MATSUMOTO KďSHIRď I

Stage names:

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I In Japanese
Matsumoto Koshir˘ In Japanese
Hisamatsu Koshir˘ In Japanese

Guild: Yamatoya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Omegawa, Omigawa

Existence: 1674 ~ 25th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1730 [1]

Connections:

Master: Hisamatsu Tashir˘

Adopted son: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV)

Career:

1674 ~ 1694: born in the province of Shim˘sa. He started his career at an unknown date as a disciple of the actor Hisamatsu Tashir˘, who gave him the name of Hisamatsu Koshir˘ and trained him in wakaonnagata roles.

1694: he took the name of Matsumoto Koshir˘ and performed wakashugata roles.

1699: Koshir˘ became tachiyaku and started to act in the aragoto style, created by the Edo star Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1706: Koshir˘ achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the role of Hayata in the kaomise drama "Uji Genji Yumihari-zuki".

11th lunar month of 1708: Koshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki". Koshir˘ also cofinanced with Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV the erection of a commemorative stone dedicated to the Soga brothers in the precinct of the Komagome Fuji Shrine.

11th lunar month of 1710: Koshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which celebrated the shűmei of Takii Hanshir˘ and welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Kirinami Takie.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Koshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1711: Koshir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Aoto Saemon in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Katoku Biraki".

3rd lunar month of 1712: Koshir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

1st lunar month of 1713: Koshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Watanabe Minbu Hayatomo in the new year drama "Taihei Onna Imagawa".

11th lunar month of 1713: Koshir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Kuryű Saemon in the kaomise drama "Onna Kusunoki Taiheiki".

11th lunar month of 1714: Koshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Enman Taiheiki", which welcomed in Edo the actor Wakabayashi Shirogor˘; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV, Hayakawa Dengor˘, Asao Jűjir˘ I, Yamashita Karumo and Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Koshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna in the kaomise drama "Banzei Onna Hachinoki".

5th lunar month of 1716: a son of the Sh˘gun received the same first name as the actor; Koshir˘ has to change his first name to K˘shir˘:

Koshir˘ K˘shir˘
小四郎 幸四郎

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11th lunar month of 1716: Koshir˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Ukishima Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri Miyako no Tsunagi Uma".

2nd lunar month of 1717: Koshir˘ played in the same theater the role of Awazu Rokur˘ in the new year drama "Meiken Sumidagawa".

5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" was produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This was the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It was produced at the Moritaza under the title "Kokusen'ya Gojitsu Gassen"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Wat˘nai [more details].

11th lunar month of 1717: K˘shir˘ achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki H˘nen Mitsugimono".

11th lunar month of 1718: Koshir˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Kamakura Gongor˘ Kagemasa in the kaomise drama "Zenkunen Yoroi Kurabe"; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘, ďtani Hiroemon I, Mizuki Takejűr˘, Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Ichikawa Monnosuke I, Asao Jűjir˘ I and Tamazawa Rin'ya.

11th lunar month of 1719: Koshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of ďe no Saemon [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Tategami Teika Kazura", which celebrated the shűmei of Tsuruya Nanboku I and Nanboku Magotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1720: Koshir˘ played in the same theater the roles of Oni˘ Shinzaemon and Aburaya Kizaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Kamanari Nigiwai Soga".

11th lunar month of 1720: Koshir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Watanabe Minbu Hayatomo [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Kodakara Imagawaj˘", which celebrated the shűmei of Yamanaka Takejűr˘.

1st lunar month of 1721: Koshir˘ played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Tsurukame Wakayagi Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune were played by Yamanaka Takejűr˘, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1721: K˘shir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Ni˘ no Sabur˘ [illustration] in the kaomise drama "Kichirei Imagawaj˘".

11th lunar month of 1722: K˘shir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Kawazu Sabur˘ in the kaomise drama "Hinazuru Katoku Soga".

1st lunar month of 1723 K˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Manazuru Kaz˘ Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune and Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari were played by Yamanaka Heikur˘ I and Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1723: K˘shir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna in the kaomise drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which celebrated the arrival at the Nakamuraza of the Kamigata actors Yamashita Kinsaku I and Sanogawa Senz˘.

1st lunar month of 1724: K˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of the farmer Yajihei, in reality Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna, in the new year drama "Matsu Kazari Kamakura Biraki".

3rd lunar month of 1724: K˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Awazu Rokur˘ in the drama "Irifune Sumidagawa".

11th lunar month of 1724: K˘shir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Akamatsu Mushanosuke in the kaomise program "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki"; his main stage partners were Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

11th lunar month of 1725: K˘shir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Got˘ Saemon in the kaomise drama "Oguri Ch˘seiden", whose plot and characters belonged to the "Oguri Hangan" world.

1st lunar month of 1726: K˘shir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sakata Kintoki in the new year drama "Kadomatsu Shitenn˘", which commemorated the 23rd memorial service (22nd anniversary) of the passing away of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1726: K˘shir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Wada Saemon Tamemune in the kaomise drama "Kaomise Jűnidan".

1st lunar month of 1727: K˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono "Yuzuriha Gongen Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune were played by Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1727: K˘shir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sait˘ Tar˘ Saemon in the kaomise drama "Yatsumune Taiheiki" [more details], which welcomed back in Edo the actor ďtani Hiroji I (along with the Kamigata actor Kirinami Onoe) and celebrated the first stage appearance of Ichikawa Masugor˘.

1st lunar month of 1728: K˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono "Soga H˘raisan"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune were played by Ogawa Zengor˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1728: K˘shir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Kusunoki Tamonby˘e Masashige in the kaomise drama "Kikusui Yoshino no Dairi".

1st lunar month of 1729: K˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Oni˘ Shinzaemon in the new year sogamono drama "Mayuzumi Y˘r˘ Soga"; the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Soga Gor˘ Tokimune were played by Nakajima Mihoemon I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ I and Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV.

11th lunar month of 1729: K˘shir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he played the role of Shiraga Kintoki in the drama "Ch˘seiden Shiraga Kintoki".

25th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1730 [1]: K˘shir˘ died in Edo.

Comments:

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I was an outstanding aragotoshi and jitsugotoshi of the first third of the eighteenth century. He was ranked j˘-j˘-kichi in Edo for 14 seasons.

"He came to Edo from Shim˘sa province, and was at first an onnagata, but later changed to tateyaku. He belonged to Danjűr˘'s aragoto, or rough-acting school, inherited from the brave balladry of early Edo J˘ruri, and is even said to have rivalled Danjűr˘ in the art of the unreal. In middle age he shaved his head as a sign of retirement from active life" (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

[1] The 25th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 15th year of the Ky˘h˘ era was the 11th of May 1730 in the western calendar.

The actors Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I and Yamashita Kinsaku I playing the roles of Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo, Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna and Naniwazu in the drama "Sono Enp˘ Onna Migy˘sho", which was staged at the Nakamuraza in the 11th lunar month of 1723 (print made by Torii Kiyomasu II)

Prints & Illustrations

The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors

 
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