|MATSUMOTO KďSHIRď I|
Line number: SHODAI (I)
Poetry names: Omegawa, Omigawa
Existence: 1674 ~ 29th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1730
Master: Hisamatsu Tashir˘
Adopted son: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ II (Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IV)
1674 ~ 1694: born in the Shimosa province. He starts his career at an unknown date as a disciple of the actor Hisamatsu Tashir˘, who gives him the name of Hisamatsu Koshir˘ and trains him in wakaonnagata roles.
1694: he takes the name of Matsumoto Koshir˘ and plays wakashugata roles.
11th lunar month of 1706: Koshir˘ achieves a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the role of Hayata in the drama "Uji Genji Yumi Harizuki".
11th lunar month of 1708: Koshir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Shinozuka Gor˘ in the kaomise drama "Shusse Taiheiki". Koshir˘ also cofinances with Ichimura Takenoj˘ IV the erection of a commemorative stone dedicated to the Soga brothers in the precinct of the Komagome Fuji Shrine.
5th lunar month of 1716: a son of the Sh˘gun receives the same first name as the actor; Koshir˘ has to change his name to Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I:
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5th lunar month of 1717: Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's masterpiece "Kokusen'ya Gassen" is produced simultaneously in the 3 Edo Kabuki theaters. This is the first Kabuki adaptation of a puppet theater play in Edo. It is produced at the Moritaza under the title "Kokusen'ya Gojitsu Gassen"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Wat˘nai [more details].
11th lunar month of 1724: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise program "Taiheiki Okuni Kabuki"; his main stage partners are Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II, Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Yamashita Kinsaku I and Ichikawa Monnosuke I.
1st lunar month of 1726: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Sakata Kintoki in the new year program "Kadomatsu Shitenn˘", which commemorates the 22nd anniversary of the death of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I.
"He came to Edo from Shimosa province, and was at first an onnagata, but later changed to tateyaku. He belonged to Danjűr˘'s aragoto, or rough-acting school, inherited from the brave balladry of early Edo J˘ruri, and is even said to have rivalled Danjűr˘ in the art of the unreal. In middle age he shaved his head as a sign of retirement from active life" (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
Matsumoto K˘shir˘ I playing the role of Aoto Saemon in the drama "Hachinoki Onna Migy˘sho", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1723 at the Nakamuraza (print made by Torii Kiyomasu II)
The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors
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