Stage names:

Nakamura Fukusuke V In Japanese
Nakamura Masajir˘ III In Japanese

Real name: Sasaki Motokiyo

Guild: Takasagoya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Existence: 21 July 1910 ~ 1 January 1969


Adoptive father: Nakamura Baigyoku III

Son: Nakamura Masajir˘ IV


21 July 1910: born in ďsaka in the district of Minami-Ku.

May 1916: adopted son of Nakamura Fukusuke IV, he makes his first stage appearance (hatsubutai) at the Nakaza, where he received the name of Nakamura Masajir˘ III.

January 1935: Nakamura Fukusuke IV and Nakamura Masajir˘ III respectively take the names of Nakamura Baigyoku III and Nakamura Fukusuke V in ďsaka at the Nakaza; the new Fukusuke plays the role of the yakko Yatahei in the drama "Ishida no Tsubone".

1936: Fukusuke moves to the T˘h˘ Kabuki troupe, a competitor of the Sh˘chiku Company.

1940: Fukusuke moves back to the Sh˘chiku Company.

February 1948: Fukusuke plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the roles of Sagisaka Bannai and Genroku in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his adoptive father appears on stage for the last time, playing the role of Honz˘'s wife Tonase.

18 March 1948: his adoptive father Nakamura Baigyoku III dies.

July 1953: revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; Fukusuke plays the role of Sagoj˘ [casting].

1954: Fukusuke joins the troupe led by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

February 1955: Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" is staged for the first time with Kabuki actors, at the Kabukiza; Fukusuke plays the role of Shu-no-Banb˘ [casting].

March 1956: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘"; Fukusuke plays the role of Nakaizumi Uky˘ [more details].

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Fukusuke plays the role of the yakko Sudahei [more details].

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Fukusuke plays the role of the shitenn˘ Ueda Tar˘ Yoshiharu [casting].

November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Fukusuke plays the role of one of Hayakumo's retainers [more details].

June 1963: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Fukusuke plays the role of Manriki Ichiemon [casting].

January 1965: premiere at the Nakaza of the spectacular hengemono "ďtsue D˘j˘ji"; Fukusuke plays the role of Ya-no-Ne no Gor˘ [more details].

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Fukusuke plays the role of the kar˘ Yatsurugi Genba [casting].

April 1967: Fukusuke appears on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, where he plays the roles of Senoo Tar˘ and Asaka Ichinoshin in "Shunkan" and "Yari no Gonza".

1 January 1969: Fukusuke dies.


Nakamura Fukusuke V was was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor and a mainstay for a surviving Kamigata Kabuki, who excelled in katakiyaku roles performed in an old-fashioned style. He was one of the seven actors who created the Shichinin no Kai.

Nakamura Fukusuke V playing the role of the yakko Sodehei in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which was staged in February 1936 at the Meijiza

The Nakamura Masajir˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Fukusuke line of actors

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