Naojiro Takeda/Kioto

1886 born in Kyoto, Japan

1903 May onwards performing in Britain – Kioto variously described as a gymnast, speciality artiste, contortionist, equilibrist, acrobat, hand balancer, Japanese youth.

1904 – 5 – N.T. Kioto mainly described as a Japanese equilibrist

1906 June – Naojiro Takeda Rioto (sic) Japanese equilibrist takes advertisement in The Era with Rene Walter Owen (possibly a soldier in the Royal Artillery) to say that “slanderous statements have been and are circulating concerning us” and anyone found spreading statements reflecting upon their characters and reputations will have proceedings taken out against them.

Continues performing as N.T. Kioto to 1909

1910 January – Kioto and Esa (Eisaburo Hirukawa), Japanese equilibrists – through to September 1911

1911 April Census N.T. Kioto staying with Hirukawas in Everton

1912 Performing solo again.

1913 February – “really marvellous little Oriental is Kioto, the Japanese equilibrist” Kioto and Copeland, Japanese performers – J. Copeland is his dancing assistant. An expert clog dancer. To October.

1914 June – November – Kioto Variety trio

1915 May advertises in The Era – Kioto Variety trio – N.T. Kioto production

1916 solo again “Kioto, the Japanese equilibrist, performed wonderful tricks of self balancing on bricks and pyramids, all in hushed silence”

1917 continues performing solo assisted by J. Dale

1918 marries Rene du Rocher, another music hall artist

1919 Naojiro and Rene have a daughter, Yuri Takeda, born in Chorlton, Lancashire

1921 March – Lavinia born to Najiro and Rene in Chorlton, Lancashire.

1927 July – Naojiro imprisoned for 60 days for theft of £200 in Glasgow. Recommended for deportation.

£200 THEFT FROM DANCER. JAP’S AMAZING OFFER: “CAN MY LIFE REPAY?” Glasgow, Saturday. That an actress carried in an attache case her savings of £300 was revealed in Glasgow Sheriff Court, when a Japanese acrobat was charged with the theft of £200 of the money.

The man, Nao Jiro Takeda (40), who said he had burnt most of the stolen money, was staying lodgings in Craignestock Place, Glasgow. There came to reside there a dancer, Miss Dessie Desmond. She had with her attache-case containing over £300, and had not been long in the house before she found that £30 was missing from her case, and shortly afterwards a further £170 also vanished.

When taxed with the theft, the Japanese denied all knowledge of the missing money, and expressed great sorrow to Miss Desmond about her loss.

Then came the discovery of £90 lying the floor of the hall outside Miss Desmond’s room door. Hie police were informed, and, on Takeda confessing later that he was the thief, he was arrested.

Missing Ten Pound Notes.

Miss Desmond, who comes from Nottingham, but has played for six years in Glasgow, told a “Sunday Post” representative that she never suspected Takeda, and was quite deceived by his perfect manners, and the sympathy he displayed.

” A few days after I came to the house, I was rather annoyed to find that Takeda seemed to be watching closely. Every time I left the house, I saw him looking at me from his window.

” The first time I noticed anything wrong was one night the week-end after I had been working at the theatre. I had just put my takings into attache-case along with the other money I had saved, and when I opened my bag to take note of cash I found that three ten-pound notes were missing.

” I was worried at the time, but I did not say anything about it, as I thought that I might have made some mistake in making up my accounts. A few days later I got the biggest shock of life —£170 was missing. “

“Even then I did not believe that Takeda was the thief. He said that it was a great loss to have, and was very kind. My landlady was not so sure about the man, and said loudly for Takeda’s benefit, ‘ If the person that, took the money returns it, the police won’t need to be called in.’ ” Takeda did not say anything to this. Then one day my landlady came to me and showed me bundle of notes that she had found in the hall near my door.

Dramatic Confession.

” I knew for certain that Takeda had taken my money, and I went to the police and reported the matter. They came later to the house, and went away.

As soon as they had gone, Takeda came to me in my room. He was in state of great excitement, and falling on his knees in front of me he said, ‘Oh, Miss Desmond, I did take the money. Can life repay you ?’ He told me that he had been gambling, and that he had burnt some of the money. He really was genuinely sorry for what had done, and I would have taken no action against him if I could have helped it, but it was too late.” Takeda, who is at present unemployed, replied to the charge, ” I confess everything.” He is a married man with two children. His wife is believed to be British. Sentence of sixty days’ imprisonment was imposed. Accused was also recommended for deportation. (Sunday Post, 17 July 1927 p 5)

1939 Rene Takeda living in Wandsworth, working as an icecream saleswoman with Yuri and Lavinia, both milliners. No record of Naojiro.

Rene later changed her surname by deed poll to Evans. May have moved to Canada.

1940 Yuri married Norman Burrell, had two children.

Lavinia married Charles Gaisford (no record found)

1974 Rene and Lavinia die

2016 Yuri dies