishikawa Kuniharu (he was also called Kameya Kichibei or Sumidagawa Hikoroku).

Spring 1855: he starts his career as a disciple of the actor Mimasu Daigor˘ IV, who gives him the name of Mimasu Kamez˘ II.

27th day of the 4th lunar month of 1858: his first brother Mimasu Inemaru I dies. Kamez˘ temporarily gives up acting and becomes decchi for the money changer Kokubun Yabei, who manages his shop in the district of Mitsudera-ch˘.

1863: Kamez˘ goes to Ky˘to to take care of his third brother, a Temple bonze, who suffers from a serious eye disease.

1866: after the recovery of his third brother, he goes back to the Kabuki world, becoming a disciple of the actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII, thanks to the help of his second brother Kataoka Gat˘ II; he receives the name of Kataoka Gakusabur˘ I.

1869: Kataoka Gakusabur˘ I takes the name of Kataoka Ch˘jűr˘ II.

22nd day of the 11th lunar month of 1871: his second brother Kataoka Gat˘ II dies.

1877: Kataoka Ch˘jűr˘ II takes the name of Kataoka Ichiz˘ III.

Summer 1878: Ichiz˘ settles in T˘ky˘.

August 1879: Ichiz˘ takes part in the opening ceremony of the Hisamatsuza [info].

23 May 1880: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Arimatsuzome Sum˘ Yukata"; Ichiz˘ plays the roles of Onogawa's mother Oasa and Narusawa Gosuke [more details].

May 1888: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame"; Ichiz˘ plays the role of Gonpachi [casting].

April 1897: premiere at the Kabukiza of Fukuchi Ochi's drama "Otokodate Harusame Gasa"; Ichiz˘ played the roles of ďguchiya Jizaemon and Imanishi Gennoshin [more details].

May 1897: Ichiz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Genshichi in the drama "Kamiyui Shinza"; the role of Shinza is played by Onoe Kikugor˘ V.

January 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's dance-drama "Hagoromo"; Ichiz˘ plays the role of the fisherman Isomatsu [casting].

May 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi"; Ichiz˘ plays the roles of Kurata Bampei and the tobigashira Kan'emon [casting].

June 1904: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Meiboku Kasane Monogatari"; Ichiz˘ plays the role of the t˘fu maker Saburobŕ [casting].

November 1906: Ichiz˘ suddenly falls ill while performing on tour at the Suehiroza in the Tochigi Prefecture. He goes back to T˘ky˘ and dies there the 11th of December 1906. His tombstone is located in the precincts of the Honmonji Temple.


Kataoka Ichiz˘ III was a katakiyaku actor of the Meiji era. He was better in sewamono than jidaimono. He became a great fukeyaku in his latter years. He also had the reputation to be extremely talented in literary arts.

Kataoka Ichiz˘ III playing the role of Soga no Iruka in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin", which was staged in March 1894 at the Kabukiza (print made by Utagawa Kuniteru)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1892

The Kataoka Gakusabur˘ line of actors

The Kataoka Ichiz˘ line of actors

Search this site powered by FreeFind
  Site map | Disclaimer
Contact | Main | Top | Updates | Actors | Plays | Playwrights | Programs | Links | FAQ | Glossary | Chronology | Illustrations | Prints | Characters | Derivatives | Theaters | Coming soon | News