Jakuemon NAKAMURA The Fourth (中村雀右衛門 (4代目))
Jakuemon NAKAMURA the Fourth (August 20, 1920 -) is an actor and Kabuki actor. His stage name is Kyoya. His Jomon (family crest) is Kyoya Musubi and his Kaemon (alternate personal crest) is Mukai Suzume. His real name is Kiyoharu AOKI.
As a youth, he appeared in many movies under the name of Tomoemon OTANI the Seventh and became quite popular.
He is an influential figure as an actor of female roles in today's Kabuki world. He is very popular for his youthful beauty, elegance and prestigious performance.
Both of his sons are also Kabuki actors. His older son, Tomoemon OTANI the Eighth, took over the trade name "Akashiya" and performs mainly as tachiyaku (a leading male-role actor). His younger son, Shibajaku NAKAMURA the Seventh, is the successor to Jakuemon's performance as an actor of female roles.
He is an only Kabuki actor appointed as a board member of Traditional Culture Broadcasting that manages 'Kabuki Channel' of CS broadcasting.
Chronological list of the main events
August 20, 1920:
He was born as the eldest son of Tomoemon OTANI the Sixth.
He went to the front.
He was discharged.
He came back to the stage as an actor of female roles, by playing the roles of Koman in "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki" and Oshu in "Gosho no Gorozo" at the Mitsukoshi Theater.
He succeeded to the name, Tomoemon OTANI (the Seventh) by playing the roles such as TAIRA no Atsumori in "Ogiya Kumagai " at the Tokyo Theatre.
He made his film debut in "Kojiro SASAKI."
He moved his center place for work, from Tokyo to Kansai area.
He succeeded to the name, Jakuemon NAKAMURA (the Fourth) by playing the roles such as Yukihime in "Kinkaku-ji Temple" at the Kabuki-za Theater.
He became a member of the Japan Art Academy.
He assumed the post of vice president at Japan Actor's Association.
He assumed the post of president at the Organization for the Preservation of Kabuki.
He became the president of Japan Actor's Association.
He was presented with the Order of Culture.
Record of winning awards
He received the Award of the Japan Art Academy.
- He received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon.
He received the grand prize of Mayama Seika Award.
He received Pola Grand Prize for Traditional Culture, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
He was accredited as the holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property.
He received the grand prize of Matsuo Prize of Entertainment.
He received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
He was accredited as Bunkakorosha (Person of Cultural Merits).
He received the Order of Culture.