Stage names:

Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ IV In Japanese
Band˘ Sh˘nosuke In Japanese

Real name: Band˘ Masakuni


Yamazakiya (Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ years)
Otowaya (Band˘ Sh˘nosuke years)

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Birthday: 6 February 1954


Great-great-great-grandfathers: Onoe Kikugor˘ III, Ichimura Uzaemon XI

Great-great-grandfather: Ichimura Takenoj˘ V

Great-grandfather: Onoe Kikugor˘ V

Grandfather: Band˘ Hikosabur˘ VI

Father: Ichimura Uzaemon XVII

Brothers: Band˘ Rakuzen, Ichimura Manjir˘ II


July 1960: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Kabukiza, receiving the name of Band˘ Sh˘nosuke and playing the role of Ishigami in the dance-drama "Tsuchi-gumo".

January 1985: revival at the National Theatre of the drama "Kan U", which belongs to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Sh˘nosuke plays the role of Iino Jur˘ [casting].

February 1989: he becomes nadai and plays at the Kabukiza the roles of Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi and Bunji in the dramas "Sum˘ba" and "Megumi no Kenka", which are performed in a special show commemorating the fortieth birthday of the Onoe Kikugor˘ Gekidan troupe.

January 2002: the National Theatre produces the revival of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Koharunagi Okitsu Shiranami", which has not been played in its full length since 11th lunar month of 1864; Sh˘nosuke plays the role of the yakko Yumihei [casting].

May 2003: Band˘ Sh˘nosuke takes the name of Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ IV at the Kabukiza, playing the roles of Mizuno Jűr˘zaemon, the nyűd˘ Kashima Shinsai and a bonze in the dramas "Kiwametsuki Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ", "Shibaraku" and "Kappore".

March 2007: tour in Paris (France); Gonjűr˘ plays at the Palais Garnier the roles of Kataoka Hachir˘ and a retainer of Koremochi in the dance-dramas "Kanjinch˘" and "Momijigari", which celebrate the Ichikawa clan [more details].

January 2008: revival at the National Theatre of Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu"; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Fujiwara no Yoshifusa [more details].

March 2009: Kabuki adaptation by the famous stage director Ninagawa Yukio of Shakespeareĺs "Twelfth Night", which is entitled "Ninagawa Jűniya", from the 24th to the 28th of March 2009 in London (UK) at the Barbican Theater; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Amato Nyobei (Antonio) [more details]. The same play is staged with the same casting in June 2009 at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ and in July 2009 at the Sh˘chikuza.

January 2010: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei's long-forgotten drama "Keisei Kogane no Shachihoko", which was revised and entitled "Asahi-ni Kagayaku Kin no Shachihoko"; it was staged to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the establishment of the city of Nagoya; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of the Oda yakko Sehei [more details | casting].

January 2014: premiere at the National Theatre of "Sanzen Ry˘ Haru no Komahiki", a revival of Tatsuoka Mansaku's 1794 drama "Keisei Haru no Tori"; Gonjűr˘ plays the roles of Korean official Kan Ch˘kai and Asano Ch˘zaemon [more details].

January 2019: revival at the National Theatre of Namiki Gohei I's 1779 drama "Sode Nikki Banshű Meguri"; this Otowaya-powered revision was entitled "Himeji-j˘ Oto-ni Kiku Sono Ishizue"; Gonjűr˘ plays the role of Ushimado Jűnai [casting | more details].


Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ IV is a talented supporting actor who appeared a lot in TV dramas at the beginning of his career. He definitively went back to the Kabuki world in the middle of the eighties.

The mon of Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ IV

The Kawarasaki Gonjűr˘ line of actors

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