KATAOKA AINOSUKE
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Kataoka Ainosuke I
Kataoka Ainosuke I  In Japanese
 

Born in 1791. Son of Kataoka Nizaemon VII and brother of Kataoka Shimamaru. He received the name of Kataoka Ainosuke I and learnt the art with his father. He became zamoto in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1800, producing the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari" at the Kitagawa no Shibai. He was a wakashugata actor who did not have the time to achieve fame for himself as he died the 6th day of the 6th lunar month of 1808 [1].

Kataoka Ainosuke I playing the role of the courtesan Kikuno in the drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime" in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Kataoka Ainosuke II
Kataoka Ainosuke II [2]  In Japanese | Kataoka Ch˘dayű [3]  In Japanese | Kataoka Ch˘dayű [3]  In Japanese | Kataoka Ch˘dayű II [2]  In Japanese | Kataoka Ainosuke II  In Japanese | Kataoka Aizabur˘ I  In Japanese | Ichikawa Mangor˘ [4]  In Japanese
 

Born in 1797 [3]. He started his career as an iroko in ďsaka during the first half of the 1800s. His first stage name was Ichikawa Mangor˘ [4]. He was adopted by Kataoka Nizaemon VII and received the name of Kataoka Aizabur˘ I at the beginning of 1811. Then he took the name of Kataoka Ainosuke II in the 11th lunar month of 1811 in Ky˘to. He took the name of Kataoka Ch˘dayű II in the 11th lunar month of 1816 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai. He went to Edo with his master in Winter 1817 and played at the Kiriza the role of Hayase in the drama "Shinbutai Megumi no Ishizue". He went back to Ky˘to with his master in Fall 1817. He took back the name of Kataoka Ch˘dayű (with different ideograms for the first name) at the beginning of 1818 in Ky˘to and ďsaka. Then, he took back the name of Kataoka Ainosuke II [2] in the 11th lunar month of 1819 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai. He died the 9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1822 [5].

Kataoka Ainosuke II (top/center) and Arashi Kanjűr˘ I (top/right) playing the roles of Otowa and the tedai Gonkur˘ in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki", which was staged at the Kado no Shibai in the 11th lunar month of 1819

Kataoka Ainosuke III
Kataoka Ainosuke III  In Japanese | Kataoka Kikuo [3]  In Japanese | Kataoka Ainosuke III  In Japanese | Kataoka Ch˘dayű III [6]  In Japanese | Onoe Kikusabur˘ IV  In Japanese
 

Born in 1827. Disciple of Onoe Kikugor˘ III, his first stage name was Onoe Kikusabur˘ IV and he started his career in miyaji shibai in Kamigata. He became a disciple of Kataoka Gat˘ I at an unknown date and received the name of Kataoka Ch˘dayű III. He took the name of Kataoka Ainosuke III in 1836 and went to Edo in the 1st lunar month of 1850 to perform at the Nakamuraza. He went back to ďsaka but went on tour to Edo one more time in the 5th lunar month of 1856 to perform at the Moritaza. He performed in Nagoya at the Seijuin Shibai under the name of Kataoka Kikuo [3] in 1859. He died in ďsaka the 2nd day of the 12th lunar month of 1861 [7]. This onnagata actor was popular at the end of his career, reaching the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi in ďsaka in the 1st lunar month of 1862.

Yag˘ Haimy˘
Matsubaya, Matsushimaya Gajaku, Kikuo

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Kataoka Ainosuke III in kabuki21.com.

Kataoka Ainosuke III playing the role of the courtesan Kikuno in the drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime", which was staged in the 8th lunar month of 1861 at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Hirosada)

Kataoka Ainosuke 3.4
Kataoka Uemon I [8]  In Japanese | Kataoka Emon  In Japanese | Kataoka Ainosuke  In Japanese | Okada Ainosuke  In Japanese | Kataoka Ainosuke  In Japanese | Kimura Tanosuke  In Japanese | Nakamura Fukutar˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career in ďsaka at the Ebisuza, where he performed in January 1877 under the name of Nakamura Fukutar˘. He performed at the Nakaza under the name of Kimura Tanosuke from May to June 1891. He became a disciple of Kataoka Gat˘ III and received the name of Kataoka Ainosuke in July 1891 at the Naniwaza. He switched to Okada Ainosuke in 1892 and took back the name of Kataoka Ainosuke in 1893. He took the names of Kataoka Emon and Kataoka Uemon I at the Matsushima Yachiyoza (ďsaka) in April 1908 and May 1908. He was active in Kamigata up to March 1920. No record afterwards.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Komatsuya, Matsushimaya Kimura Tanosuke
Kataoka Ainosuke IV
Kataoka Ainosuke IV  In Japanese | Nakamura Kak˘  In Japanese
 

Born in ďsaka the 1st of August 1881 in the pleasure district of Shinmachi. He became disciple of Nakamura S˘jűr˘, received the name of Nakamura Kak˘ and and made his debut in April 1884 at the Meirakuza in Horie (a district of ďsaka). He joined Nakamura Kasen I at an unknown date. His third and fourth masters were Kataoka Nizaemon X and Kataoka Nizaemon XI. He became nadai in 1902 and was allowed to take the name of Kataoka Ainosuke IV in January 1907 at the Kadoza, playing the role of Fuwa Bansaku in the drama "Ishida no Tsubone". He was active as a supporting onnagata actor in the troupe led by Kataoka Nizaemon XI up to his death the 16th of May 1927. In minor theaters, he had the chance to perform important roles and it was said that his best ones were Osono ("Sakaya"), Omiwa ("Mikasayama Goten") and Osan ("Shigure no Kotatsu").

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Kitamura Daigor˘ Kak˘ Matsushimaya

Kataoka Ainosuke IV

Kataoka Ainosuke V
Kataoka Ainosuke V  In Japanese | Kataoka Gakusabur˘ II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Shinzaemon  In Japanese
 

Born in ďsaka the 10th of October 1905. He was adopted by the actor Ichikawa Shinsh˘, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Shinzaemon. He made his first apperance on stage in August 1909 in ďsaka. He stopped acting when his adoptive father died. A few years later, in 1920, he became disciple of Kataoka Gad˘ IV and received the name of Kataoka Gakusabur˘ II in January 1924. He became nadai in April 1928 and took the name of Kataoka Ainosuke V in April 1943, in T˘ky˘ at the Kabukiza, performing with his master Kataoka Nizaemon XII in the drama "Kirare Yosa". He was an important supporting actor for the Kataoka clan, trained as an onnagata and excelling in fukeyaku roles. He was also, at the end of his career, a regular supporting actor of Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII. He died the 26th of October 1973.

Honmy˘ Yag˘
Mihara K˘sabur˘ Matsuhiroya

Kataoka Ainosuke V (left) playing the role of the maid Oai in the drama "Kirare Yosa" (1940s)

Kataoka Ainosuke VI
 

The actor Kataoka Ainosuke VI is the current holder of the name since January 1992.

Kataoka Ainosuke VI playing the role of Minamoto no Sanetomo in the drama "Kiritar˘ Tengű no Sakamori" (illustration courtesy of RANCHUROW (2009) all rights reserved)

 

Notes

[1] The 6th day of the 6th lunar month of the 5th year of the Bunka era was the 29th of June 1808 in the western calendar.

[2] In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", it was reported that he went back to Ky˘to with his master in Fall 1817 and there was no record afterwards. He was therefore listed as Kataoka Ch˘dayű III (not Kataoka Ch˘dayű II) in this book and as Kataoka Ainosuke II in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[3] Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" or in the Ritsumeikan Univ. actors database. Recorded only in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[4] Recorded as Ichikawa Mangor˘ II in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran". No record in this book for an actor named Ichikawa Mangor˘ I.

[5] The 9th day of the 8th lunar month of the 5th year of the Bunsei era was the 23rd of September 1822 in the western calendar. Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten.

[6] Not recorded in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten". Recorded as Kataoka Ch˘dayű V in the Ritsumeikan Univ. actors database. Recorded as an unofficial holder of the name of Kataoka Ch˘dayű (no line number) in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

[7] The 2nd day of the 12th lunar month of the 1st year of the Bunkyű era was the 1st of January 1862.

[8] This actor was not listed in Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten" and in the Ritsumeikan Univ. actors database. Only in the latest edition (2012) of "Kabuki Haiyű Meiseki Benran".

 
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