NAKAYAMA KIRAKU
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Nakayama Kiraku I
 

The actor Nakayama Kiraku I held this name from the 1st lunar month of 1826 to the 10th lunar month of 1827.

Nakayama Kiraku II
 

The actor Onoe Shju held the name of Nakayama Kiraku II from the 1st lunar month of 1844 to the 7th lunar month of 1848.

Nakayama Kiraku III
Nakayama Shju  In Japanese | Nakayama Kiraku III  In Japanese | Nakayama Tory II  In Japanese
 

Born in Nagoya in 1834. Relationship to Nakayama Kiraku II to be clarified (son? adopted son? disciple?). His first stage name was Nakayama Tory II. He took the name of Nakayama Kiraku III at the beginning of the 1870s. He was active in Nagoya, performing in venues like the Shinmoriza, the Tachibanaza or the Suehiroza. He was extremely popular in his native town but did not really try to venture outside. He gave his name to Arashi Rikaku in July 1907 and took the name of Nakayama Shju. He died in 1907. Two of his disciples became quite famous: Ichikawa Chsha VII and Ichikawa Hyakujr (a travelling actor).

Nakayama Kiraku IV
Nakayama Kiraku IV  In Japanese | Arashi Rikaku  In Japanese | Arashi Rigan  In Japanese
 

Born in 1861. Son of the actor Arashi Kitsushichi, his first stage names were Arashi Rigan and Arashi Rikaku. Disciple of Nakayama Kiraku III, he took the name of Nakayama Kiraku IV in Nagoya in July 1900. He was active in Nagoya up to 1927. Day of death unknown. His real name was Kobayashi Ushinosuke.

 
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