Kataoka Hidetaro, a Kabuki actor and living national treasure in Japan, has died of persistent obstructive pulmonary condition, Shochiku Co., a producer of Kabuki performances, explained Thursday. He was 79.
Hidetaro, who died at his household in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on Sunday, was born as the next son of the well known Kabuki actor Kataoka Nizaemon XIII. He grew up in a single of the most prestigious Kabuki households Matsushimaya with his brothers Gato and Nizaemon XV, the latter also a residing countrywide treasure.
File photo displays Kabuki actor Kataoka Hidetaro at an Osaka hotel in July 2019. (Kyodo)
Well-known Kabuki actor Kataoka Ainosuke is his adopted son.
Hidetaro created his stage debut in 1946 and later on produced his identify as a excellent onnagata, a male actor who specializes in woman roles, as he excelled in actively playing a wide wide variety of ladies together with prostitutes and housewives, and from youthful to old.
He was known as a champion of the Kamigata fashion of performing originating in the Kyoto and Osaka location, and passed on a tradition unique from Kabuki in Tokyo to more youthful actors.
At the Shochiku Kamigata Kabuki college opened in 1997, Hidetaro taught Kabuki acting for youth from everyday households in the Kansai location in western Japan. He also taught the fundamentals of onnagata acting at a university for youngsters in the Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo.
His last functionality was at the Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto in December as Girl Fuji in “Kumagai Jinya.”
Hidetaro was specified as a living countrywide treasure in 2019 and obtained the Order of the Increasing Sunlight, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2021.