Matsumoto K˘jaku I
Matsumoto K˘jaku I  In Japanese | Matsumoto Takaya  In Japanese

Born the 7th of July 1933. He started his career after WWII, in January 1950 when he became a disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, received the name of Matsumoto Takaya and performed at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ in "Ichij˘ ďkura Monogatari". He became nadai and took the name of Matsumoto K˘jaku I in September 1957 at the Kabukiza, playing the role of Okumi in the drama "M˘ja Zuma". This program celebrated also the shűmei of 3 others nadai actors: Nakamura Kichigor˘ I, Matsumoto Komagor˘ II and Matsumoto K˘nosuke. It was also the hatsubutai of Ichikawa Arajir˘ III and Matsumoto Matsunosuke. Matsumoto K˘jaku was active in ˘shibai up to August 1994, when he appeared on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of the ny˘b˘ Otoma in Uno Nobuo's drama "K˘dan Yomiya no Ame". He suddenly died the 21st of August 1994 and was replaced on stage by Nakamura Shinobu. He was an important supporting onnagata actor for the K˘raiya guild.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
K˘raiya Hoshino Hideto

Matsumoto K˘jaku I

Matsumoto K˘jaku II
Matsumoto K˘jaku II  In Japanese | Nakamura Shijaku II  In Japanese | Nakamura Matashir˘  In Japanese

Born in Hokkaid˘ the 24th of March 1945. He graduated from the Actors Training Center of the National Theatre (1st year) and made his debut on stage in April 1972 at the National Theatre, performing the role of a soldier in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki". He became a disciple of Nakamura Matagor˘ II in June 1973 and received the name of Nakamura Matashir˘. He took part in the April/May 1983 Kabuki tour in Los Angeles, Caracas, Lima and Mexico City. He passed the nadai exam in April 1981 and became nadai in August 1984 at the T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Gekij˘, where he took the name of Nakamura Shijaku II and performed in the dance-drama "Yoshiwara Suzume". He took part in the September/October 1991 U.K. Kabuki tour. He joined the Matsumoto clan in June 2011 and took the name of Matsumoto K˘jaku II at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
K˘raiya, Harimaya Sat˘ Mitsuru
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