Iwai Hanshirō V

1776 - 1847

Iwai Hanshirō V was a Japanese kabuki performer, known both for his own work and for his place in the lineage of a family of kabuki actors in Edo during the Edo period. He was the son of Iwai Hanshirō IV.
Iwai Hanshirō was a stage name with significant cultural and historical connotations.
In the conservative Kabuki world, stage names are passed from father to son in formal system which converts the kabuki stage name into a mark of accomplishment. This actor assumed the mantle of his father's stage name in 1804.
Lineage of Iwai stage names
Iwai Hanshirō I
Iwai Hanshirō II
Iwai Hanshirō III
Iwai Hanshirō IV
Iwai Hanshirō V
Iwai Hanshirō VI
Iwai Hanshirō VII
Iwai Hanshirō VIII
Iwai Hanshirō IX
Iwai Hanshirō X
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