Namiko Hatsuse

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Nami-ko Hatsuse, from a 1914 publication.

Namiko Hatsuse (August 1889-1951), also seen as Nami-ko Hatsuse and Hatsuse Namiko, was the stage name of a Japanese actress, born Hideko Iwao.

Early life and education[edit]

Hideko Iwao was born in Tokyo, the daughter of Tosui Iwao.[1] As Namiko Hatsuse, she was one of the first graduates of Kawakami Sadayakko's Actress Training Institute.[2]


Hatsuse specialized shingeki style acting in modern and Western dramas on the Tokyo stage. She was part of the Imperial Theatre Troupe.[3] Her roles included one of the sisters in Maurice Maeterlinck's The Death of Tintagiles (1912),[4] the young wife in Bjornstjerne Bjornson's The Newly Married Couple,[5] and Karaginu in The Treachery of Terutora (1913).[6] She played the koto in character in The Treachery of Terutora.[7] She was also recognized for roles in Shakespeare adaptations,[8] including Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor.[9][10] She also appeared in the film Les Larmes d'une femme (1937) directed by Mikio Naruse.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Namiko Hatsuse died in 1951, aged 62 years.


  1. ^ Shunjiro Kurita, Who's Who in Japan 1913 (1913): 148. via Archive.orgopen access publication – free to read
  2. ^ M. Tian, Mei Lanfang and the Twentieth-Century International Stage: Chinese Theatre Placed and Displaced (Springer 2012). ISBN 9781137010438
  3. ^ Adachi Kinnosuke, "The West Enters Japan's Stage" New York Times (December 26, 1926): SM15. via ProQuest
  4. ^ Z. Kincaid, "Leading Actresses of Japan" Theatre Magazine (July 1914): 31.
  5. ^ James R. Brandon, "Kabuki and Shakespeare: Balancing Yin and Yang" TDR 43(2)(Summer 1999): 35. via JStor
  6. ^ George Washington Brown, "Music in the Orient" The National Magazine (February 1914): 954.
  7. ^ Walter S. McBride, "Japan and Modern Drama" Overland Monthly (April 1914): 335.
  8. ^ "Shakespeare in Japanese Theatres" Oakland Tribune (July 1, 1914): 10. via Newspapers.comopen access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Pretty Japanese Girls Winning Honors on the Stage" Buffalo Sunday Morning News (July 13, 1913): 14. via Newspapers.comopen access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Green Room Gossip" Punch (October 3, 1912): 38. via Troveopen access publication – free to read
  11. ^ Les Larmes d'une femme (1937, dir. Mikio Naruse), at Allocine.