Attention: there are two ways to read the family name of these line of actors. The reading UEMURA is associated to the 17th and 18th centuries actors. The reading KAMIMURA is associated to the 20th and 21st centuries actors.


Uemura Kichiya I

The actor Uemura Kichiya I held this name from the 1660s to 1680.

Uemura Kichiya I (1680)

Uemura Kichiya II

The actor Uemura Kichiya II held this name from 1681 to the beginning of the 1690s.

Uemura Kichiya II (1693)

Uemura Kichiya III

The actor Uemura Kichiya III held this name from the beginning of the 1700s to the 6th lunar month of 1724.

Uemura Kichiya III playing the role of Aburaya Jűbŕ's spouse Okatsu in Yoshida R˘fu's kaomise drama "Aioi ďshimadai", which was staged in Ky˘to in the 11th lunar month of 1722 at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater

Uemura Kichiya IV
Uemura Kichiya IV  In Japanese

Uemura Kichiya IV was active in Nagoya in 1732 and 1733. He performed there as an onnagata actor and worked as a zamoto. We don't know whether or not he was a disciple of Uemura Kichiya III.

Kamimura Kichiya V
Kamimura Kichiya V  In Japanese | Ichikawa Ush˘ II  In Japanese | Nakamura Keinosuke  In Japanese

Born in the Prefecture of ďita in the city of Kitsuki the 13th of December 1909. He started his career as a disciple of Nakamura Keisha, a ji shibai actor, who gave him the name of Nakamura Keinosuke and trained him. He made his first stage appearance in January 1915 in Hakata, performing as an onnagata actor in the drama "Kagamiyama". He toured and traveled a lot in Kyűshű and in Kansai, where he became a disciple of Ichikawa Udanji II, who gave him the name of Ichikawa Ush˘ II in January 1933. He was finally allowed to take the long disused name of Kamimura Kichiya V in January 1947 at the ďsaka Kabukiza, where he performed in "Nakamura Ganjir˘", "Renjishi", "Meguru Idoshi Kaeru Karigane" and "Kioi Jishi". These dramas were part of a special program, which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Ganjir˘ II and commemorated the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of the passing away of Nakamura Ganjir˘ I. He received in 1989 the Order of the Rising Sun, gilt and silver (5th Class). He appeared on stage for the last time in July 1991 on tour in the western and eastern provinces, taking part in the k˘j˘ which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Ganjir˘ III. He died the 1st of January 1992. He was a talented Kamigata supporting onnagata actor, who started in ji shibai/tabi shibai and ended his career in ˘shibai, being one of the best fukeoyama. His most famous roles were Osawa in "Abura no Jigoku", Otoku in "Gapp˘", Okaya in "Kanpei Harakiri" and Ok˘ in "Hikimado".

Yag˘ Honmy˘
Miyoshiya T˘shima Sunao
Kamimura Kichiya VI

The actor Kamimura Kichiya VI is the current holder of the name since November 1993.

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