KASAYA MATAKURď I

Stage names:

Kasaya Matakur˘ I In Japanese
Yamatoya Kashir˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kujű (?)

Existence: 1712 ~ 18th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1767 [1]

Connection:

Father: Kamogawa Noshio I

Sons: Kasaya Matakur˘ II, Nakamura Noshio I

Disciple: Kasaya Matagor˘

Career:

1720s: his father was the Ky˘to wakaonnagata actor Kamogawa Noshio I. He started his career in kodomo shibai, performing in Ky˘to at the Nawate no Shibai. His first stage name was Yamatoya Kashir˘.

11th lunar month of 1737: he became katakiyaku, took the name of Kasaya Matakur˘ I and made his debut in ˘shibai, playing in Ky˘to at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of Hiy˘ K˘suke in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Tomi Sakae no Hachinoki", which celebrated the arrival in Ky˘to of the Edo star ďtani Hiroji I and the return from Edo of the local actor Kameya Jűjir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1738: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Ichikawa Gonz˘.

Fall 1739: Matakur˘ went to ďsaka.

1st lunar month of 1740: Matakur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual]. He shared the same rank with ďtani Hirohachi I, Yamamoto Koheiji and Nakamura Jiroza I.

11th lunar month of 1740: Matakur˘ performed at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Yaguruma Yakata no Fuji", which was produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I; his stage partners were Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1741: Matakur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

Fall 1741: Matakur˘ went back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1741: Matakur˘ played at Miyako Mandayű's theater the role of the yakko Chobohei, in reality Kajikawa Manz˘, in the kaomise drama "Imay˘ Shinoda-zuma", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1742: Matakur˘ became jitsuaku and played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Todoroki Budayű in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Konrei Nagoya", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1743: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1743: Matakur˘ became katakiyaku and played at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater the role of Nikaid˘ Shinanonosuke in the kaomise drama "Yomeiri ďshimadai", which was produced by Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and celebrated the shűmei of Sanj˘ Mankatsu.

1st lunar month of 1744: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1745: Matakur˘ performed as a jitsuaku in Ky˘to at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater in the kaomise drama "Toragoyomi Hoteibukuro".

11th lunar month of 1747: Matakur˘ performed as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which was produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrated the shűmei of Sakakiyama K˘shir˘ II and his son Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II. Others stage partners were Fujioka Daikichi, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Takenaka Heikichi, Fujikawa Heikur˘, Nakamura Kiyosabur˘ I, Nakamura Shirogor˘ III, Asao Motogor˘ I and Sanogawa Hanazuma II.

1st lunar month of 1748: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1748: Matakur˘ became jitsuaku and played at Hayagumo Ch˘dayű's theater the role of D˘j˘ji Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Jidai Makie Chűshingura", which was produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I.

1st lunar month of 1749: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, fell to j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent) [visual].

11th lunar month of 1749: Matakur˘ played at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Ikaruga Heima in the kaomise drama "Tokitsukazeyasu Keizu", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1750: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1750: Matakur˘ played in Ky˘to at Ebisuya Kichir˘bŕ's theater the role of Kajikawa Gorozaemon in Fujikawa Sakoku's kaomise drama "Taira no Miyako Onna Ez˘shi", which was produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1751: Matakur˘ played in the same theater the role of the kagokaki Mataichi, in reality Suminoe Daigaku, in Fujikawa Sakoku's ni-no-kawari drama "Keisei Kane-ga-Fuchi".

11th lunar month of 1751: Matakur˘ played in Ky˘to the roles of Nagata no Jűr˘ and Kis˘ Kanetsugu in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Shinohara Gunki".

1st lunar month of 1752: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

Fall 1753: Matakur˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1753: Matakur˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of T˘nai Tar˘, in reality Ki-no-Nadora, in the kaomise drama "Kamuri Kurabe Yatsushi Kuronushi"; his stage partners were Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II, Band˘ Sanpachi I, Ichikawa Yaoz˘ I, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I, Arashi Wakano II, Osagawa Tsuneyo I, Nakamura Kumetar˘ I, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII, Ichimura Kamez˘ I, Arashi Otohachi I, Nakajima Kanzaemon II, Nakajima Mihoz˘ I and Yorozuya Mataz˘.

1st lunar month of 1754: Matakur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was one white stroke below j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1754: Matakur˘ became katakiyaku and played at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrated the shűmei of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III and Tsuuchi Monzabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1755: Matakur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual]. He shared the same rank with Nakajima Kanzaemon II. Matakur˘ played in the same theater the role of Tenjiku Tokubŕ (in reality Kairoku˘) in the new year sogamono drama "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

11th lunar month of 1755: Matakur˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Ki-no-Natora in the kaomise drama "ďtomo no Kuronushi Sokutai Kagami".

1st lunar month of 1756: Matakur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, was one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

8th lunar month of 1756: Matakur˘ played in the same theater the role of Shiratayű in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"; his stage partners were Osagawa Tsuneyo I (Sakuramaru), Nakamura Denkur˘ II (Ume˘maru) and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV (Matsu˘maru). This was Matakur˘'s finale performance in Edo.

Fall 1756: Matakur˘ went back to Kamigata.

11th lunar month of 1756: Matakur˘ played in Ky˘to the roles of Asaina and Kasugaya Gengor˘ in the drama "Kai Genji Sakura Gunbai", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1757: Matakur˘ performed as a jitsuaku in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďyashiro Musubu no Sanban Tsuzuki", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I and Somematsu Matsujir˘ for the nadai Hayagumo Ch˘dayű.

1st lunar month of 1758: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual]. First Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki", which was simultaneously produced at the Minamigawa no Shibai [casting] and the Kitagawa no Shibai [casting]. It used its real title at the former theater but it was entitled "Keisei Niwatoriyama" at the latter theater; Matakur˘ played in the former theater the role of Matsunaga Daizen.

11th lunar month of 1760: Matakur˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Sasaki Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "ďshimadai Kitsune no Mukoiri".

1st lunar month of 1761: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

2nd lunar month of 1763: Matakur˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of ďtani Itt˘ in the kaomise drama "Otowayama Renbo no Taki", which was produced by Nakamura Senz˘. This was most likely his last stage performance. He fell ill and had to retire.

3rd lunar month of 1763: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, was two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual]. He shared the same rank with Kirishima Gizaemon I.

18th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1767 [1]: Matakur˘ died in Ky˘to.

Comments:

Kasaya Matakur˘ I was an important 18th century Ky˘to katakiyaku/jitsuaku actor, who was active in ˘shibai from the end of the 1730s to the beginning of the 1760s. He was quite plump and his ranking was unstable, oscillating between j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi and j˘-j˘-kichi for more than 20 years, without being able to reach the latter rank.

[1] 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˘ I (right) and Nakamura Senz˘ (left)
performing in the new year drama "Keisei Kamakurayama",
which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1762 in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai

Prints & Illustrations

The Kasaya Matakur˘ line of actors

 
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