Poetry name: Dansh˘
Existence: ??? ~ 19th day of the 1st lunar month of 1826
Adopted son: Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I
Beginning of the 1750s: he becomes disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and receives the name of Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ I.
11th lunar month of 1773: Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ I becomes jitsuaku and takes the name of Matsumoto Kojir˘ at the Ichimuraza, playing the role of Sumida Kurando Yukitsuna in the kaomise drama "Kaeri Kiso Kigoto no Hatsumono", which celebrates the shűmei of Ichikawa Danz˘ IV.
6th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Okuni Gozen Kesh˘ no Sugatami"; Kojir˘ the roles of Suruga Zenji Hisakuni, Kasane's mother My˘rin and the waiting maid Takekawa [casting].
3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; Kojir˘ plays the role of Kariganeya's young man Gonshichi [more details].
19th day of the 1st lunar month of 1826: Kojir˘ dies in Edo.
Matsumoto Kojir˘ was active in Edo from the H˘reki era to the Bunsei era. He was a katakiyaku/jitsuaku supporting actor. He did not achieve stardom (his best ranking was j˘-j˘-hankichi) but he spent a long career serving with efficiency several generations of Masters of the K˘raiya guild.
The actors Ichikawa Benz˘ III (middle), Matsumoto Kojir˘ (center) and Onoe Eizabur˘ I (right) playing the roles of the waiting maid Yorio, the waiting maid Takekawa and the zat˘ Oto no Ichi in the drama "Okuni Gozen Kesh˘ no Sugatami", which was staged in the 6th lunar month of 1809 at the Moritaza
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