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Ichikawa Ennosuke IV
November 26, 1975 (48)
Ichikawa Ennosuke IV, a prominent figure in Kabuki theatre, is renowned for his dynamic performances and innovative approach to traditional Japanese drama. He assumed the prestigious stage name ‘Ichikawa Ennosuke IV’ in 2012, continuing a legacy that dates back to the 19th century.
Ennosuke IV’s career is marked by significant roles in both traditional and modern Kabuki plays. He is particularly celebrated for his performances in plays like “Uiro Uri” and “Kagotsurube,” where his skill in the art of ‘onnagata’ (male actors playing female roles) and ‘tachiyaku’ (male lead roles) is evident. His involvement in film and television, including the NHK Taiga drama “Yae no Sakura” (2013), showcases his talent beyond the Kabuki stage, broadening his appeal and influence in Japanese culture.
Collaboration with other artists has been a cornerstone of Ennosuke IV’s career. He has worked with notable figures such as Nakamura Kankuro VI, Bando Tamasaburo V, and Onoe Kikunosuke V. These collaborations have not only enriched his performances but also contributed to the evolution of Kabuki theatre.
Ennosuke IV’s contributions to the arts have been recognized with several awards and honors. He received the prestigious Purple Ribbon Medal in 2019.