Stage names:

Arashi Kitsusabur˘ VI
Nakamura Tomitar˘
Band˘ Takeshir˘
Band˘ Tsurukichi

Real name: Ishihara Arata

Guild: Itamiya

Line number: ROKUDAIME (VI)

Birthday: 22 October 1944


Master: Nakamura Tomijűr˘


October 1944: born in the city of Kuwana (Mie prefecture).

May 1963: he becomes disciple of Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV and appears on stage for the first time, at the ďsaka Shinkabukiza, where he receives the name of Band˘ Tsurukichi.

May 1964: Band˘ Tsurunosuke IV and Band˘ Tsurukichi take at the Kabukiza the respective names of Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI and Band˘ Takeshir˘.

September 1972: Ichimura Takenoj˘ VI and Band˘ Takeshir˘ take at the Kabukiza the respective names of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ V and Nakamura Tomitar˘.

October 1977: Tomitar˘ becomes nadai and takes at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the prestigious name of Arashi Kitsusabur˘ VI, playing the roles of the yakko Kikuhei and Yamashita Mondo in the dramas "Ishikiri Kajiwara" and "Kinkakuji".

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"; Kitsusabur˘ plays the role of Sone Matsubei and Hiranoya Tokubŕ's uncle Kyűemon in the former and latter items [more details].

November 2013: Kitsusabur˘ joins the first league of Kabuki actors ("kanbu sh˘shin"); he plays at the Kabukiza the role of Ono no Kudayű in the 4th and 7th acts of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

November 2015: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Shinrei Yaguchi no Watashi" (t˘shi ky˘gen in 4 acts); Kitsusabur˘ plays the role of the priest D˘nen [more details|casting].


Arashi Kitsusabur˘ VI is a very active and talented supporting tachiyaku, who proved that he was worthy holding such a prestigious name. He plays frequently the role of the condemned man when his master Nakamura Tomijűr˘ plays the leading role of Kajiwara in the drama "Ishikiri Kajiwara". He is also a reputed tachimawari choreographer.

The Arashi Kitsusabur˘ line of actors

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