Stage names:

Yamashita Matashir˘ I In Japanese
Fujikawa Matashir˘ In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: ďgai

Existence: 1661 ~ 9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1736


Masters: Yamashita Hanzaemon (Ky˘emon I), Fujikawa Buzaemon I

Adopted son: Yamashita Kinsaku I

Disciple: Yamashita Ugenta I

Son-in-law: Nakamura Shingor˘ I


Before 1690: he starts his career as a disciple of Fujikawa Buzaemon I, who gives him the name of Fujikawa Matashir˘.

1691: he becomes a disciple of Yamashita Hanzaemon and changes his the name to Yamashita Matashir˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1695: Matashir˘ plays in ďsaka the role of Ogata Hachir˘ Tokikuni in the drama "Jingű K˘g˘", which is produced by Arashi San'emon II.

Fall 1696: Matashir˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1696: Matashir˘ plays at the Ichimuraza the role of Tamanaga Heinoj˘ in the drama "Keisei Natorigawa"; his stage partners are Mizuki Tatsunosuke I, Miyazaki Denkichi and Tanishima Mondo.

2nd lunar month of 1697: Matashir˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is (superior).

1698: Matashir˘ goes back to ďsaka.

3rd lunar month of 1701: Matashir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘ (superior - superior). He shares the same rank with Kataoka Nizaemon I, Osagawa Jűemon, Shibazaki Rinzaemon I, Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I, Takioka Hikoemon and Murayama Heijűr˘ I.

Winter 1711 (January?): Matashir˘ appears on stage for the last time, in Ky˘to, playing the role of Suminoe Mondo in the new year drama "Onna Sh˘j˘". He retires and takes the tonsure in an ďsaka Temple, calling himself S˘kan.

3rd lunar month of 1711: Matashir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent).

18th day of the 1st lunar month of 1717: his second master Yamashita Ky˘emon I dies.

3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of 1729: his first master Fujikawa Buzaemon I dies.

9th day of the 8th lunar month of 1736: the priest S˘kan dies in ďsaka.


Yamashita Matashir˘ I was a Kamigata tachiyaku actor, who made a 20-year long career from the beginning of the 1690s to the beginning of the 1710s. He was quite popular but preferred to retire at the age of 50 to become a Buddhist priest and enjoy more than 25 years of peacefulness. As an actor, he excelled in bud˘goto roles and yatsushi dances. His wife was the sister of Iwai Hanshir˘ III.

Yamashita Matashir˘ I playing the role of the kar˘ Kawakatsu Kumeemon in the new year drama "Keisei Okusama Sugata Meshitaki Sugata", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1700 in ďsaka

The Yamashita Matashir˘ line of actors

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