KASAYA MATAKURď II

Stage names:

Kasaya Matakur˘ II In Japanese
Kasaya Mataz˘ In Japanese
Kasaya Matasabur˘ In Japanese

Guild: Tachibanaya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Kojű

Existence: ???

Connection:

Father: Kasaya Matakur˘ I

Brother: Nakamura Noshio I

Career:

1748 ~ 1755: he performs as an iroko in Ky˘to; his first stage name of Kasaya Matasabur˘. He stops acting at the beginning of the second half of the 1750s.

11th lunar month of 1761: he is back on stage, takes the name of Kasaya Mataz˘, becomes katakiyaku and plays in Ky˘to the roles of Takasago no Matsugor˘ and Kawabe no Takekuma in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which is produced by Nakamura Senz˘ at the Minamigawa no Shibai.

1st lunar month of 1762: Mataz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-(shiro)j˘ (superior - (white) superior).

11th lunar month of 1763: Mataz˘ performs in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai".

1st lunar month of 1764: Mataz˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is two white strokes above j˘-j˘ (superior - superior) [visual].

Fall 1766: Mataz˘ goes to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1766: Mataz˘ performs at the Kado no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Mukashi Mukashi ďsaka to iu Zaisho no Yurai".

1st lunar month of 1767: Mataz˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with Arashi Shichigor˘ II and Kirinoya Gonjűr˘ III.

18th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1767: his father Kasaya Matakur˘ I dies.

11th lunar month of 1767: Mataz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Kasahara Genba in the kaomise drama "Danjo Aish˘ Kagami", which is produced by Nakayama Raisuke I.

11th lunar month of 1768: Mataz˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Suminoe Toranosuke in the kaomise drama "Shin-yakata Banzei no Kotobuki", which is produced by Yamashita Yaoz˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1768: Mataz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Hiraoka G˘zaemon in the drama "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki".

Fall 1769: Yamashita Kinsaku II and Mataz˘ go to Edo to perform at the Moritaza.

11th lunar month of 1769: Kasaya Mataz˘ takes the name of Kasaya Matakur˘ II at the Moritaza, playing the roles of Taira no Tadafumi and the yakko Shigohei in the kaomise drama "Na ni Takashi Kumoi no Yumihari", which also celebrates the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ IV.

3rd lunar month of 1770: Matakur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent). He shares the same rank with ďtani Tomoemon I and Tomizawa Hanzabur˘ II.

6th lunar month of 1770: Matakur˘ plays in the same theater the role of Danshichi Kurobŕ in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Issun Tokubŕ, Tsuribune Sabu and Okaji/Otatsu are played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Sawamura Kijűr˘ I and Yamashita Kinsaku II.

11th lunar month of 1770: Matakur˘ becomes tachiyaku and performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Nue no Mori Ichiy˘ no Mato", which celebrates the shűmei of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II, Ichikawa Danjűr˘ V, Nakamura Sh˘ch˘, Ichikawa Monnosuke II, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ III and Band˘ Sanpachi II.

1st lunar month of 1771: Matakur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1771: Matakur˘ performs at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji".

11th lunar month of 1772: Matakur˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Usami Jűnai in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which celebrates the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Sawamura Kijűr˘ II and Mikuni Fujigor˘.

11th lunar month of 1773: Matakur˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Onna Aruji Hatsuyuki no Sekai".

11th lunar month of 1774: Matakur˘ plays at the Moritaza the role of Kamei Rokur˘ in the kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi Tsuki no Kaomise", which welcomes in Edo the Kamigata actor Nakamura Shingor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1775: Matakur˘ performs at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Kikujid˘ Shuen no Iwaya".

Fall 1776: Matakur˘ goes back to Ky˘to after 7 seasons spent in Edo.

11th lunar month of 1776: Matakur˘ performs in the kaomise drama "Saiwai Gura Manp˘ no Irifune", which is produced by Ogurayama Toyosaki at Hoteiya Umenoj˘'s theater.

1st lunar month of 1777: Matakur˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1777: Matakur˘ plays in Ky˘to at the Minamigawa no Shibai the roles of Arakawa Kaneyuki and Kuroda Saemon in the kaomise drama "Yunzei Nanshi no Sakigake".

1st lunar month of 1779: Matakur˘ performs in Ky˘to at the Kitano Shita-no-Mori Shibai.

11th lunar month of 1781: Matakur˘ most likely performs as a jitsuaku in the kaomise drama "Shin Yakata Fukki no Ishizue", which is staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai and celebrates the shűmei of both Yamamoto Giemon and Hanagiri Tomimatsu I. We don't know what happens to him afterwards for he disappears from the records after the 3rd lunar month of 1782.

Comments:

Kasaya Matakur˘ II was a Ky˘to katakiyaku and tachiyaku actor, who was active not only in his native city but also in ďsaka (3 seasons) and Edo (7 seasons). He stayed at the same intermediate rank (j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi) in the 3 cities for more than 12 years (an unusual stagnation for a Kabuki actor).

Kasaya Matakur˘ II performing a boatman role in a print made by Katsukawa Shunsh˘ in 1770

Prints & Illustrations

The Kasaya Matakur˘ line of actors

 
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