MATSUMOTO KďSHIRď V

Stage names:

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V In Japanese
Ichikawa Komaz˘ III In Japanese
Ichikawa Sumiz˘ I In Japanese

Other name:

Ichikawa Sumiz˘ I In Japanese

Guild: K˘raiya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry names: Kinsh˘, Kink˘

Existence: 1764 ~ 10th day of the 5th lunar month of 1838

Connection:

Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV

Sons: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ VI, Ichikawa Sumiz˘ II

Disciples: Matsumoto Kojir˘, Matsumoto Kingo I, Matsumoto Hidejűr˘ II

Career:

1st lunar month of 1770: first stage appearance at the Nakamuraza; he receives the name of Ichikawa Sumiz˘ I and plays in the new year sogamono "Kagamigaike Omokage Soga".

11th lunar month of 1772: Ichikawa Komaz˘ II and Ichikawa Sumiz˘ I respectively take the names of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV and Ichikawa Komaz˘ III at the Nakamuraza, playing in the kaomise drama "ďyoroi Ebid˘ Shinozuka".

7th lunar month of 1778: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the play "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki"; Komaz˘ plays the role of Fuwa no Bansaku [casting].

7th lunar month of 1788: Komaz˘ plays at the Kiriza the roles of Ume˘maru [illustration] and Takebe Genz˘ in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1788: Komaz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ranmaru in Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata", which celebrates the return in Edo of the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1789: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Karigane Bunshichi in the drama "Otokodate Itsutsu Karigane", sharing the stage with Nakamura Nakaz˘ I (Kaminari Sh˘kur˘), Ichikawa Monnosuke II (Gokuin Sen'emon), ďtani Hiroji III (Hotei Ichiemon) and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV (An no Heibei). The performance is successful but the audience drops when Nakamura Nakaz˘ I falls ill and has to be replaced.

11th lunar month of 1789: Komaz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Komachi-mura Shibai no Sh˘gatsu".

1st lunar month of 1790: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Danzabur˘ in the new year drama "Haru no Nishiki Datezome Soga"; the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune is played by Ichikawa Omez˘ I.

2nd lunar month of 1791: Komaz˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I and Matsumoto Kojir˘ join the Kawarazakiza; Komaz˘ plays the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune and Danzabur˘ in the new year drama "Hatsu Midori Saiwai Soga"; the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1791: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Issun Tokubŕ, Hidari no Jingor˘ and Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi in Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Onna Date K˘raiya Shima", which mixes several sekai like "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" or "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki" worlds. Komaz˘'s stage partner in the roles of Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ and Danshichi Kurobŕ is Nakamura Sukegor˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1791: Komaz˘ moves to the Nakamuraza and plays 3 roles, including Shirai Gonpachi, in the kaomise drama "Nidai Genji Oshi no G˘kyű"; the role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ is played by Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1792: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater 2 roles in the new year drama "Sumidagawa Shibai no Ennichi".

2nd lunar month of 1792: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Issun Tokubŕ in the drama "Sakuradai Chotto Tsuribune"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Tsuribune Sabu are played by Nakamura Sukegor˘ II and Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV. This is the last program in 1792 for the debt-ridden Nakamuraza.

11th lunar month of 1792: Komaz˘ moves to the Ichimuraza and plays in the kaomise program "Koganegiku Date no ďkido", which celebrates the shűmei of Segawa Yűjir˘ II.

5th lunar month of 1793: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Jűnai and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Fall 1793: the Ichimuraza goes out of business and gives its license to the Kiriza.

11th lunar month of 1793: Komaz˘ plays at the Kiriza the roles of Yorikane, Akamatsu Hikojir˘ and Fuwa Bansaku in the kaomise drama "Matsu no Tayű Yuki no Datezome", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

1st lunar month of 1794: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in the new year drama "Butai no Hana Wakayagi Soga".

8th lunar month of 1794: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Shunkan in the drama "Hime Komatsu Ne-no-Hi no Asobi".

11th lunar month of 1794: Komaz˘ moves to the Kawarazakiza. His yearly salary drops from 700 ry˘ to 550 ry˘ (this is a general salary cut for all Edo actors). He plays five roles, including Shinozuka Gor˘, the superhero of the "Shibaraku" scene, in the kaomise drama "Matsu no Misao Onna Kusunoki".

1st lunar month of 1795: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Danzabur˘ in the new year drama "Shimekazari Kichirei Soga"; the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune is played by Band˘ Minosuke I.

5th lunar month of 1795: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of En'ya Hangan and Teraoka Heiemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura", which commemorates the 12th anniversary (13th memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ I.

9th lunar month of 1795: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Motome in the drama "Imoseyama Onna Teikin".

11th lunar month of 1795: Komaz˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise program "Fuku Botan Azuma Dairi".

3rd lunar month of 1796: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Jűtar˘ and Kanpei in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

8th lunar month of 1796: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ishikawa Goemon and Sasaki Ganryű in the drama "Keisei Suikoden".

11th lunar month of 1796: Komaz˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza in the kaomise drama "Itsukushima Yuki no Kaomise".

1st lunar month of 1797: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Bench˘ and Tokura Jűnai in the new year drama "Fuji Miru Sato Yawaragi Soga"; the role of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari is played by Band˘ Minosuke I.

3rd lunar month of 1797: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Sukeroku in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Sakurabito". His stage partners are Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV (the shirozake seller Shinbŕ), Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I (Agemaki) and Onoe Matsusuke I (Ikyű).

5th lunar month of 1797: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Yamazaki Yogor˘, Hanaregoma Ch˘kichi and Furuteya Hachirobŕ in the drama "Sekitori Sh˘bu no Katabira", which is similar to "Futatsu Ch˘ch˘ Kuruwa Nikki". The role of Ch˘kichi's rival Nuregami Ch˘gor˘ is played by Onoe Matsusuke I.

9th lunar month of 1797: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Watanabe Saky˘ and Shiga Daishichi in the drama "Mitsugimono Shiga no Irifune".

11th lunar month of 1797: Komaz˘ and his father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV move to the Nakamuraza and play in the kaomise drama "Kaikei Koky˘ no Nishikigi", sharing the stage with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI, Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, Onoe Matsusuke I, Nakayama Tomisabur˘ I, Band˘ Hikosabur˘ III, Nakamura Noshio II, Band˘ Minosuke I, Iwai Kumesabur˘ I and Ichikawa Ebiz˘ V. This kaomise program, which celebrates the reopening of the Nakamuraza, is a huge success.

3rd lunar month of 1798: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Wakakoma Norizome Soga".

5th lunar month of 1798: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Washizuka Yaheiji in the drama "Katakiuchi Somewake Tazuna".

8th lunar month of 1798: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of the spirit of Masakado and Chihara Sakon in the drama "Irifune Shinoda no Dekiaki".

9th lunar month of 1798: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Jűtar˘ and Yakanpei in the dramas "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku" and "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami".

11th lunar month of 1798: Komaz˘ becomes jitsuaku and plays at the Nakamuraza in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Hana to Mimasu Yoshino no Miyuki".

3rd lunar month of 1799: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku Kuruwa no Hanami Doki", which commemorates the 22nd anniversary (23rd memorial service) of late Ichikawa Ebiz˘ III. The roles of Sukeroku and Agemaki are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI and Iwai Kumesabur˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1799: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and Yuranosuke in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura". Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VI, who plays the roles of Teraoka Heiemon, ďwashi Bungo and Momonoi Wakasanosuke, falls ill the 18th April and dies the 13th day of the 5th lunar month. The management of the Nakamuraza decides to stop the productions up to the 11th lunar month kaomise.

11th lunar month of 1799: Komaz˘ plays at the Nakamuraza in the kaomise drama "Tametomo Yumiya no Oyafune", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1800: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Izu no Jir˘ in the new year drama "Fuji o Mimasu Saiwai Soga". This production is the last stage appearance of Iwai Hanshir˘ IV, a long time stage partner of Komaz˘'s father Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

5th lunar month of 1800: Komaz˘ plays in the same theater the role of Igami no Gonta ("Sushiya") in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

5th lunar month of 1801: Komaz˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Princess Yuki and Konoshita T˘kichi are played by Segawa Kikunoj˘ III and Ichikawa Yaoz˘ III.

11th lunar month of 1801: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza for the K˘raiya guild; Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, his son Ichikawa Komaz˘ III and Ichikawa Santar˘ respectively take the names of Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Ichikawa Komaz˘ IV. They play together in the kaomise drama "Otoko Narikeri Onna Masakado".

1st lunar month of 1802: K˘shir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

8th lunar month of 1803: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Banzui Ch˘bŕ Sh˘jin Manaita", which commemorates the 1st anniversary of the death of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1808: K˘shir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Nikki Danj˘, Yoemon and Taniz˘ in the drama "Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki".

5th lunar month of 1808: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Teraoka Heiemon and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1808: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Toki-mo Kiky˘ Shusse no Ukej˘"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Takechi Mitsuhide [casting].

8th lunar month of 1808: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater two roles in the drama "Kore-ga-Katami K˘raiyajima", which commemorates the 6th anniversary (7th memorial service) of the passing away of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV.

1st lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Kokoro no Nazo Toketa Iroito"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Hantoki Kurobŕ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure" (commonly called "Shirafuji Genta"); K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Gonsuke and the rice dealer Sakama Denbŕ [casting]. The play ends with a Tomimoto-based dance called "Kaze Sasou Kane mo Yotsudake", starring K˘shir˘, Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III. K˘shir˘ also plays the role of Ishikawa Goemon in the drama "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri"; the role of Mashiba Hisayoshi is played by Suketakaya Takasuke II.

5th lunar month of 1810: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV and Sakurada Jisuke II drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Tateba no Taheiji and Saeda Daigakunosuke [casting].

1st lunar month of 1811: K˘shir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Ky˘ no Jir˘, the r˘nin Hataemon and Taira no Kagekiyo in the new year sogamono "Mutsumashizuki H˘rai Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1811: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the role of Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Sukeroku and the courtesan Agemaki are played by Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII and Iwai Hanshir˘ V.

7th lunar month of 1811: premiere at the Ichimuraza of "Tamamo-no-Mae Obana no Nishiki", the Kabuki adaptation of the puppet theater drama "Tamamo-no-Mae Asahi no Tamoto"; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of In-no-Chű˘, Kyűbi no Kitsune (the nine-tailed fox) and Miuranosuke Yoshiaki [more details]. It was followed by the premiere at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Nazo no Obi Chotto Tokubŕ"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of ďshima Danshichi [more details].

9th lunar month of 1811: K˘shir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori and Igami no Gonta in the classic "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

3rd lunar month of 1813: premiere at the Moritaza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's play "Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri" (commonly called "Osome no Nanayaku", in English "The seven roles of Osome"). The seven roles are played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Kimon no Kihŕ and Matsumotoya Sashir˘ [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome", commonly called "Onna Seigen"; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Kume no Heinai Nagamori, Yamada no Sabur˘ Kanetsugu and Sarushima S˘ta (in reality Awazu no Shichir˘) [more details].

5th lunar month of 1815: premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kakitsubata Iro mo Edozome" (commonly called "Oroku to Gantetsu" or "Dote no Oroku"); K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Funabashi Jir˘zaemon and Gantetsu [casting].

3rd lunar month of 1818: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Banzui Ch˘bŕ Sh˘jin Manaita". His partners in the roles of Shirai Gonpachi and Komurasaki are Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

9th lunar month of 1820: K˘shir˘ and Iwai Hanshir˘ V go together to Kamigata. K˘shir˘ plays in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai the role of Mitsuhide in the drama "Iwai Kotobuki Chiyo no Matsumoto" (an auspicious title to welcome the 2 Edo stars). He also plays three roles in "Aburaya Osome Ukina no Yomiuri".

3rd lunar month of 1821: K˘shir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of T˘bŕ, Iwafuji and S˘ta in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Sumidagawa Hana no Goshozome".

6th lunar month of 1821: Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", is revived for the first time, 11 years and 3 months after its premiere in Edo, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Denbŕ and Gonsuke [casting]. He also plays the role of Senoo Jűr˘ Kaneuji in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki"; the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori is played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

7th lunar month of 1821: K˘shir˘ plays at the Naka no Shibai the role of Miki Danj˘ in the drama "Hagi ha Sendai Na ha Matsumoto", whose plot and characters belong to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world; the role of Hosokawa Katsumoto is played by Nakamura Utaemon III.

9th lunar month of 1821: K˘shir˘ plays in the same theater the roles of Ishikawa Goemon, T˘kichi and Kambei in the drama "Konoshita Kage Hazama Gassen". He also plays the role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Tatehiki Kotoba no Hanakawado"; the roles of Shirai Gonpachi and Komurasaki are played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Arashi Koroku IV.

Fall 1821: K˘shir˘ goes back to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1821 (end of the month): premiere at the Kawarazakiza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Imoseyama Hitome Senbon", which mixes the "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" and "Imoseyama Onna Teikin" worlds; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Taira no Tomomori, Kenmotsu Tar˘ and Kawagoe Shigeyori [casting].

5th lunar month of 1822: K˘shir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori, Tokaiya Ginpei, Taira no Tomomori and Igami no Gonta in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

5th lunar month of 1823: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Matsu˘maru and Haji no Hy˘ei in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

9th lunar month of 1824: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Ky˘goku no Takumi in the drama "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi".

6th lunar month of 1825: K˘shir˘ plays at the Kawarazakiza the role of Senoo Jűr˘ Kaneuji in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki". He also plays the role of Sasano Sangobei in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; the roles of Sakuraya Koman and Satsuma Gengobŕ are played by Iwai Shijaku I and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII.

7th lunar month of 1825: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of K˘ no Moron˘, Sadakur˘, Kakogawa Honz˘ and Hara Goemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

7th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's ghost play "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; K˘shir˘ plays the role of Naosuke Gonbŕ [casting].

9th lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kamikakete Sango Taisetsu"; K˘shir˘ plays the roles of Satsuma Gengobŕ (in reality Fuwa Kazuemon) and Yasuke [casting].

9th lunar month of 1827: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Naosuke Gonbŕ and Tamiya Iemon in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

1st lunar month of 1828: revival at the Nakamuraza of the dance-drama "Oshidori" by Segawa Jok˘ II; Shikan plays the role of Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa [more details].

11th lunar month of 1828: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza 5 roles, including Akushichiby˘e Kagekiyo, in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Motomishi Hana Otogi Heike"; his yearly salary is 600 ry˘.

3rd lunar month of 1829: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Kawagoe Shigeyori, Igami no Gonta and the priest Yokawa no Zenji Kakuhan in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

21st day of the 3rd lunar month of 1829: a fire breaks out from the shop of Owariya Tokuemon, in the district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It spreads and destroys the Edo theaters district. K˘shir˘ decides to go to Kamigata through Ise.

Summer 1829: tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1829: K˘shir˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Matsushita Kaheiji Renga Hy˘ban"; his stage partners are Nakamura Utaemon III, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Ichikawa Hakuen II, Arashi Rikan II, Nakamura Matsue III, Iwai Kumesabur˘ II and Sawamura Kunitar˘ II. K˘shir˘ also plays the role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Edo Shiire Ikiji no Yasuuri"; the roles of Ch˘bŕ's wife and Shirai Gonpachi are played by Iwai Kumesabur˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1830: K˘shir˘ plays at the Kado no Shibai the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and Hara Goemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

Spring ~ Summer 1830: tour in Ise, Nagoya and Tateyama with Ichikawa Hakuen II. Then, the two actors go back to Edo through the Nakasend˘.

8th lunar month of 1830: K˘shir˘ is back in Edo and plays at the Kawarazakiza in the drama "Ichikawaya Masago no Gohiiki".

6th lunar month of 1834: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the role of Naosuke Gonbŕ in the drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan".

3rd lunar month of 1836: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Momonoi Wakasanosuke and Hara Goemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

3rd lunar month of 1836: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of Gonta and Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the "Ko-no-Mi" and "Sushiya" scenes of the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

8th lunar month of 1837: K˘shir˘ plays at the Nakamuraza the roles of K˘ no Moron˘ and Hara Goemon in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

4th ~ 5th lunar months of 1838: K˘shir˘ appears on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, playing in the drama "Bunbu Ry˘d˘ ďgi no Adauchi". He suddenly collapses on stage and dies the 10th May.

Comments:

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V was one of the Kabuki giants, a senry˘ yakusha, during the Bunka, Bunsei and Tenp˘ eras. In his 20's he was a tachiyaku actor excelling in nimaime roles like Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari in sogamono dramas. He started to perform jitsuaku roles from the 11th lunar month of 1798 and quickly became one of the best actors for villain roles, especially in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's kizewamono. He had a considerable influence on actors like Onoe Kikugor˘ III or Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII. The kata he deviced for some of the most famous roles in Kabuki history, like Gonta ("Sushiya") or Nikki Danj˘* ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi") are still used nowadays.

"The fifth K˘shir˘ had a very large nose and his eyes were close together, two facial defects the print artists were fond of depicting, so that this Edo actor is easily picked out in the pictures illustrating the theatre of this time." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V's best roles: Nikki Danj˘ ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi"), K˘ no Moron˘ ("Kanadehon Chűshingura"), Igami no Gonta ("Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura"), Tateba no Taheiji/Saeda Daigakunosuke ("Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"), Matsu˘maru ("Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami"), Iwafuji ("Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"), Ikyű ("Sukeroku"), Akechi Mitsuhide ("Badarai no Mitsuhide"), Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune (sogamono) and Banzui Ch˘bŕ.

(*) the mon on Danj˘'s costums is always Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V's one.

Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V portraying Nikki Danj˘ in a print made by Utagawa Kunisada I

Prints & Illustrations

4 faces of the actor

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by T˘shűsai Sharaku in 1794

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1802

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1808

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1810

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1815

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1828

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1834

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1838

The Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Komaz˘ line of actors

The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors

 
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