Stage names:

Nakamura Fukusuke V In Japanese
Nakamura Masajir˘ III In Japanese

Real name: Sasaki Motokiyo

Guild: Takasagoya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Existence: 21 July 1910 ~ 1 January 1969


Adoptive father: Nakamura Baigyoku III

Son: Nakamura Masajir˘ IV


21 July 1910: born in ďsaka in the district of Minami-Ku.

May 1916: adopted son of Nakamura Fukusuke IV, he makes his first stage appearance (hatsubutai) at the Nakaza, where he received the name of Nakamura Masajir˘ III.

January 1935: Nakamura Fukusuke IV and Nakamura Masajir˘ III respectively take the names of Nakamura Baigyoku III and Nakamura Fukusuke V in ďsaka at the Nakaza; the new Fukusuke plays the role of the yakko Yatahei in the drama "Ishida no Tsubone".

1936: Fukusuke moves to the T˘h˘ Kabuki troupe, a competitor of the Sh˘chiku Company.

1940: Fukusuke moves back to the Sh˘chiku Company.

February 1948: Fukusuke plays at the ďsaka Kabukiza the roles of Sagisaka Bannai and Genroku in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura"; his adoptive father appears on stage for the last time, playing the role of Honz˘'s wife Tonase.

18 March 1948: his adoptive father Nakamura Baigyoku III dies.

July 1953: revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; Fukusuke plays the role of Sa Goj˘ [casting].

1954: Fukusuke joins the troupe led by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

February 1955: second edition at the Kabukiza from the 24th to the 27th of February of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. Izumi Ky˘ka's drama "Tenshu Monogatari" is staged for the first time with Kabuki actors; Fukusuke plays the role of Shu-no-Banb˘ in "Tenshu Monogatari" [casting].

March 1955: Hasegawa Shin's drama "Ori" was staged with a full Kabuki casting for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza; Fukusuke played the role of the r˘nin Kuzurejagawa Dairoku [more details].

July 1955: premiere at the T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater of Uno Nobuo's drama "M˘moku Monogatari"; Fukusuke plays the role of Ch˘roken [more details]. This drama was part of the first T˘h˘ Kabuki postwar performance. The T˘ky˘ Takarazuka Theater was taken over by the American occupation forces in 1945, becoming the Ernie Pyle Theater. It was forbiden to Japanese for 10 years and was finally given back to the T˘h˘ Company in 1955, which renamed it with its original name.

March 1956: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘"; Fukusuke plays the role of Nakaizumi Uky˘ [more details].

July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Fukusuke plays the role of the yakko Sudahei [more details].

April 1960: premiere at the Kabukiza of Hagiwara Yukio's dance-drama "Onizoroi Momijigari"; Fukusuke plays the role of the shitenn˘ Ueda Tar˘ Yoshiharu [casting].

November 1962: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Fukusuke plays the role of one of Hayakumo's retainers [more details].

June 1963: Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Yadonashi Danshichi Shigure no Karakasa" is produced for the first time at the Kabukiza; Fukusuke plays the role of Manriki Ichiemon [casting].

January 1965: premiere at the Nakaza of the spectacular hengemono "ďtsue D˘j˘ji"; Fukusuke plays the role of Ya-no-Ne no Gor˘ [more details].

May 1965: shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 young actors of the Otowaya guild; Onoe Ushinosuke V, Onoe Sakon I and Band˘ Kamesabur˘ IV respectively took the names of Onoe Kikunosuke IV, Onoe Tatsunosuke I, and Band˘ Shinsui VIII. The program also commemorated the 16th anniversary (17th memorial service) of the passing away of Onoe Kikugor˘ VI. Revival in the same theater of the danmari "Otowa-ga-Dake Danmari"; Fukusuke plays the role of Futaara no Iwagor˘ [more details].

January 1967: revival at the National Theatre of "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura"; Fukusuke plays the role of the kar˘ Yatsurugi Genba [casting].

April 1967: Fukusuke appears on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, where he plays the roles of Senoo Tar˘ and Asaka Ichinoshin in "Shunkan" and "Yari no Gonza".

1 January 1969: Fukusuke dies.


Nakamura Fukusuke V was was a talented supporting tachiyaku actor and a mainstay for a surviving Kamigata Kabuki, who excelled in katakiyaku roles performed in an old-fashioned style. He was one of the seven actors who created the Shichinin no Kai.

Nakamura Fukusuke V playing the role of the yakko Sodehei in the drama "Shin Usuyuki Monogatari", which was staged in February 1936 at the Meijiza

The Nakamura Masajir˘ line of actors

The Nakamura Fukusuke line of actors

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