KATAOKA NIZAEMON
   
FIFTEEN GENERATIONS
Kataoka Nizaemon I
  The founder of the line Kataoka Nizaemon I held this name from the 1st lunar month of 1688 to the 11th lunar month of 1715.

Kataoka Nizaemon I

Kataoka Nizaemon II
Kataoka Nizaemon II  In Japanese | Kataoka Ch˘dayű I  In Japanese | Kataoka Sanpei  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was the son of Kataoka Nizaemon I and his first stage name was Kataoka Sanpei. He received the name of Kataoka Ch˘dayű I and became katakiyaku in the 11th lunar month of 1713. He took the name of Kataoka Nizaemon II in the 11th lunar month of 1716 in ďsaka and became zamoto in the same city in the 1st lunar month of 1717, producing a kaomise program (unknown title) along with Azuma Sanpachi. His last recorded performance was in the 2nd lunar month of 1717 in ďsaka, where he played the jitsuaku role of the yakko Jinnai in the drama "Tori Busshi Kogane no Niwatori". He most likely died in 1717.

Kataoka Nizaemon II (right)

Kataoka Nizaemon III
Fujikawa Shigeemon  In Japanese | Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ I  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a disciple of Fujikawa Buzaemon I and received the name of Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ I. He took the name of Fujikawa Shigeemon in Ky˘to in 1689. He settled in ďsaka in 1693 and achieved a great success in Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Butsumo Mayasan Kaich˘", which was produced by Iwai Hanshir˘ I. He appeared on stage for the last time in the 2nd lunar month of 1700, playing in ďsaka (third district of Horiegawa) in the drama "Keisei Mugen no Kane", which was produced by Otowa Jirosabur˘ I. He either died or retired after this performance. This tachiyaku actor, who was the brother-in-law of Kataoka Nizaemon I, posthumously received the name of Kataoka Nizaemon III. He was the father of Fujikawa Sanpachi, the grandfather of Fujikawa Sango, the adoptive father of Kataoka Nizaemon IV and the master of both Sanogawa Mangiku and Sanogawa Hanazuma I.

Kataoka Nizaemon IV
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon IV held this name from the end of 1746 to 1758.

Kataoka Nizaemon IV

Kataoka Nizaemon V
 

The actor Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ III posthumously received the name of Kataoka Nizaemon V.

Kataoka Nizaemon VI
 

The actor Mihogi Gizaemon II posthumously received the name of Kataoka Nizaemon VI.

Kataoka Nizaemon VII
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII held this name from 1787 to the 3rd lunar month of 1837.

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VII performing in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was staged in the 5th lunar month of 1816 in ďsaka at the Kado no Shibai

Kataoka Nizaemon VIII
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII held this name from the 1st lunar month of 1857 to Fall 1862.

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII (right) playing the role of Tamiya Iemon in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1861 at the Nakamuraza
(print made by Utagawa Yoshitsuya)

Kataoka Nizaemon IX
 

The actor Kataoka Gat˘ II posthumously received the name of Kataoka Nizaemon IX.

Kataoka Nizaemon X
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon X held this name from January 1895 to April 1895.

Kataoka Nizaemon X's shinie

Kataoka Nizaemon XI
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon XI held this name from January 1907 to October 1934.

Kataoka Nizaemon XI portraying Kakogawa Honz˘ in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura" in a print made by Natori Shunsen

Kataoka Nizaemon XII
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon XII held this name from January 1936 to March 1946.

Kataoka Nizaemon XIII
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon XIII held this name from March 1951 to March 1994.

Kataoka Nizaemon XIII playing the role of Gapp˘ in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"
in a print made by Tsuruya K˘kei in 1978
Print courtesy of Ted Jagoda

Kataoka Nizaemon XIV
 

The actor Kataoka Gad˘ V posthumously received the name of Kataoka Nizaemon XIV.

Kataoka Nizaemon XV
 

The actor Kataoka Nizaemon XV is the current holder of the name since January 1998.

Kataoka Nizaemon XV playing the role of Fukuoka Mitsugi in the drama "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" in an illustration made by Sugimura Yoshikazu (1962~1998)

 
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