Stage names:

Matsumoto K˘emon I In Japanese
Ichikawa Nakanosuke III In Japanese
Mimasu Ky˘jir˘ In Japanese
Nakamura Fukuji In Japanese

Real name: Hiruma Kiyomatsu

Guild: K˘raiya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Existence: 3 January 1928 ~ 27 June 2011


Father: Nakamura Fukunosuke

Masters: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IX, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VIII, Ichikawa Chűsha VIII


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.

July 1962: Nakanosuke becomes nadai and celebrates the event by playing the role of the taiko mochi Hanchű in the play "Kagotsurube Sato no Eizame", which is performed at the Meijiza.

January 1980: Nakanosuke takes part in the first Kabuki performances at the Asakusa K˘kaid˘ [more details].

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").

February 2008: K˘emon appears on stage for the last time, at the Kabukiza, where he plays the role of the sh˘ya K˘bŕ in the drama "Kumagai Jin'ya".

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

The Matsumoto K˘emon line of actors

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