MATSUMOTO KďSHIRď V

Stage names:

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

Others names:

Matsumoto Sumiz˘ I In Japanese
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 [1]

Connection:

Father: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV

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

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

Career:

1764: born in Edo.

1st lunar month of 1770: first stage appearance, in Edo at the Nakamuraza, where he received the name of Ichikawa Sumiz˘ I and performed in the new year sogamono drama "Kagamigaike Omokage Soga".

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

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

7th lunar month of 1788: Komaz˘ played 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˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Ranmaru in Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise drama "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1789: Komaz˘ played 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 was successful but the audience dropped when Nakamura Nakaz˘ I fell ill and had to be replaced.

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

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

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

5th lunar month of 1791: Komaz˘ played 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 mixed 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 was Nakamura Sukegor˘ II.

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

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

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

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

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

Fall 1793: the Ichimuraza went out of business and gave its license to the Kiriza.

11th lunar month of 1793: Komaz˘ played 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 belonged to the "Meiboku Sendai Hagi" world.

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

5th lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Kiriza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Katakiuchi Noriai Banashi"; Komaz˘ played the roles of the kagokaki Hototogisu no Goroz˘ (in reality Shiga Daishichi) and the Shinoda yakko Tsutahei [more details].

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

11th lunar month of 1794: Komaz˘ moved to the Kawarasakiza. His yearly salary dropped from 700 ry˘ to 550 ry˘ (this was a general salary cut for all Edo actors). He played 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˘ played in the same theater the roles of Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and Danzabur˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Shimekazari Kichirei Soga"; the role of Soga Gor˘ Tokimune was played by Band˘ Minosuke I.

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

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

11th lunar month of 1795: Komaz˘ performed at the Kawarasakiza in the kaomise drama "Fuku Botan Azuma Dairi".

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

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

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

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

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

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

9th lunar month of 1797: Komaz˘ played 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 moved to the Nakamuraza and performed 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 celebrated the reopening of the Nakamuraza, was a huge success.

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

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

8th lunar month of 1798: Komaz˘ played 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˘ played 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˘ became jitsuaku and performed at the Nakamuraza in Fukumori Kyűsuke I's kaomise drama "Hana to Mimasu Yoshino no Miyuki".

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

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

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

1st lunar month of 1800: Komaz˘ played in the same theater the role of Izu no Jir˘ in the new year sogamono drama "Fuji o Mimasu Saiwai Soga". This production was 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˘ played in the same theater the role of Igami no Gonta ("Sushiya") in the drama "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura".

5th lunar month of 1801: Komaz˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Matsunaga Daizen in the drama "Gion Sairei Shink˘ki"; the roles of Princess Yuki and Konoshita T˘kichi were 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 took the names of Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘, Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V and Ichikawa Komaz˘ IV. They performed 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, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent) [visual].

27th day of the 6th lunar month of 1802 [5]: his father Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘ (Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV) died in Edo.

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

9th lunar month of 1804: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari" was staged for the first time in Edo, produced by Ichimura Uzaemon XI at the Ichimuraza; K˘shir˘ played the roles of tsűji K˘sai Tenz˘ and Hamada K˘jűr˘ [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1808: K˘shir˘ played 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˘ played 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 Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Toki-mo Kiky˘ Shusse no Ukej˘"; K˘shir˘ played the role of Takechi Mitsuhide [casting].

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

11th lunar month of 1809: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Katsu Hy˘z˘ I and Sakurada Jisuke II kaomise drama "Misao no Hana Toba no Koizuka", which celebrated the shűmei of Onoe Sh˘roku I and Onoe Matsusuke II; K˘shir˘ played the roles of End˘ Musha Morit˘ (later the bonze Mongaku), the priest Raig˘ Ajari, the kagokaki Idaten no Tarohachi (in reality Osada Tar˘ Kagemune), Shume no Hangan Morihisa and Chinzei Hachir˘ Tametomo [more details].

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˘ played the role of Hantoki Kurobŕ [casting].

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

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

1st lunar month of 1811: K˘shir˘ played 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 drama "Mutsumashizuki H˘rai Soga".

2nd lunar month of 1811: K˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Ikyű in the drama "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura"; the roles of Sukeroku and the courtesan Agemaki were 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˘ played 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˘ played the role of ďshima Danshichi [more details].

9th lunar month of 1811: K˘shir˘ played 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 were played by Iwai Hanshir˘ V; K˘shir˘ played 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˘ played the roles of Kume no Heinai Nagamori, Yamada no Sabur˘ Kanetsugu and Sarushima S˘ta (in reality Awazu no Shichir˘) [more details].

7th lunar month of 1814: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's natsu ky˘gen "Imaori Hakata no Irifune"; K˘shir˘ played the roles of the tsűji Tsuzuki Denshichi, Nig˘ Hanz˘, the anma Torikaji no Ch˘an and Fukushimaya Seibŕ [casting].

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

1st lunar month of 1816: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the new year sogamono drama "Hiyoku no Ch˘ Haru no Soga Giku". This new year drama mixed two sekai: it was a sogamono and a gonpachi-komurasakimono. The sogamono fell into oblivion and the gonpachi-komurasakimono was staged independently under the title "Sono Kouta Yume mo Yoshiwara" ("Gonge" and "Gonj˘"); K˘shir˘ played the roles of ďmi no Kot˘ta, Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ, the priest Kanshinb˘ and the carpenter Rokusa [more details].

3rd lunar month of 1818: K˘shir˘ played 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 were Iwai Hanshir˘ V and Segawa Kikunoj˘ V.

9th lunar month of 1820: K˘shir˘ and Iwai Hanshir˘ V went together to Kamigata; K˘shir˘ played 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). K˘shir˘ also played three roles in "Aburaya Osome Ukina no Yomiuri".

3rd lunar month of 1821: K˘shir˘ played 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: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", was 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˘ played the roles of Denbŕ and Gonsuke [casting]. He also played the role of Senoo Jűr˘ Kaneuji in the drama "Genpei Nunobiki no Taki"; the role of Sait˘ Bett˘ Sanemori was played by Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III.

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

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

Fall 1821: K˘shir˘ went back to Edo.

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

5th lunar month of 1822: K˘shir˘ played 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˘ played at the Nakamuraza the roles of Matsu˘maru and Haji no Hy˘e in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami".

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

1st lunar month of 1825: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Tsuruya Nanboku IV's new year sogamono drama "Okuni-iri Soga Nakamura"; K˘shir˘ played the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Banzuiin Ch˘bŕ, the hinin Yoine no Nisuke (in reality Aritake Tansuke, later T˘ken Gonbŕ), Akazawa Jűnai (later Teranishi Kanshin) and Izu Jirozaemon Sukekane [casting].

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

7th lunar month of 1825: K˘shir˘ played 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˘ played 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˘ played the roles of Satsuma Gengobŕ (in reality Fuwa Kazuemon) and Yasuke [casting].

9th lunar month of 1827: K˘shir˘ played 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 played the role of Matano Gor˘ Kagehisa [more details].

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

3rd lunar month of 1829: K˘shir˘ played 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 [3]: a fire broke out from the shop of Owariya Tokuemon, in the district of Kanda Sakuma-ch˘. It spread and destroyed the Edo theaters district. K˘shir˘ decided to go to Kamigata through Ise.

Summer 1829: tour in Ise.

11th lunar month of 1829: K˘shir˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Matsushita Kaheiji Renga Hy˘ban"; his stage partners were 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 played the role of Banzui Ch˘bŕ in the drama "Edo Shiire Ikiji no Yasuuri"; the roles of Ch˘bŕ's wife and Shirai Gonpachi were played by Iwai Kumesabur˘ II.

3rd lunar month of 1830: K˘shir˘ played 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 went back to Edo through the Nakasend˘.

8th lunar month of 1830: K˘shir˘ was back in Edo and performed at the Kawarasakiza in the drama "Ichikawaya Masago no Gohiiki".

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

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

3rd lunar month of 1836: K˘shir˘ played 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˘ played 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˘ appeared on stage for the last time, at the Nakamuraza, performing in the drama "Bunbu Ry˘d˘ ďgi no Adauchi". He suddenly collapsed on stage.

10th day of the 5th lunar month of 1838 [1]: K˘shir˘ died in Edo.

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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˘[2] ("Meiboku Sendai Hagi") were 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.

[1] The 10th day of the 5th lunar month of the 9th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 1st of July 1838 in the western calendar.

[2] The mon on Danj˘'s costums was always Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V's one.

[3] The 21st day of the 3rd lunar month of the 12th year of the Bunsei era was the 24th of April 1829 in the western calendar.

[4] The 13th day of the 5th lunar month of the 11th year of the Kansei era was the 16th of June 1799 in the western calendar.

[5] The 27th day of the 6th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ky˘wa era was the 26th of July 1802 in the western calendar.

The actor Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V as Ishikawa Goemon in the play "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri", performed at the Ichimura Theater in the third month, 1810
Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I
Date: 1810
The Art Institute of Chicago (print in the public domain)

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 1815

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1828

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1834

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1838

The Matsumoto Sumiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Sumiz˘ line of actors

The Ichikawa Komaz˘ line of actors

The Matsumoto K˘shir˘ line of actors

 
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