|MATSUMOTO HAKUď I|
Real name: Fujima Junjir˘
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry name: Kinsh˘
Blazons: Yotsu Hanabishi / Mitsu Ich˘
Existence: 7 July 1910 ~ 11 January 1982
Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII
Father-in-law: Nakamura Kichiemon I
Brothers: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ XI, Onoe Sh˘roku II
Sons: Matsumoto Haku˘ II (K˘shir˘ IX), Nakamura Kichiemon II
Grandson: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ X
Great-grandsons: Ichikawa Somegor˘ VIII, Onoe Ushinosuke VII
Disciples: Matsumoto Kingo II, Matsumoto Kingo III, Ichikawa Shinsha II, Matsumoto K˘jaku I, Matsumoto K˘emon, Matsumoto K˘tar˘ II, Matsumoto K˘jir˘, Matsumoto K˘z˘ I, Matsumoto Komagor˘ II, Matsumoto Kinshir˘, Matsumoto K˘nosuke
January 1925: first stage appearance under the name of Matsumoto Sumiz˘ II.
April 1931: Matsumoto Sumiz˘ II took the name of Ichikawa Somegor˘ V.
February 1934: premiere at the Kabukiza of "ďishi Saigo no Ichinichi", the tenth and last play of Mayama Seika's cycle "Genroku Chűshingura"; Somegor˘ played the role of ďishi Sezaemon [casting].
April 1936: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Uwanari" belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Somegor˘ played the role of the disciple Gungaku [more details].
December 1946: Somegor˘ was a member of the Kabuki troupe which celebrated the reopening of the rebuilt Mitsukoshi Gekij˘ [more details].
27 January 1949: his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII died.
September 1949: Ichikawa Somegor˘ V and his son Matsumoto Kintar˘ II respectively took the names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Benkei , Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu, the boatman and Shinsuke in "Kanjinch˘" , "Sakaro", "Shizuhata no Obi" and "Chijimiya Shinsuke".
October 1949: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII celebrated his shűmei in Nagoya at the Misonoza, playing the roles of Benkei , Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu and the boatman in "Kanjinch˘" , "Sakaro" and "Shizuhata no Obi".
December 1950: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated their shűmei in Ky˘to at the Minamiza; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Takiguchi K˘zuke/the yakko Fudesuke, Watanabe no Tsuna, the fisherman Fukashichi (in reality Kanawa Gor˘ Imakuni), Katakura Kojűr˘ and Matsue Izumo-no-Kami  in "Izari no Adauchi", "Ibaraki", "Mikasayama Goten", "Jitsuroku Sendai Hagi" and "K˘chiyama" .
October 1951: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Nakamura Utaemon VI and Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII celebrated their shűmei in ďsaka at the ďsaka Kabukiza; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘, Wada no Hy˘e Hidemori, Benkei  and Mizuno Jűr˘zaemon  in "Sum˘ba", "Moritsuna Jin'ya", "Kanjinch˘"  and "Kiwametsuki Banzui Ch˘bŕ" .
November 1952: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kema Nanboku's revision of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Daiky˘ji Mukashi Goyomi"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Mohei [casting].
July 1953: premiere at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ukifune"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Kaoru [casting]. Revival at the Meijiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's 1878 drama "Tsűzoku Saiyűki"; K˘shir˘ played the role of the queen of the Priest Sanz˘ [casting].
March 1954: first edition at the Kabukiza from the 27th to the 28th of March of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. It included the revival of the dance-drama "Imay˘ Suma no Utsushie" in which K˘shir˘ played the roles of Ariwara no Yukihira and the ry˘shi Konohŕ [more details].
February 1955: second edition at the Kabukiza from the 24th to the 27th of February of the Tsubomikai, a study group led by Nakamura Utaemon VI [more details]. It included the revival of Sakurada Jisuke I's dance-drama "Kumo no Hy˘shimai" (entitled "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi") [casting] and the premiere of Mishima Yukio's dance-drama "Yuya" [casting]; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Taira Munemori and Sakata Kintoki in "Yuya" and "Waga Sekogakoi no Aizuchi".
March 1955: Hasegawa Shin's drama "Ori" was staged with a full Kabuki casting for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza; K˘shir˘ played the role of the daiku Gen [more details].
March 1956: premiere in Kabuki at the Meijiza of H˘j˘ Hideji's drama "Ii Tair˘"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Ii Naosuke [more details].
July 1956: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Sarushima no S˘ta [more details]. Revival at the Kabukiza of the michiyuki "Ch˘ no Michiyuki", in which K˘shir˘ played the role of Sukekuni; the role of Komaki was played by Nakamura Utaemon VI.
March 1959: revival at the Meijiza of the dance-drama "Kumo no Ito Oyozume Banashi"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Minamoto Yorimitsu [more details].
November 1959: revival at the Kabukiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's masterpiece "Sakura Hime Azuma Bunsh˘", which was supervised by Mishima Yukio; K˘shir˘ played the roles of the priest Seigen, Tsurigane no Gonsuke and Shinobu no S˘ta [casting].
March 1961: the actors K˘shir˘, Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and Nakamura Shikaku II signed exclusive contracts with the T˘h˘ Company and left the Sh˘chiku Company.
July 1963: revival at the Yomiuri Hall in T˘ky˘ of Namiki Sh˘z˘ I's drama "Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ Irifune Monogatari"; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Kuwanaya Tokuz˘ and Sagami no Gor˘ [casting].
December 1966: second month of the opening ceremony of the National Theatre with the full length performance of the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Matsu˘maru [casting].
June 1973: revival at the National Theatre of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Omatsuri Sashichi and Hantoki Kurobŕ [casting].
1975: K˘shir˘ received the prestigious title of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuh˘ in Japanese).
October 1981: great shűmei at the Kabukiza for 3 generations of actors belonging to the K˘raiya guild (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei); Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VI, Matsumoto Kintar˘ III, Ichikawa Nakanosuke III and Ichikawa Momomaru respectively took the names of Matsumoto Haku˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Ichikawa Somegor˘ VII, Matsumoto K˘emon and Ichikawa Shinsha II.
11 January 1982: Haku˘ died in T˘ky˘.
Matsumoto Haku˘ I was the leading tachiyaku of the postwar decades and the worthy heir of both his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VII and his father-in-law Nakamura Kichiemon I. He was also very active in modern or Western productions, especially during his years at the T˘h˘.
Matsumoto Haku˘ I's best roles: Matsu˘maru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Kumagai Jir˘ Naozane ("Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki"), Higuchi Jir˘ Kanemitsu ("Hirakana Seisuiki"), Sekibŕ/ďtomo no Kuronushi ("Tsumoru Koi Yuki no Seki no To"), Jűbŕ (Tsuta Momiji Utsunoya T˘ge).
 The roles of Togashi Saemon and Yoshitsune were played by Nakamura Kichiemon I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX.
 The roles of Togashi Saemon and Yoshitsune were played by Nakamura Kichiemon I and Nakamura Moshio IV.
 The role of K˘chiyama S˘shun was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.
 The roles of Togashi Saemon and Yoshitsune were played by Nakamura Kanzabur˘ XVII and Nakamura Tokiz˘ III.
 The role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ was played by Nakamura Kichiemon I.
Matsumoto Haku˘ I (Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII) playing the role of Matsu˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" (print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1955)
Print made by ďta Masamitsu in 1955
The Matsumoto Sumiz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Somegor˘ line of actors
The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors
The Matsumoto Haku˘ line of actors
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