Stage names:

Onoe Kikujir˘ IV In Japanese
Band˘ Takesabur˘ IV In Japanese
Band˘ Kozuru In Japanese

Real name: Watanabe Yoshio

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: K˘giku

Existence: 29 September 1904 ~ 24 July 1981


Grandfather: Band˘ Hikojűr˘ I

Father: Band˘ Hikojűr˘ II

Master: Onoe Kikugor˘ VI

Brothers: Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV, Band˘ Takesabur˘ III

Adopted son: Band˘ Takesabur˘ V

Disciple: Onoe Yoshigor˘


29 September 1904: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Tsukiji.

April 1910: first stage appearance, at the Imperial Theater in T˘ky˘, where he received the name of Band˘ Kozuru and played the role of Kantar˘ in the drama "Shinjű Ten no Amijima".

June 1919: Band˘ Kozuru took the name of Band˘ Takesabur˘ IV at the Imperial Theater, performing in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki".

Beginning of the 1920s: he joined the troupe led by Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

May 1924: Takesabur˘ became nadai and celebrated the event at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Kokingo in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura". He also played a minor role in the dance "Musume D˘j˘ji", which starred his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI.

October 1935: Band˘ Takesabur˘ IV took the name of Onoe Kikujir˘ IV at the Kabukiza, playing the role of the wakaonnagata in the dance "Mitsu Ningy˘".

May 1938: Kikujir˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Tonami in "Terakoya"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ VI (Genz˘), Nakamura Kichiemon I (Matsu˘maru) and Sawamura Tossh˘ IV (Chiyo).

1940s: Kikujir˘ joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Ennosuke II.

10 July 1949: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ VI died.

1949: Kikujir˘ joined the ďsaka Sh˘chiku Company and settled in Ky˘to.

March 1958: Kikujir˘ took part in the final Kabuki performance at the ďsaka Kabukiza [more details].

17 October 1960: his younger brother Nakamura Tomijűr˘ IV died.

March 1976: Kikujir˘ played for the last time the role of Mimy˘ in the drama "Moritsuna Jin'ya, which was staged at the Kabukiza.

April 1976: the National Theatre produced the revival in 5 acts and 9 scenes of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Kikujir˘ played the role of Osai [casting].

May 1978: Kikujir˘ plays for the last time the role of Soga no Mank˘ in the drama "Sukeroku", which was staged at the Minamiza; the role of Sukeroku was played by Ichikawa Ennosuke III.

January 1981: Kikujir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, at the Nakaza, where he played the role of Kawachiya Osh˘ in the drama "Kawash˘"; his stage partners were Nakamura Senjaku II (Kamiya Jihŕ), Kataoka Hidetar˘ II (Kinokuniya Koharu) and Kataoka Nizaemon XIII (Magoemon).

24 July 1981: Kikujir˘ died.


Onoe Kikujir˘ IV was a major supporting onnagata actor of the Kamigata Kabuki from the 1950s to the end of the 1970s. His most notable roles were Mimy˘ ("Moritsuna Jin'ya"), Tonami ("Terakoya"), Soga no Mank˘ ("Sukeroku") and Oen ("Fűin Giri"). He was also very good in some male roles like Minamoto no Yoshitsune in "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

Onoe Kikujir˘ IV playing the role of Misao in the drama "Ehon Taik˘ki", which was staged in October 1940 at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘

The Band˘ Takesabur˘ line of actors

The Onoe Kikujir˘ line of actors

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