TAKESHIMA KďZAEMON
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Takeshima K˘zaemon I
 

The actor Takeshima K˘zaemon I held this name from the beginning of the 1670s (?) to the 11th lunar month of 1712.

Takeshima K˘zaemon I (left/the killer) and Tamagawa Sennoj˘ IV (right/the victim) playing the roles of Higuchi Senzaemon and Teisan in the new year drama "Keisei Yakkei no Mizuumi", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1712 in Ky˘to

Takeshima K˘zaemon II
 

The actor Takeshima K˘zaemon II held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1715 to the beginning of the 1720s.

Takeshima K˘zaemon II playing the role of Manpei in the kaomise drama "Ch˘ Hanagata Sangoku no Mukoiri", which was staged in the 12th lunar month of 1716 at the Naka no Shibai

Takeshima K˘zaemon III
Takeshima K˘zaemon III  In Japanese | Takeshima K˘tar˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Takeshima K˘zaemon II, his first stage name was Takeshima K˘tar˘. His first recorded performance was in the 11th lunar month of 1721, when he performed in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai as a wakashugata in the kaomise drama "Onna Genji Musha Sugoroku", which was produced by his father. He became zamoto and took the name of Takeshima K˘zaemon III in the 11th lunar month of 1728. He disappeared from the records from 1729. He most likely died young.

Takeshima K˘zaemon IV
Takeshima K˘zaemon IV  In Japanese | Nakamura Jűbŕ  In Japanese | Takeshima Heitar˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Relationship to the Takeshima clan unknown. His first stage name was Takeshima Heitar˘. He became a disciple of Nakamura Jűz˘ I and was trained as a katakiyaku, performing under the name of Nakamura Jűbŕ. He took the name of Takeshima K˘zaemon IV in the 12th lunar month of 1761, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai, playing the role of Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Karanishiki Miyako no Hinagata". He joined a travelling troupe in 1762 and disappeared from the Kabuki ˘shibai world.

Takeshima K˘zaemon IV (left) and Sanogawa Wakamatsu (right) performing together in the new year drama "Keisei Shiunzan", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1762 in Ky˘to

 
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