Kamiyo Nishiki


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Picture Credit: Otome 1979 / Gubijin (1951) Bromide

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Name: Kamiyo Nishiki
Kanji: 神代 錦 (formerly 神代 錦, then 嘉美代錦)
Current Troupe: n/a
Role: Otokoyaku
Status: Retired Star (passed away, kumichou)

Nickname: Ina-chan, Shizui-chan, Inago, Chago-chan
Real Name: 稲垣静子 (Inagaki Shizuko)
Height: 164 cm
Birthday: March 18, 1917
Death: February 23, 1989
Blood Type:
Hometown: Kurayoshi, Tottori
Favorite Food: coffee, sweets
Favorite Flower: everything, especially roses
Favorite Colors: red, pink, purple, black, white
Hobbies: hand-made, reading
Special Talent:
Origin of Stage Name: from poem by Sugawara-no Michizane: このたびは幣も取りあへず手向山紅葉の錦神のまにまに - "Today I have nothing to offer to gods (kami); let red autumn leaves falling from the trees on Tamuki mountain serve as a precious brocade (nishiki)".
Favorite Role: Ryuuhou from Gubijin, Kagekiyo from The Sailing Woman, Henric Kulakovsky from Your Name
Would Like to Try Playing:

Class: 1929 (19th Class)
Debut: (1930) Spring Dance
Troupe History:
1951 - 1989 Senka (theater)
1948 - 1951 Star Troupe
YEAR - 1948 Flower Troupe
YEAR - YEAR Flower Troupe (Acting)
YEAR - YEAR Moon Troupe (Acting)
YEAR - YEAR Snow Troupe
YEAR - YEAR Dance Senka
YEAR - YEAR Japanese Dance Senka
1930 - YEAR Unknown


1984: Hanakuyou (Senka - Bow Hall), Kasugano Tsubone
1981: The Viking of Capri / The Big Apple (Moon), Rodrigo Hauteville
1978: Prince Hayabusawake's Rebellion / Love Message (Moon), Oosazaki no Ookimi
1978: Gone With the Wind (Snow), Gerald O'Hara / Mrs. Meade
1975: The Rose of Versailles: Andre and Oscar (Flower), Countess de Polignac
1974: Young Lion, Shake Your Mane (Snow), Matsudaira Katamori
1973: This Boundless Love (Flower), Benkei / Chenghui of Wanyan
1972-73: Beautiful Young Warrior (Star), Hitachibou Kaison
1972: Sorrowful Nile (Flower - Tokyo), Amenhotef
1972: Sorrowful Nile (Flower - Grand Theater), Amenhotef
1971: Crimson and White Plum Blossoms / Singer's Singer (Snow), Suketsune
1970: Seagulls! Crossing the Rough Sea (Moon), Prasat Thong
1970: Takarazuka Expo '70: Flower of Takarazuka (Snow - Grand Theater)
1969: Red Flowers Fall in Menam / Hollywood Musical (Flower), Karaphom
1969: Festival / Hamlet (Snow), Claudius
1969: Three Generations of Dance (Moon), Mitsuharu
1968: Red Flowers Fall in Menam / Sea Ballade (Flower), Karaphom
1968: Three Generation of Dance (Moon), Mitsuharu
1967: Farewell, My Youth / One Boy (Star), Gregory Werner
1966: The Capital's River / Three Bridegrooms / When Two People Meet
1965: Kakyougaku / Bon Bien Paris
1964: Shangrila (Star - Grand Theater), Dawar
1964: Shangrila (Star - Tokyo), Dorju
1963: Highway Blues / Like the Burning Wings of a Phoenix
1962: The Emperor and the Witch (Flower), Weizi Qi
1962: South Japan / Carmen on the Caribbean (Snow), Garsia
1961: A Tale of a Castle Tower / Les Saltimbanques (Moon), Susuki
1960: A Tale of a Castle Tower / Show Is On (Moon)
1959: Love at Dal Lake (Moon), Indira
1959: Princess Kuroaza and the Charcoal Maker (Star), Kinugasa
1958: Lover, Come Back to Me / Flower Poetry Anthology (Star)
1958: Congratulatory Picture Scrolls of the New Year / Lover, Come Back to Me (Moon)
1957: Boating Woman / Manhattan Tale (Moon)
1957: Takarazuka Dance Scrolls (Flower)
1956: Sisters of the Storm / The Tale of Miyuki / Christmas Holiday (Moon)
1955: Yu the Beautiful (Star), Liu Bang
1955: Kismet (Flower), Mansuur
1954: Elegy of Autumn (Moon), Abe Yasuna
1954: The Subscription List (Snow)
1953: Benkei in a Boat / The Land of Roses (Star), Malcolm
1953: The Dropped Gift / New York Fantasia (Star - Imperial Theater), Takaramochi-no-shin
1953: A Woman's Life (Star - Imperial/Nagoya), Matsuno
1952: Turandot (Moon), Barak
1952: The Tale of Genji / Broadway (Flower), Tou no Chuujou / Monologue Gentleman
1951: Yu the Beautiful (Flower), Liu Bang
1951: Yu the Beautiful (Star), Liu Bang
1950: Montecarlo Wedding / Romeo and Juliet (Star - Nagoya), Mr. Pool / Friar Laurence
1950: Montecarlo Wedding / Liliom
1949: Yumedono / Sweet Silvie (Star)
1949: The Three Cripples (Star)
1949: Takayama Ukon (Snow)
1949: Takayama Ukon (Star)
1949: Dragon Lady (Star)
1948: Rustic Genji (Flower), Rokujou Haven
1948: Carrying a Letter / Rainbow Songs, Princess / Robert
1947: Suou Otoshi / Mon Paris, Daimyo
1947: Fine Romance, Wilhelm
1946: The Rose of Granada / Takarazuka Folies / Autumn-Leaf Viewing (Nagoya), Queen Rosalia / Young Man / Gentleman / Taira no Koremochi
1946: The Rose of Granada / Summer Dances, Queen Rosalia
1946: Autumn-Leaf Viewing / Sentimental Journey (Flower), Taira no Koremochi / Christine
1943: The Second Soldier (Flower), Dorm Head
1942: First North-Eastern China Tour
1941: Hungarian Rhapsody
1937: Cheerful Sendoff for Soldiers Going to the Front / Reizei Tamechika / Mt. Asama / Hawaii・New York, Iwitsriki
1936: The Lord Steward Umbrella / La Romance, Mountain Priest / Morley
1935: Il Est Charmant / The Queen of the Waltz (Snow), Dantes / Nicco
1934: Pardon Monsieur / Princess Turandot (Flower), boy
1932: Bouquet d'Amour (Moon)

Shinjin Kouen Roles

YEAR: Name of Performance, Name of Role

Concerts / Dinner Shows / Special Performances

1948: Adieu '48
1942: First North-Eastern China Tour


  • Kumichou of Flower Troupe, 1943 - 1948.
  • Kumichou of Star Troupe, 1948 - 1951.
  • Takasago Matsuko (3rd Class) is her older sister, and Yoyogi Yukari (26th Class) is her niece.
  • Her name spelling was originally 神代 錦 but then she had to change in to 嘉美代錦 (between 1940 and 1944; the word kami is written not as god, but as joyful beauty). The reason is that, after the World War II began, almost all stage names including "sacred" words such as god, Emperor, palace, sword, motherland and so on were forbidden as disrespectful. There were many siennes who had to change their stage names, among them Kuni Kyouko (to Kumi Kyouko), Mitsurugi Keiko (to Mitsuru Keiko), Masamikado Aiko (to Masami Aiko), Kamikaze Isuzu (to Asakaze Isuzu) and others. However, Kamiyo Nishiki changed her name spelling back to 神代 錦 after war.
  • Received the name 藤間松左 (Fujima Matsusa) for her talent in Japanese dance.
  • As an underclassman and in the pre-war days, she was known as a talented dancer.
  • Following the war, she was known as a worthy match to Kasugano Yachiyo, on and off the stage. After being transferred to Senka in 1951, she frequently starred alongside Kasugano and said that Kasugano was her best friend.
  • Received National Arts Festival Award in 1961.
  • In 1965 she made a guest appearance in Toho Kabuki with Azusa Mayumi and Minami Yuuko.
  • She became a member of the Board of Directors in 1973, and continued to occasionally perform on stage through 1984.
  • In 1985, she stopped performing due to ailing health (in particular, problems with her legs).
  • She passed away on February 23, 1989, 71 years old and still a member of Takarazuka.