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Nakamura Toranosuke
中村虎之介
Born January 8, 1998 (1998-01-08) (age 12)
Other name(s) Narikomaya
Years active 2001 - present

Nakamura Toranosuke (中村虎之介 ?) (born 8 January 1998) is a Japanese kabuki actor, the first to bear the name. He is the eldest son of Nakamura Senjaku III and grandson of Sakata Tōjūrō IV.

He made his stage debut at the age of 3, in November 2001 at the Kabuki-za in Tokyo, playing the child Mitsumaru in Rōben Sugi no Yūrai; the story centers around a mother seeking to rescue her infant son, Mitsumaru, who was kidnapped by an eagle. Mitsumaru later grows up to be the great monk Rōben. He then went on to make his Osaka stage debut in January 2004, playing a monkey child in Kotobuki Utsubozaru.

The young actor formally took on the stage name Nakamura Toranosuke in January 2006, when he played the role of Senmatsu in Meiboku Sendai Hagi. Up until then he had performed under his birth name.

Toranosuke's crest (mon) is the kanji for "tiger" (虎, the tora in Toranosuke) inscribed within the outline of a sparrow (雀, the jaku in Senjaku).

References

  • Kabuki techō: Kabuki Official Data Book 2008. Nihon Haiyū Kyōkai (Japan Actors' Association). 2008: Tokyo. p184.

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