TOKYO (AP) — Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, who helped boost the popularity of the traditional Japanese art form, has died. He was 57. The Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, where he performed regularly, said Kanzaburo — as he was known among the Japanese public — died early Wednesday of acute respiratory distress syndrome.One of Japan's most famous contemporary kabuki actors, Kanzaburo also played roles in film, TV and stage dramas.

TOKYO (AP) — Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, who helped boost the popularity of the traditional Japanese art form, has died. He was 57. The Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, where he performed regularly, said Kanzaburo — as he was known among the Japanese public — died early Wednesday of acute respiratory distress syndrome.One of Japan's most famous contemporary kabuki actors, Kanzaburo also played roles in film, TV and stage dramas.

Kanzaburo Nakamura/中村 勘三郎

Kanzaburo Nakamura/中村 勘三郎

Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki 歌舞伎

Japanese traditional theater, Kabuki 歌舞伎

『日本振袖始』中村勘九郎

『日本振袖始』中村勘九郎

Today, kabuki is the most popular of the traditional styles of Japanese drama—and its star actors often appear in television or film roles.

Today, kabuki is the most popular of the traditional styles of Japanese drama—and its star actors often appear in television or film roles.

『二人藤娘』中村七之助

『二人藤娘』中村七之助

kabuki *中村勘三郎*

kabuki *中村勘三郎*

kabuki

kabuki

Ichikawa Danjyuro - Sukeroku 成田屋 市川團十郎・市川海老蔵 公式Webサイト

Ichikawa Danjyuro - Sukeroku 成田屋 市川團十郎・市川海老蔵 公式Webサイト

中村勘三郎 - Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura

中村勘三郎 - Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura

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