NINE GENERATIONS
Matsumoto Kôshirô I
 

The founder of the line Matsumoto Kôshirô I held this name from the 5th lunar month of 1716 to the 3rd lunar month of 1730.

Matsumoto Kôshirô I playing the role of Oniô Shinzaemon in the new year drama "Tsurukame Wakayagi Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1721 at the Ichimuraza

Matsumoto Kôshirô II
  Ichikawa Ebizô III held the name of Matsumoto Kôshirô II from the 11th lunar month of 1735 to the 10th lunar month of 1754, then from the 11th lunar month of 1770 to the 10th lunar month of 1772.

Matsumoto Kôshirô II playing the role of Kudô Saemon Suketsune in the new year drama "Haru Fukami Iroha Soga", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1753 at the Ichimuraza

Matsumoto Kôshirô III
 

The actor Ichikawa Hakuen I held the name of Matsumoto Kôshirô III from the 11th lunar month of 1754 to the 10th lunar month of 1770.

Matsumoto Kôshirô III playing the role of Shibito Kozaemon in the kaomise drama "Kagura Uta Amagoi Komachi", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1765 at the Nakamuraza

Matsumoto Kôshirô IV
 

The actor Omegawa Kyôjűrô held the name of Matsumoto Kôshirô IV from the 11th lunar month of 1772 to the 10th lunar month of 1801.

Matsumoto Kôshirô IV drawn by Utagawa Kunimasa I for the book "Yakusha Gakuya Tsű" (1799)

Matsumoto Kôshirô V
 

The actor Matsumoto Kôshirô V held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1801 to the 5th lunar month of 1838.

Matsumoto Kôshirô V portraying Noto-no-Kami Noritsune in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I
Matsumoto Kôshirô VI
 

The actor Matsumoto Kinshô held the name of Matsumoto Kôshirô VI from the 3rd lunar month of 1844 to the 10th lunar month of 1846.

Matsumoto Kôshirô VI's shinie (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III in 1849)

Matsumoto Kôshirô 6.7
 

The Kabuki giant Ichikawa Ebizô V held the name of Matsumoto Kôshirô during the second half of the year 1855 but he was not acknowledged as an official member of the line.

Matsumoto Kôshirô VII
 

The actor Matsumoto Kôshirô VII held this name from November 1911 to January 1949.

Matsumoto Kôshirô VII portraying Sukeroku in a print made by Yamamura Toyonari (1920)
Matsumoto Kôshirô VIII
 

The actor Matsumoto Hakuô held the name of Matsumoto Kôshirô VIII from September 1949 to September 1981.

Matsumoto Kôshirô VIII playing the role of Watanabe Genji Tsuna in the drama "Ibaraki", (print made by Natori Shunsen in 1951)

Matsumoto Kôshirô IX
 

The actor Matsumoto Kôshirô IX is the current holder of the name since October 1981.

Matsumoto Kôshirô IX playing the role of Kamakura Gongorô Kagemasa in the drama "Shibaraku" (print courtesy of Paul Binnie - all rights reserved)

 
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