KASAYA MATAKURď I

Stage names:

Kasaya Matakur˘ I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kujű (?)

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

Connection:

Father: Kamogawa Noshio I

Sons: Kasaya Matakur˘ II, Nakamura Noshio I

Disciple: Kasaya Matagor˘

Career:

1720s: his father is the Ky˘to wakaonnagata actor Kamogawa Noshio I. He starts his career in kodomo shibai, performing in Ky˘to at the Nawate no Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1737: he becomes katakiyaku and makes 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 celebrates 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, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Ichikawa Gonz˘.

Fall 1739: Matakur˘ goes to ďsaka.

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

11th lunar month of 1740: Matakur˘ plays at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Yaguruma Yakata no Fuji", which is produced by Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I; his stage partners are 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, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

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

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

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

1st lunar month of 1743: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent). He shares the same rank with Fujikawa Hanzabur˘ II.

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

1st lunar month of 1744: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

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

11th lunar month of 1747: Matakur˘ performs as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Teikin ďrai Manzoku Kagami", which is produced by Nakamura Matsubŕ I at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrates the shűmei of Sakakiyama K˘shir˘ II and his son Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II. Others stage partners are 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, falls to j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

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

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

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

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

11th lunar month of 1750: Matakur˘ plays 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 is produced by Sakakiyama Shirotar˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1751: Matakur˘ plays 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˘ plays 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, is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

Fall 1753: Matakur˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1753: Matakur˘ plays 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 are 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, is one white stroke below j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1754: Matakur˘ becomes katakiyaku and plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Bumon no Kotobuki", which celebrates 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, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent). He shares the same rank with Nakajima Kanzaemon II. Matakur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Tenjiku Tokubŕ (in reality Kairoku˘) in the new year sogamono "Waka Midori Nishiki Soga".

11th lunar month of 1755: Matakur˘ plays 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, is one black stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi [visual].

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

Fall 1756: Matakur˘ goes back to Kamigata.

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

11th lunar month of 1757: Matakur˘ performs as a jitsuaku in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "ďyashiro Musubu no Sanban Tsuzuki", which is 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, is two black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi [visual].

11th lunar month of 1760: Matakur˘ plays 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, is j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - almost excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1763: Matakur˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of ďtani Itt˘ in the kaomise drama "Otowayama Renbo no Taki", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘. This is most likely his last stage performance. He falls ill and has to retire. The date of his death is unknown.

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

18th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1767: Matakur˘ dies 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.

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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