MATSUMOTO KOJIRď

Stage names:

Matsumoto Kojir˘
Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ I

Guild: K˘raiya

Poetry name: Dansh˘

Existence: ??? ~ 19th day of the 1st lunar month of 1826

Connection:

Masters: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ III, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II

Adopted son: Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I

Career:

Beginning of the 1750s: he becomes disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II and receives the name of Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1759: Hidejűr˘ makes his debuts on stage in the 11th lunar month at the Moritaza, performing as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Toki Tsukaze Heike Monogatari".

1st lunar month of 1769: Hidejűr˘ becomes katakiyaku and plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Nitta no Shir˘ in the new year drama "Soga Moy˘ Aigo no Wakamatsu".

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.

1st lunar month of 1774: Kojir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior).

11th lunar month of 1777: Kojir˘ performs at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Chigo Torii Tobiiri Kitsune".

1st lunar month of 1778: Kojir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

6th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's ghost play "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].

11th lunar month of 1825: Kojir˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Ichimuraza, where he plays the role of Kawahisa Jir˘ in the drama "Azuma Dairi Kabuki no Sh˘gatsu".

19th day of the 1st lunar month of 1826: Kojir˘ dies in Edo.

Comments:

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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