Nakamura Kankurō VI

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Nakamura Kankurō VI
六代目 中村 勘九郎
BornMasayuki Namino[1]
(1981-10-31) 31 October 1981 (age 37)
Tokyo, Japan
Other namesNakamuraya
Spouse(s)Ai Maeda

Nakamura Kankurō VI (六代目 中村 勘九郎, Rokudaime Nakamura Kankurō) (b. 31 October 1981) is a Japanese kabuki, television, and film actor. Born Masayuki Namino (波野 雅行, Namino Masayuki),[1] he is the eldest son of actor Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, and brother to Nakamura Shichinosuke II.

Names and lineage[edit]

Kankurō is a member of the acting guild Nakamura-ya and son of the celebrated Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII. His younger brother, Shichinosuke II, also currently performs kabuki. Their 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 Kankurō" is a yagō or stage name.

Life and career[edit]

Kankurō 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 Nakamura Kantarō II at the age of six, playing alongside his younger brother as the title characters in Kadon de futari Momotarō ("The Two Momotarō Leave Home") at the Kabuki-za.

The year 2000 marked the 12th anniversary of the death of Kankurō's grandfather, actor Nakamura Kanzaburō XVII. Kankurō 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, Kankurō performed alongside the great onnagata Bandō Tamasaburō V.

Like his brother, and many other kabuki actors today, Kankurō also works in television and film. In 2004, he played Tōdō Heisuke in the NHK Taiga drama Shinsengumi!, reprising the role two years later in a historical television documentary. Kankurō currently narrates a TBS documentary program on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and starred in the 2001 Japanese film Turn and 2009 film Zen, in which he played the monk Dōgen. He has also featured in a number of television dramas and other programs.

In February 2012, he received the name Nakamura Kankurō VI, following his father, who had performed under the name Kankurō V for almost forty-six years.




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  1. ^ a b While the stage names of all kabuki actors have retained traditional order (Surname-Givenname) on Wikipedia, birth names of those born after the Meiji Restoration are in Western order (Givenname-Surname).