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]


Master: Hisamatsu Tashir˘

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


1674 ~ 1694: born in the Shimosa province. He starts his career at an unknown date as a disciple of the actor Hisamatsu Tashir˘, who gives him the name of Hisamatsu Koshir˘ and trains him in wakaonnagata roles.

1694: he takes the name of Matsumoto Koshir˘ and plays wakashugata roles.

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

11th lunar month of 1706: Koshir˘ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the role of Hayata in the drama "Uji Genji Yumi Harizuki".

11th lunar month of 1708: Koshir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki". Koshir˘ also cofinances 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˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of ďmori Hikoshichi in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki", which celebrates the shűmei of Takii Hanshir˘ and welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Kirinami Takie.

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

Koshir˘ K˘shir˘
小四郎 幸四郎

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

11th lunar month of 1717: K˘shir˘ achieves 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 1724: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise program "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki"; his main stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.

1st lunar month of 1726: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sakata Kintoki in the new year program "Kadomatsu Shitenn˘", which commemorates the 22nd anniversary of the death of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I.

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

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

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


Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I was an outstanding aragotoshi and jitsugotoshi of the first third of the eighteenth century.

"He came to Edo from Shimosa 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.

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I playing the role of Aoto Saemon Fujitsuna in the drama "Hachinoki Onna Migy˘sho", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1723 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Torii Kiyomasu II)

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu in 1723

The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors

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