October 11, 2011

JAPAN: Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan dies at 83

TOKYO / The Japan Times / Life in Japan / October 11, 2011

Kabuki onnagata Nakamura Shikan, a living national treasure known for his classical and elegant female roles, died Monday of lung failure at a Tokyo hospital. He was 83, Kyodo reports.

A grandson of Nakamura Utaemon V, who won fame for his onnagata roles in the early 20th century, Nakamura Shikan made his debut in 1933 at the age of 5 as Nakamura Kotaro. He became the seventh Nakamura Shikan in 1967.

After receiving an award from the Japan Art Academy and the government's Medal with Purple Ribbon, he was recognized as a national treasure in 1996, a Person of Cultural Merit in 2006 and headed the Japan Actors' Association from 2008.

His sons are Nakamura Fukusuke and Hashinosuke, and his son-in-law is Nakamura Kanzaburo.

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