MATSUMOTO KOJIRď I

Stage names:

Matsumoto Kojir˘ I In Japanese
Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ I In Japanese

Guild: K˘raiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Nansh˘

Existence: ???

Connection:

Masters: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II

Career:

Beginning of the 1750s: he became disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and received the name of Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1759: Hidejűr˘ makes his debuts on stage in the 11th lunar month at the Moritaza, performing as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Toki Tsukaze Heike Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1769: Hidejűr˘ became katakiyaku and plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Nitta no Shir˘ in the new year drama "Soga Moy˘ Aigo no Wakamatsu".

11th lunar month of 1773: he became jitsuaku and took the name of Matsumoto Kojir˘ I at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Sumida Kurando Yukitsuna in the kaomise drama "Kaeri Kiso Kigoto no Hatsumono", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1774: Kojir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1777: Kojir˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Chigo Torii Tobiiri Kitsune".

1st lunar month of 1778: Kojir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

25th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1778 [1]: his first master Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III (Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II) died in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1778: Kojir˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Sakimasuya Ume no Kachidoki".

11th lunar month of 1779: Kojir˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Mori Sakae Kusunoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ III and Segawa Otome.

11th lunar month of 1780: Kojir˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kite Kaeru Nishiki no Wakayaka".

11th lunar month of 1781: Kojir˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Tonoi no Kisewata".

11th lunar month of 1784: Kojir˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Sakura-ga-Mine Tennyo no Yomeiri".

11th lunar month of 1786: Kojir˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kumoi no Hana Yoshino no Wakamusha", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Arashi Murajir˘ and starred Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III, ďtani Hiroji III, Onoe Matsusuke I, Osagawa Tsuneyo II, Sanogawa Ichimatsu III, Nakajima Kanzaemon III and Band˘ Matatar˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1787: Kojir˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Yukimizuki Eiga Hana no Hachinoki", which celebrated the shűmei of ďtani Oniji III.

11th lunar month of 1788: Kojir˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1789: Kojir˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu".

11th lunar month of 1791: Kojir˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nidai Genji Oshi no G˘kyű".

1st lunar month of 1792: Kojir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Matsumoto Kojir˘ I was active in Edo from the H˘reki era to the Bunsei era. He was a katakiyaku/jitsuaku supporting actor. He did not achieve stardom (his best ranking was j˘-j˘-hankichi) but he spent a long career serving with efficiency several generations of Masters of the K˘raiya guild. In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", Matsumoto Kojir˘ I and Matsumoto Kojir˘ II were fused into one actor named Matsumoto Kojir˘, who was active from the beginning of the 1750s to 1826. We've decided to fix it and to record two different actors instead of one.

[1] The 25th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 7th year of the An'ei era was the 23rd of March 1778 in the western calendar.

Matsumoto Kojir˘ I (left), Sawamura Shirogor˘ I (center) and Ikushima Daikichi IV (right) performing in the kaomise drama "Sakimasuya Ume no Kachidoki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1778 at the Ichimuraza

The Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ line of actors

 
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