|KASAYA MATAKURď II|
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Kojű
Father: Kasaya Matakur˘ I
Brother: Nakamura Noshio I
1748 ~ 1755: he performed as an iroko in Ky˘to; his first stage name of Kasaya Matasabur˘. He stopped acting at the beginning of the second half of the 1750s.
11th lunar month of 1761: he was back on stage, took the name of Kasaya Mataz˘, became katakiyaku and played in Ky˘to the roles of Takasago no Matsugor˘ and Kawabe no Takekuma in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘ at the Minamigawa no Shibai.
Fall 1766: Mataz˘ went to ďsaka.
1st lunar month of 1767: Mataz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Arashi Shichigor˘ II and Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III.
11th lunar month of 1769: Kasaya Mataz˘ took the name of Kasaya Matakur˘ II at the Moritaza, playing the roles of Taira no Tadafumi and the yakko Shigohei in the kaomise drama "Na ni Takashi Kumoi no Yumihari", which also celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ IV.
3rd lunar month of 1770: Matakur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with ďtani Tomoemon I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ II.
6th lunar month of 1770: Matakur˘ played in the same theater the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ, Tsuribune Sabu and Okaji/Otatsu were played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Sawamura Kijűr˘ I and Yamashita Kinsaku II.
11th lunar month of 1770: Matakur˘ became tachiyaku and performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which celebrated the shűmei of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.
11th lunar month of 1772: Matakur˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Usami Jűnai in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Sawamura Kijűr˘ II and Mikuni Fujigor˘.
Fall 1776: Matakur˘ went back to Ky˘to after 7 seasons spent in Edo.
11th lunar month of 1776: Matakur˘ performed in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Gura Manp˘ no Irifune", which was produced by Ogurayama Toyosaki at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater.
11th lunar month of 1777: Matakur˘ played in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Arakawa Kaneyuki and Kuroda Saemon in the kaomise drama "Yunzei Nanshi no Sakigake", which was produced by Mimasu Jirokichi.
1st lunar month of 1778: premiere of Namiki Gohŕ's drama "Keisei Hakata Ori", which was produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai by Mimasu Jirokichi; Matakur˘ played the role of Kokura Zen'emon [casting | picture and details].
1st lunar month of 1779: Matakur˘ performed in Ky˘to at the Kitano Shita-no-Mori Shibai.
11th lunar month of 1781: Matakur˘ most likely performed as a jitsuaku in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukki no Ishizue", which was staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of both Yamamoto Giemon and Hanagiri Tomimatsu I. No record afterwards.
Kasaya Matakur˘ II was a Ky˘to katakiyaku and tachiyaku actor, who was active not only in his native city but also in ďsaka (3 seasons) and Edo (7 seasons). He stayed at the same intermediate rank (j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi) in the 3 cities for more than 12 years (an unusual stagnation for a Kabuki actor).
 The 18th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 4th year of the Meiwa era was the 16th of April 1767 in the western calendar.
Kasaya Matakur˘ II performing a boatman role in a print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1770
The Kasaya Matakur˘ line of actors
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