Stage names:

Kataoka Hidetarô II
Kataoka Yoshihito

Real name: Kataoka Yoshihito

Guild: Matsushimaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Birthday: 13 September 1941


Father: Kataoka Nizaemon XIII

Brothers: Kataoka Gatô V, Kataoka Nizaemon XV

Adopted son: Kataoka Ainosuke VI


October 1946: he makes his first appearance on stage, at the Minamiza, playing under his real name a kamuro role in the drama "Kuruwa Bunshô".

March 1956: Kataoka Yoshihito takes the name of Kataoka Hidetarô II at the Ôsaka Kabukiza, playing the role of Namiji in the drama "Kôchiyama".

March 1958: Hidetarô takes part in the final Kabuki performance at the Ôsaka Kabukiza [more details].

November 1966: opening ceremony of the National Theatre in Tôkyô with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; Hidetarô plays the role of Princess Kariya [casting].

April 1967: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Yari no Gonza Kasane Katabira"; Hidetarô plays the role of Bannojô's sister and Gonza's betrothed Oyuki [casting].

May 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi" to commemorate the 249th anniversary (250th memorial service) of the playwright; Hidetarô plays the role of Ofuji [casting].

March 1981: revival at the National Theatre of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Jitsugetsusei Kyôwa Seidan"; Hidetarô plays the role of Rokubê's daughter Okoro [casting].

24 March 1999: Hidetarô is tied up and robbed by three people who break into his home in Suita, Ôsaka Prefecture. The three men threaten the 57-year-old actor with a knife and rob him of about 300,000 JPY. Hidetarô is fortunately uninjured.

August 2008: 1st Kabuki program with Kataoka Ainosuke as zagashira at the Eirakukan, a renovated traditional theater built in the city of Toyooka (prefecture of Hyôgo) [more details].

October 2014: the October Grand Kabuki at the Kabukiza commemorates the 26th anniversary (27th memorial service) and the 2nd anniversary (3rd memorial service) of late Nakamura Kanzaburô XVII and late Nakamura Kanzaburô XVIII [more details].


Kataoka Hidetarô II is an excellent onnagata and nimaime actor, trained in the great tradition of the Kamigata Kabuki.

The mon of Kataoka Hidetarô II

The Kataoka Hidetarô line of actors

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