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Kasugano Yachiyo


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Name: Kasugano Yachiyo
Kanji: 春日野八千代
Current Troupe: n/a
Role: Otokoyaku
Status: Passed away while an active member.

Nickname: Yocchan, Ishii
Real Name: 石井 吉子 (Ishii Yoshiko)
Height: 162 cm
Birthday: November 12th, 1915
Death: August 29th, 2012
Blood Type:
Hometown: Kobe City, Ikuta Ward
Favorite Food: Chinese cuisine
Favorite Flower: Roses, and any other flower
Favorite Colors: White, beige, scarlet
Hobbies: Watercolors, calligraphy
Collections: Mini-helmets and mini-swords
Special Talent: Japanese dance
Origin of Stage Name: It means 'The forever-blooming spring' and is a Japanese idiom meaning everlasting beauty and peace. "Kasugano" is from his father's favourite biwa song, and "Yachiyo" is from the words of the National anthem 君が代 (Kimi ga Yo).
Favorite Role: Schubert, Lila's Flowers are Blooming; Rachiman in Love at Dal Lake; Kou'u in Gubijin; Hikaru Genji in Genji Monogatari, Hamlet in Hamlet, Yamada Nagamasa in Red Flowers falling in Menam.
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Class: 1928 (18th Class)
Debut: (1929) Spring Dance
Troupe History:
1950 - 2012 Senka
1939 - 1950 Snow Troupe
1938 - 1939 Flower Troupe
1936 - 1938 Snow Troupe (Acting)
1933 - 1936 Star Troupe
1930 - 1933 Senka (dance)
1929 - 1930 Moon Troupe

Roles

Senka
2004: Endless Flight (Flower)
2001: Ima Sumire Hana Saku (Moon)
1996: Hana wa Hana Nari (Flower)
1993: Houjushou (Star)
1992: Dance Festival (Flower)
1987: Takarazuka Dance Eulogy (Snow)
1985: Hana Mugen (Snow)
1984: Hanakuyou, Emperor Kotohito Gomizu
1981: Flowered Garment (Flower - Chunichi)
1980: Flowered Garment (Flower), Sanzaburo Nagoya
1977: Takarazuka Dance Masterpieces (Flower)
1975: Spring Nightingale Song (Moon), Mitsunobu (lead role)
1974: Yoshimitsu and Flower Princess (Flower)
1974: Ojou Kichiza of the Flower (Flower), Kodanji (lead role)
1973: Takarazuka Famous Song Selection (Flower)
1972: Someday We'll Meet (Star), Takayama Ukon (Dom Justo Takayama) (lead role)
1971: Flowers are Falling, Falling (Flower), Hikaru Genji (lead role)
1970: Seagulls! Crossing the Rough Sea (Moon), Artyom (lead role)
1970: Takarazuka EXPO'70: Four Seasons in Dance (Snow)
1970: Ibaraki Douji (Moon)
1969: Collected Okesa (Moon), Hanji
1969: Ebb Tide
1968: Red Flowers falling in Menam (Flower), Yamada Nagamasa (lead role)
1967: White Heron (Flower), Matsunami Teruyo (lead role)
1966: Capital River (Star)
1966: Japanese Illusions (Flower)
1965: Flowery Celestial Maidens From the Sea (Moon), Wakahiko (lead role)
1965: Kakyougaku (Moon)
1964: Japanese Melody (Moon)
1964: Houju (Star & Moon)
1964: Shangrila (Star), Dawar (lead role)
1964: Houju (Snow & Flower)
1964: Dancing Rhythm
1963: Even if the Phoenix Burns (Snow, Star), Nakaura Julian (lead role)
1962: Spider Princess / Glorious Takarasiennes (Flower, Star)
1962: The Millionaire Takes a Wife / The Tale of Katyusha (Star), Nekhlyudov/Kartinkin (lead role)
1962: Made in Nippon (Star)
1961: Disappearing Into the Desert (Snow), Jean Delanoi
1961: Misty Genji (Flower)
1960: Yamabuki / Splendor of a Thousand Beats (Star), Toshimitsu
1960: Burning Glacier (Flower, Star), Levin (lead role)
1959: Crescent Moon (Snow), Minamoto no Tametomo (lead role)
1959: Mt. Asama and the Lord / Love at Dal Lake, Lord Kunimochi, Rachiman (Moon) (lead role)
1959: Kappa in love / The Lady of the Camellias (Flower), Hanamaro / Armand (lead role)
1958: White Yamabuki (Star), Shunkou (lead role)
1958: Flower Feast (Star), Sakuramaru (lead role)
1958: Flower Feast (Snow), Sakuramaru (lead role)
1958: Empress Kōmyō (Star), Prince Nagaya (lead role)
1958: Beloved, Return to Me (Moon, Star), George (lead role)
1957: Yonosuke and the Seven Women (Star), Yonosuke (lead role)
1957: The Tale of Genji, Hikaru Genji (lead role)
1956: Woman of the Night Mist (Star)
1956: Indian Love Call (Moon), Jim Canyon
1956: Rosa Flamenca (Star), Antonio Montero (shared lead role with Sumi Hanayo)
1955: Kismet (Flower), Haroon (lead role)
1955: Yu the Beautiful (Star), Xiang Yu (lead role)
1955: A Snow Tale / Golden Muffler (Moon), Yukinosuke / Louis
1954: What's Your Name -A Tale of Love in Warsaw- (Flower), Julian Fontana (lead role)
1954: Love Parade (Star), Maurice
1954: Spring Dance -A Takarazuka Tale- (Star, Snow)
1954: Even If The Phoenix Burns
1954: The Donation List / Cheers for the humankind (Snow), Pierre
1953: A Vast Land of Roses (Star), Philippe Nolan
1953: Byakurenki (Star), Shinzaburou
1952: Turandot (Moon, Star), Karaf (lead role)
1952: The Tale of Genji, Hikaru Genji (Moon) (lead role)
1951: Hana no Fudoki (Snow)
1951: Yu the Beautiful, Xiang Yu (Flower) (lead role)
1951: Yu the Beautiful (Star), Xiang Yu
1951: Under the Southern Cross (Snow), Howard
1951: The White Flower's Elegy (Snow), Selim

Snow
1950: A Song to Call You, Giuliano
1950: Fox-fire / Hoffman's Tale, Hoffmann (lead role)
1949: Vienna Waltz, Strauss (lead role)
1949: Hamlet, Hamlet (lead role)
1948: Book of Night Cranes / Aloha 'Oe, Richard
1948: Yajikita's Joyful Journey / Two Faces, Shirai / Hel
1948: L'Arlésienne / Ginnojou's Greatest Achievment, Frédéri / Ginnojou (lead role)
1948: Soujunfuu / Tale of Venice, Bassanio
1947: Fune Benkei / Lila's Flowers are Blooming, Schubert
1947: Yamamitsu and Okuni / Shingon Night's Dream, Yamamitsu / Oberon
1947: Southern Sorrow / The World's Flowers, John Macredy (lead role)
1947: Omokage / Fine Romance, Vincent / Steve, Cesar
1946: Mazurka / Madame Butterfly, Evgeny Onegin / Pinkerton (lead role)
1946: Refreshing Breeze / The Little Mermaid, Student / Prince (lead role)
1946: Carmen / Spring Dance -Love's Dream-, Don Jose (lead role)
1944: The Subscription List / A Winged, Decisive Victory, Togashi Saemon / Lieutenant Ise
1943: The Toganoo Tale / The Maiden at Dojo Temple / Lotus Koto, Fujiwara Nobutaka / Toshima
1943: Children Of The Sun, Kaguya-hime (female role)
1943: The Wives of the Satou Brothers / The Navy, Tsugunobu's wife (female role)
1943: Growing Up / The Fight is Here / The Children of East Asia, Nobuyuki / a girl
1943: Always Shooting / The Peach Boy / Michinoku Song, Momotarou
1942: Journey to the West (Kitano Theater)
1942: Elegy for the Southern Dynasty / The Tale of Co Loa, Prince Trọng Thủy
1942: Hanawaka Revenge, Ozawa Tomofusa
1942: The Return Bridge / Pinocchio, Watanabe Kou / Cricket
1942: Lion Girl / Beijing
1941: Ferryboat / Yoshino Tadanobu / Takarazuka Kaguya-hime (with Kitano theater)
1941: Nanjou Doujouji / Song Beyond the Seas
1941: Harvest Song / Crescent Moon
1941: Ears, Mouth and Eyes / Mighty One / Sakura
1940: Red Cross Flag / Dreaming of the Past / Takarazuka Chuushingura (with Kitano theater)
1940: Kouyoushuu / Aiba Shingunka
1940: Red Cross Flag / Triumphant Call / Science Show
1940: Drum of the Mt. Fuji / Sights of Japan
1939: Fune Benkei / Kabuki Emaki (with Kitano theater), Minamoto-no Yoshitsune (lead role)
1939: Nihon Meikyoukushuu
1939: Tousei Yomeerabi / Yangzi
1939: Japanese Women / Funny Stories

Flower
1939: Nihon Rekishi Emaki, Katsura Kogorou
1939: American Tour
1938: Ibaragi
1938: Three Waltzes

Snow
1938: Kimura Enari's Wife, Kimura Enari (lead role)
1938: Fuun Nagasaki Jidai / Takarazuka Orchestra Girls
1938: Nobunaga Chronicles, Mori Ranmaru
1937: New Chuushingura (combined performance of the four troupes with Kitano theater), judge
1937: Yamabushi Torimachi / Eastern Glow
1937: Spring Dance / Briar Rose
1937: The Castle of the Red Rose, Moniquito
1936: Starlight Song / Ashikari Densetsu / Serenade
1936: Taifuusan / Fune Benkei / La Romance, Minamoto-no Yoshitsune (lead role)

Star
1936: Meiji Koudan / Keikibei and Rose Princess, Vivare
1935: The Archer / Marionette
1935: A Maiden from Asuka, Kunihiko
1935: Madame Payton, Payton
1935: Takara Sanbanshuu / Hey, Harriet / Light of the heart / Spring dance, Jenaro (soldier)
1934: Bride and Crown / Masterpiece / Drowned Bell / Melancholic Woman, Enrico
1934: Kenjou Daikon / Winner Medal
1934: Shoen Berlin, Paul
1933: Anegawa River Gossip / Paris Apache / Tenryugawa River / Romeo and Juliet, Yamashita Ukyo (in Anegawa River Gossip), Albert (in Paris Apache), Romeo (in Romeo and Juliet)
1933: Hanashishuu
1933: Yubiwa no yukikata / Nagurare Isha / Okuni Kabuki, Elbino
1933: Jeanne's Fan, Arist

Moon
1933: The Sword Thief / Sekishunfu / Totsukawa Girls / Kagamijishi / Paris ・ New York, Motome
1932: Service At Kyouran-bashi / The Sword Thief / Bouquet d'Amour
1932: Eight Faces of a Princess, Kaguya-hime
1930: Dance Olympic, ballet dancer
1929: Edo Local Songs / Pan Afernoon / The Demon at Ishibaji Temple / Cinderella, tekomai dancer (in Edo Local Songs)
1929: Sakura (Little Theater), 禿
1929: Circus / Collection of Rumoured Japanese Demons / Ripples on the Danube / Yaguchi Ferry / The Age of Talkies, evening dress chorus (in Circus), child, kitsune wedding procession (in Collection of Rumoured Japanese Demons), elevator boy, penguin, air balloon woman (in The Age of Talkies)

1929: The Armour-Pulling Scene / Circus / Domo Mata / Spring Dance (Snow), chorus of gentlemen (in Circus), spirit of sakura, torch dancer (in Spring Dance)
1929: Economical Wedding / Picture Stepping / Espada / Spring Dance (Flower), official (in Picture Stepping), spirit of sakura, woman from the capital, tiger moth (stand-in role) (in Spring Dance)

Concerts / Dinner Shows / Specials

2009: The Road to 100 Years
2008: 49th Takarazuka Buyoukai
2007: 48th Takarazuka Buyoukai
2007: Pure, Proper, Beautiful
2006: 47th Takarazuka Buyoukai
2005: 46th Takarazuka Buyoukai
1997: Adieu Tokyo Takarazuka Theater

Movies
1951: Jouen Ichidai Onna
1951: Genroku Tales
1952: Spring and Autumn in Yamashiro
1953: Kappa Rokujuuji

Other

  • Used to be a musumeyaku, but shortly after hatsubutai switched to otokoyaku because of her height.
  • It is difficult to say to which troupe she was assigned after hatsubutai, because she appeared in performances of all troupes (e.g., in Circus with Snow troupe in May, 1929, and then in Famous Edo Tales with Moon in September the same year, and then in Flower troupe Cinderella in October). She was transferred to Dance Senka in January, 1930 and has probably continued performing with all troupes until the Star troupe was created. It seems that even later she was not strictly assigned to any troupe at all, though performed mainly with Star in 30es and with Snow in 40es.
  • Did not perform for half a year in 1957 due to illness.
  • They say that her stage name was chosen by Hikita Ichirou, president of the Board of directors. Her father chose "Shikijima Michiko", but 'sienne refused to use it, calling it "disgusting".
  • Vice Troupe Leader of Snow from '40-'45; Troupe Leader from '45-'50.
  • One of the group of 'siennes who performed in China (specifically, Manchukuo) during WWII.
  • Was a member of the company's board of directors.
  • She was still a member of the company until her death of pneumonia on August 29th 2012. She was 96 years old. A public memorial service was held at Bow Hall on September 26, 2012
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