|MATSUMOTO KďEMON I|
Real name: Hiruma Kiyomatsu
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Existence: 3 January 1928 ~ 27 June 2011
Father: Nakamura Fukunosuke
September 1936: he makes his first appearance on stage at the Mihamakan in Yokohama, receiving the name of Nakamura Fukuji and playing the role of Tsuruchiyo in the play "Meiboku Sendai Hagi".
April 1946: Nakamura Fukuji joins a province-touring troupe led by Mimasu Gennosuke and takes the name of Mimasu Ky˘jir˘.
January 1955: Ky˘jir˘ becomes a disciple of Ichikawa Chűsha VIII and receives the name of Ichikawa Nakanosuke III.
October 1981: he becomes a disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII and receives the name of Matsumoto K˘emon I during the great 3-generations shűmei of the K˘raiya guild (K˘raiya Sandai Shűmei) at the Kabukiza; he plays the role of Heinai in the play "Kanjinch˘", a peasant in "Terakoya" and a taiko mochi in the seventh act of the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".
1996: K˘emon joins the first league of Kabuki actors ("kanbu sh˘shin").
27 June 2011: K˘emon dies.
Matsumoto K˘emon I was a tachiyaku actor, trained on the road in touring troupes, who became a talented supporting oyajigata for the K˘raiya guild. His best roles were Kitamura Daizen ("K˘chiyama"), Yazaemon ("Sushiya"), the sobaya master ("Naozamurai"), T˘hachi ("Kirare Yosa") or the old boatman ("Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri").
The mon of Matsumoto K˘emon I
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