Kataoka Matsunosuke I
Kataoka Matsunosuke I  In Japanese

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Kataoka Gad˘ II ? His name was recorded in the 1841 Kamigata hy˘banki.

Kataoka Matsunosuke II

The actor Kataoka Gat˘ II held the name of Kataoka Matsunosuke II from 1851 to the 3rd lunar month of 1856.

Kataoka Matsunosuke 2.3
Kataoka Matsunosuke  In Japanese

The day of his birth and his previous stage names were not recorded. He was the disciple of Kataoka Gat˘ II and held the name of Kataoka Matsunosuke from 1864 to 1888. He died the 9th of June 1888.

Kataoka Matsunosuke III
Kataoka Matsunosuke III  In Japanese | Onoe Tamimaru II  In Japanese

Born the 5th of the 6th lunar month of 1868. Disciple of Onoe Tamiz˘ II, he received the name of Onoe Tamimaru II and made his debut on stage in 1888. He became a disciple of Kataoka Gat˘ III and took the name of Kataoka Matsunosuke III in 1901. He led his own troupe, the Matsunosuke Ichiza, which was specialized in gishigeki and toured all over Japan up to the beginning of the 1930s. As a consequence, Matsunosuke's nickname was Chűshinguraya, a direct reference to the story of the 47 faithful retainers ("Chűshingura"). He died the 11th of August 1933.

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Nishizawa Hanjir˘ Shinsh˘, Manji (?) Midoriya, Otowaya
Kataoka Matsunosuke IV

The actor Kataoka Matsunosuke IV is the current holder of the name since June 1978.

Kataoka Matsunosuke IV
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)
Kataoka Matsunosuke IV was Number 84 in this countdown (online the 6th of February 2010, 84 days to go before the closing of T˘ky˘'s most famous theater)

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