KATSUYAMA MATAGORď

Stage names:

Katsuyama Matagor˘ In Japanese
Band˘ Matagor˘ In Japanese
Katsuyama Matagor˘ In Japanese
Katsuyama Minato In Japanese
Katsuyama Minato In Japanese
Katsuyama Minato I In Japanese

Existence: ???

Connection:

Master: Band˘ Matatar˘ I

Disciple: Katsuyama Minato II [1]

Career:

1689: coming from Kamigata and named Katsuyama Minato, he settled in Edo to perform as a wakaonnagata.

1st lunar month of 1693: recorded as a wakaonnagata performing in Edo in the the book "Kokon Shibai Irokurabe Hyakunin Isshu".

11th lunar month of 1695: Minato performed at the Moritaza in the drama "Miura Asahina Gansekiwari".

11th lunar month of 1696: he became tachiyaku and, with the patronage of Band˘ Matatar˘ I, took the name of Katsuyama Matagor˘ at the Moritaza, where he played the role of Minamoto no Yorimitsu in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Yome Kagami", which welcomed in Edo Murayama Heijűr˘ I.

1699: he went to ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1700: he took the name of Band˘ Matagor˘ and performed in ďsaka in the new year drama "Onna Ch˘teki Sangoku Denraiki", which was produced by Araki Yojibŕ I; his stage partners were Sodesaki Karyű, Asao Jűjir˘, Sugiyama Heihachi, Murayama Heijűr˘ I and Sugiyama Kantar˘.

1st lunar month of 1701: he went back to Edo, took back the name of Katsuyama Matagor˘ and played the role of Hanamura Takiguchi in the new year drama "Jit˘ Tenn˘ Miyako Utsushi".

3rd lunar month of 1702: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1706: Matagor˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Kiso Yoshinaga in the kaomise drama "Keisei Azuma Kagami"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Miyazaki Denkichi, Miyazaki Jűshir˘ I, Tamon Sh˘zaemon II, Matsumoto Kantar˘, Takii Hannosuke, Tomizawa Chiyonosuke and Kumamoto Izaemon.

11th lunar month of 1707: Matagor˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Kankatsu Kayoi Komachi".

3rd lunar month of 1709: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1709: Matagor˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Imagawaj˘ Ry˘shun Katoku".

3rd lunar month of 1710: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was (superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1710: Matagor˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Shinsen Kazanin".

3rd lunar month of 1711: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Takii Hanshir˘.

11th lunar month of 1711: Matagor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yukienosuke Tokikichi in the kaomise drama "Mitsu Uroko Katoku Biraki" [print made by Torii Kiyonobu].

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

11th lunar month of 1713: Matagor˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Taikyoku no Mato"; his stage partners were Nakajima Kanzaemon I, Murayama Heiemon III, Hamazaki Isogor˘, Kuwabara Sanzaemon, Iwai Sagenta I, Nakajima Kanroku I, Sodesaki Nuinosuke, Fujita Hananoj˘, ďnishi Moriemon, Saigoku Hy˘sabur˘, Tsutsui Utanosuke, Uemura Kohachir˘ and Nakamura Kichibŕ I.

11th lunar month of 1715: Matagor˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto in Mitsushima Shichir˘zaemon's drama "Hayazaki Onna Shimabara".

1st lunar month of 1716: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

2nd lunar month of 1716: Matagor˘ played in the same theater the role of Jűr˘'s retainer Oni˘ Shinzaemon, later Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari, in the new year sogamono drama "Wakayagi Shiai Soga"; his stage partners were Sengoku Hikosuke I (Wada no Yoshimori), Hamazaki Isogor˘ (Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune), Ichikawa Danz˘ I (Gor˘'s retainer Danzabur˘, later Soga Gor˘ Tokimune), Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I (Kobayashi no Asahina), Fujimura Handayű II (Gor˘'s lover, the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘), Tamazawa Rin'ya (Jűr˘'s lover, the courtesan ďiso no Tora), Sodeoka Sh˘tar˘ (Kawazu Hako˘maru, later Gor˘'s retainer Danzabur˘), Matsumoto Shirogor˘ (Matano Gor˘) and Ichikawa Montar˘ (Kawazu Ichimanmaru, later Jűr˘'s retainer Oni˘ Shinzaemon).

4th lunar month of 1716: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1716: Matagor˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Yoroi Kurabe ďshű Gane".

1st lunar month of 1717: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

2nd lunar month of 1717: Matagor˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Keisei Fuji no Takane"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Danz˘ I and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1717: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1717: Matagor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Yukienoj˘ in the kaomise drama "Hachinoki H˘nen Mitsugimono".

1st lunar month of 1718: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual] in one hy˘banki and j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual] in another hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1718: Matagor˘ performed at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise program "Hirakana Yomeiri Izu Nikki", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sanogawa Mangiku.

1st lunar month of 1719: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. Matagor˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono "Kaibyaku Sakayaki Soga", commonly called "Ninin Kud˘" ("The Two Kud˘"). The two Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Yamanaka Heikur˘ I and Hayakawa Dengor˘. The role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune was played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1719: Matagor˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Tategami Teika Kazura", which celebrated the shűmei of Tsuruya Nanboku I and Nanboku Magotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1720: Matagor˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Kamanari Nigiwai Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Danz˘ I and Yamanaka Heikur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1720: Matagor˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Hachiman Tar˘ Yoshiie in the kaomise drama "Michi-no-Ku Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1721: Matagor˘ played in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama "Kichij˘ ďtaka Soga"; the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune were played by Ichikawa Danz˘ I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1721: Matagor˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Semimaru Y˘r˘ no Taki".

1st lunar month of 1722: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual].

1st/3rd lunar months of 1723: no record in any Edo hy˘banki [2].

11th lunar month of 1723: Matagor˘ performed at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Yorimasa Kaikeizan".

1st lunar month of 1724: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

1725 ~ 1733: no record in any Edo hy˘banki [2].

11th lunar month of 1733: Matagor˘ performed as an oyajigata at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Sh˘hon Taiheiki".

1st lunar month of 1734: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1734: Matagor˘ performed as an oyajigata at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Michi-no-Ku Yunzei Genji".

1st lunar month of 1735: Matagor˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, oyajigata section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. No record afterwards.

Comments:

Katsuyama Matagor˘ was a Genroku/Ky˘h˘ actor who made a long career from the end of the 1680s to the middle of the 1730s. Born and trained as a wakaonnagata in Kamigata, he became a popular tachiyaku actor in Edo and achieved fame for himself between the second half of the 1710s and the beginning of the 1720s. One of his best roles was Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year sogamono drama. His popularity declined along with his age and he stopped appearing on Edo stages for 9 seasons. He was back on stage as an oyajigata for two seasons between 1733 and 1735.

[1] Katsuyama Minato II was recorded as performing as a wakaonnagata actor in Edo at the Yamamuraza in 1702 and 1703.

[2] Was he on tour in tabi shibai or miyaji shibai? Was he sick? Was he retired?

Iwai Sagenta I (top) and Katsuyama Matagor˘ (bottom) in a print made by Torii Kiyonobu I

Prints & Illustrations

Print made by Torii Kiyonobu in 1711

Print made by Torii Kiyomasu I

 
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