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~ a classic Kabuki Gidayu Reciter loved and respected by veteran actors ~

Born in Fukuoka in 1935; brought up in Yokohama
At the age of 21, initiated as shamisen player of Bunraku puppet show; later switched to reciter
Debuted in Kabuki-za theater in October 1974
Completed Takemoto Training Program as Member of Inaugural Class in 1978
Won National Theater Prize for his Performance in gChinsetsu Yumiharizukih in 1987
Appeared in gHeisei Nakamura-za theaterh led by Kanzaburo NAKAMURA; and attracted many younger fans
Member of the Organization for the Preservation of Kabuki; Member of the Gidayu Association; Instructor of the Training Course in the National Theater