Stage names:

Nakamura Sennoj˘ II In Japanese
Band˘ Hinoki In Japanese

Real name: Takase Miki

Guild: Narikomaya

Birthday: 30 July 1962


Master: Sakata T˘jűr˘

Grandfather: Band˘ Ch˘emon


December 1972: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, playing a decchi role in the drama "Sakanaya S˘gor˘" which is staged by the Zenshinza troupe.

December 1980: he receives the name of Band˘ Hinoki at the Kabukiza, performing in the dance "Yuki Matsuri Gonin Sanbas˘" and the drama "Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-ky˘", which are staged at the Kabukiza to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Zenshinza troupe.

March 1984: he becomes disciple of Nakamura Senjaku II.

June 1985: he receives the name of Nakamura Sennoj˘ II.

March 1991: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's play "Sode Nikki Banshű Meguri"; Sennoj˘ plays the role of Osen [more details].

January 1995: Sennoj˘ becomes nadai and celebrates the event at the Nakaza, playing the roles of the koshimoto Sarashina and the teashop waitress Osato in "Komochi Yamanba" and "Sonezaki Shinjű"; this is part of a special program celebrating the shűmei of both Nakamura Kanjaku V and Nakamura Senjaku III, the hatsubutai of Nakamura Kazutar˘ and the 100th anniversary of the Sh˘chiku Company.

June 2005: Chikamatsuza tour in the USA with Nakamura Ganjir˘, Nakamura Kanjaku and Nakamura Kikaku. The program is made up of the dance "B˘ Shibari" and Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Sonezaki Shinjű"; Sennoj˘ plays the role of the teashop waitress Okuni in "Sonezaki Shinjű" [more details].


Nakamura Sennoj˘ II is a talented supporting onnagata actor of the Narikomaya guild.

Nakamura Sennoj˘ II
Courtesy of DANGO JIR█ HYPER
This image was part of an amazing 2010 web project, which was entitled Kabuki Bijin Tokei (The Kabuki Beautiful People Clock), a special countdown with original pictures of Kabuki actors, one picture per day up to the closing of the Kabukiza (video on youtube)
Nakamura Sennoj˘ II was Number 90 in this countdown (online the 31st of January 2010, 90 days to go before the closing of T˘ky˘'s most famous theater)

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