(b. 31 October 1981) is a Japanese kabuki
, television, and film actor. Born , he is the eldest son of actor Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII
, and brother to Nakamura Shichinosuke II
Names and Lineage
A member of the acting guild Nakamura-ya, Kantarō's younger brother Shichinosuke II and father Kanzaburō XVIII currently perform kabuki, and his family can trace their lineage back, within the kabuki world, at least seven generations, to Onoe Kikugorō III
and Ichimura Uzaemon XI
, who performed in the early 19th century. As is the case with the names of all kabuki actors, "Nakamura Kantarō" is a yagō
or stage name.
Life and career
Kantarō made his first appearance on stage at the age of two, in a kokata
monk role at the Kabuki-za
. He formally received the name Kantarō at the age of six, playing alongside his younger brother as the title characters in Ninin Momotarō
("The Two Momotarō
") at the Kabuki-za.
The year 2000 marked the 12th anniversary of the death of Kantarō's grandfather, actor Nakamura Kanzaburō XVII
. Kantarō enjoyed the honor of playing the role of the elder shishi
in the commemorative lion dance
performance. The following year, he performed in the Renjishi
lion dance, along with his brother and father, as part of a New Year's
celebration. A temporary stage was set up on the beach at Naruto
, near Tokyo.
Playing for the first time the role of Konami in the famous play Kanadehon Chūshingura
in March 2001,... Read More