Stage names:

Matsumoto Kinsh˘
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI
Ichikawa Komaz˘ V
Matsumoto Kinshi

Guild: K˘raiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Kinsh˘, Kinshi

Existence: 1812 ~ 3rd day of the 11th lunar month of 1849


Grandfather: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV

Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V


1812 ~ 1817: born in Edo. Son of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, who gives him the name of Matsumoto Kinshi.

8th lunar month of 1817: Matsumoto Kinshi takes the name of Ichikawa Komaz˘ V.

9th lunar month of 1819: first adaptation to Kabuki (in ˘shibai!) of the drama "Seishű Akogi-ga-Ura"; Komaz˘ plays the role of Heiji's son Tomoishi [casting].

11th lunar month of 1829: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kin no Zai Sarushima Dairi"; Komaz˘ plays the roles of Usui Arad˘ji and the hinin Tsunagor˘ [more details].

6th lunar month of 1834: Komaz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Tamiya Iemon in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

11th lunar month of 1835: Komaz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ume˘maru in the classic "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". His stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V (Shihei), Ichikawa Yaoz˘ V (Sakuramaru) and Ichimura Uzaemon XII ( Matsu˘maru).

5th lunar month of 1838: his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V dies.

3rd lunar month of 1844: Ichikawa Komaz˘ V and Ichikawa Shinnosuke III respectively take the names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI and Ichikawa Komaz˘ VII at the Nakamuraza, playing together in the drama "Sugata no Hana Yayoi no Kagamiyama".

7th lunar month of 1844: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Naosuke Gonbŕ in the drama "Mukashi Mukashi Oiwa no Kaidan", whose plot and characters are similar to "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

11th lunar month of 1846: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI takes the name of Matsumoto Kinsh˘ at the Kawarazakiza, playing in the drama "Ichi-no-Tani Yukimi no Takadono".

4th lunar month of 1847: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of the dance-drama "Shiki no Hina Asakusa Hakkei" (commonly called "Ky˘ Ningy˘"); Kinsh˘ plays the role of Jingor˘'s wife Otoku [casting].

4th lunar month of 1849: Kinsh˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, where he plays the roles of Nikki Danj˘ and Arajishi Otokonosuke in the drama "Date Zensei Sakura no Iromaku", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.


Matsumoto Kinsh˘ was a promising tachiyaku actor, especially in jitsuaku roles. As far as art is concerned, he followed the same path as his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V but he prematurely died, before creating anything of his own. He unfortunately confirmed the old Edo adage that it was difficult for a prestigious house to survive beyond three generations: Matsumoto Kinsh˘, son of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, grandson of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, had no heir when he passed away.

Matsumoto Kinsh˘ playing the role of Nikki Danj˘ in the drama "Date Zensei Sakura no Iromaku", which was staged in the 4th lunar month of 1849 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III)

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1834

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1849

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1849

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1849

The Ichikawa Komaz˘ line of actors

The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors

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