ASAO OKUYAMA
   
EIGHT GENERATIONS
Asao Okuyama I
 

The actor Asao Tamejűr˘ I's haimy˘ was Okuyama and, although he never officially held the name of Asao Okuyama I, he was considered as the founder of the line.

Asao Okuyama I portraying Akechi Mitsuhide ("Ehon Taik˘ki") in an ďsaka hy˘banki (1801)

Asao Okuyama II
 

The actor Asao Tamejűr˘ II's haimy˘ was Okuyama and, although he never officially held the name of Asao Okuyama II, he was considered as the second holder of the name.

Asao Okuyama III
 

The actor Asao Tamejűr˘ III held the name of Asao Okuyama III from 1807 to 1818, a second time from Fall 1820 to Spring 1829, then a third time from the end of 1829 or the beginning of 1830 to the 12th lunar month of 1830.

Asao Okuyama III playing the role of Yasuke in the drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime", which was staged in the 9th lunar month of 1826 in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai (print made by Juk˘d˘ Yoshikuni)

Asao Okuyama IV
Asao Okuyama IV  In Japanese | Asao Tomoz˘ III  In Japanese | Asao Asajir˘  In Japanese
 

Unknown date of birth. Son of Asao Tamejűr˘ III and brother of Asao Tamejűr˘ IV, his first stage name was Asao Asajir˘. He received the name of Asao Tomoz˘ III in the 11th lunar month of 1828, most likely in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai. He took the name of Asao Okuyama IV in Edo in 1846. He went back in Kamigata at the beginning of the 1860s and was active up to the middle or the end of the 1870s. He was jitsuaku, hand˘gataki, d˘kegata and oyajigata (in his latter years). He died in March 1881.

Asao Okuyama III in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada II in 1852

Asao Okuyama V
Arashi Mikan  In Japanese | Asao Okuyama V  In Japanese | Arashi Mikan  In Japanese | Nakamura Komaichi  In Japanese
 

Born in 1850. He became a disciple of Arashi Rikan IV in 1871 and received the name of Arashi Mikan. He took the name of Asao Okuyama V in January 1882. He held this name only for a few years as he took back the name of Arashi Mikan in 1884. He died the 7th of November 1885.

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Zeniya, Maruya Ishimaru Kisabur˘
Asao Okuyama VI
Asao Okuyama VI  In Japanese | ??? Danpachi
 

Born in 1854. He performed in Kamigata under the first name of Danpachi (family name unknown). He took the name of Asao Okuyama VI in Fall 1889 in Ky˘to. He held this name up to his death in 1899. His real name was Nakamura Komatar˘.

Asao Okuyama VII
Asao Okuyama VII  In Japanese | Nakamura Kohakur˘  In Japanese | Nakamura T˘z˘  In Japanese | Nakamura Komajaku  In Japanese | Ichikawa Ichitar˘  In Japanese
 

Born in 1863. Disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX from the age of 7, his first stage name was Ichikawa Ichitar˘. He became disciple of Nakamura Ganjir˘ I in 1883 and received the name of Nakamura Komajaku. He became disciple of Nakamura Kasen I in 1893 and changed his name to Nakamura T˘z˘. He took the names of Nakamura Kohakur˘ at the Kadoza in June 1908 but held this name only for a few months as he took the name of Asao Okuyama VII in August 1908 in ďsaka at the Tenmaza. He was active in the movies business. You can check the link below to find the list of the movies in which he performed from 1920 to 1922. He died the 14th of November 1925.

The list of Asao Okuyama's movies (in Japanese)

Honmy˘ Haimy˘ Yag˘
Iwai Ichitar˘ Kish˘ Zeniya
Asao Okuyama VIII
Asao Okuyama VIII  In Japanese | Asao Sekisabur˘  In Japanese
 

Born in Ky˘to the 4th of January 1894. He started his career in 1900 as a disciple of the actor Asao Sekijűr˘ II, who gave him the name of Asao Sekisabur˘. He took the name of Asao Okuyama VIII in 1930. He joined the Daiei movie company in 1956 and performed in 15 movies from 1956 to 1964. In his latter years, he often performed as a fukeyaku by the side of the Sh˘wa star Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII. He made his last stage appearance in July 1973 at the Kabukiza, where he played the role of Mikawaya Giheiji in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" (the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ was played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII). He died the 29th of November 1974.

 
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