MATSUSHIMA HANJI
   
SIX GENERATIONS
Matsushima Hanji I
 

The sakusha Matsushima Ch˘fu I held the name of Matsushima Hanji I from the 1790s to 1807.

The name of Matsushima Hanji I in the 1806 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Matsushima Hanji II
Matsushima Hanji II  In Japanese | Matsushima Y˘suke II  In Japanese
 

Date of birth unknown. Disciple of Matsushima Hanji I, his fist pen name was Matsushima Y˘suke II and he started his sakusha career at the beginning of the 1810s. He wrote the lyrics of the dance-drama "Ukina no Hatsuzakura", which was staged in the 3rd lunar month of 1818 at the Moritaza. He took the name of Matsushima Hanji II in the 11th lunar month of 1818 at the Nakamuraza, working along with Sakurada Jisuke II, Namiki Gohei II (who celebrated his shűmei), Tsuchii Hy˘shichi I and Tajima Konosuke I, on the kaomise drama "Ise Heiji Hiiki no Kamikaze". This sanmaime sakusha, who lived in Edo in the district of Tsukiji, died the 23rd day of the 6th month of 1825 [1].

The name of Matsushima Hanji II in the 1823 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Matsushima Hanji III
 

The sakusha Ky˘gend˘ Sak˘ II held the name of Matsushima Hanji III from 1825 to 1833.

The name of Matsushima Hanji III in the 1828 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Matsushima Hanji IV
Matsushima Hanji IV  In Japanese | Matsushima Y˘suke III  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Matsushima Ch˘fu I, his fist pen name was Matsushima Y˘suke III and he started his sakusha career during the second half of the 1820s. He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1828 at the Ichimuraza, along with Matsushima Ch˘fu I, Matsukawa H˘saku, Nagawa Motosuke and Nakamura Jűsuke IV, on the kaomise drama "Mitsugi no Yuki Genji Hiiki". His yearly salary was 20 ry˘ [2]. He took the name of Matsushima Hanji IV in either 1833 or 1834. He worked in the 7th lunar month of 1847 at the Ichimuraza, along with Shimizu Sh˘shichi II, Sakurada Jisuke III, Tajima Konosuke II and Fukumori Kyűji, on a great program which was entitled "Onoe Baiju Ichidai Banashi" and which commemorated the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Sh˘roku I. He worked in the 1st lunar month of 1857 at the Nakamuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke IV, on the new year sogamono "Toshitoku Matsu no Shimadai". No record afterwards.

The name of Matsushima Hanji IV in the 1839 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

Matsushima Hanji V
Matsushima Hanji V  In Japanese | Matsushima Ch˘fu III  In Japanese | Tajima Konosuke II  In Japanese | Ichikawa Ichihei  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ VII, he started his career as an actor and his stage name was Ichikawa Ichihei. He switched to sakusha and became a disciple of Sakurada Jisuke III, who gave him the name of Tajima Konosuke II. He worked in the 11th lunar month of 1845 at the Nakamuraza, along with Mimasuya Nis˘ji, Toyoshima Shinz˘ and Namiki Gohei III, on the kaomise drama "Hana no Sakazuki ďeyama", which celebrated the shűmei of Onoe Kikujűr˘ I. He took the name of Matsushima Ch˘fu III in the 11th lunar month of 1847, working at the Ichimuraza, along with Sakurada Jisuke III, Namiki Gohei III, Fujimoto Kichibŕ and Shimizu Sh˘shichi II, on the kaomise drama "Genke Hachidai Megumi no Tsuwamono", which welcomed back in Edo the actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV. He took the name of Matsushima Hanji V at the beginning of the 1850s. No record afterwards.

Matsushima Hanji VI
Matsushima Hanji VI  In Japanese | Matsushima T˘ji  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career at the beginning of the 1850s, working as a disciple of Sakurada Jisuke III, who gave him the name of Matsushima T˘ji. He took the name of Matsushima Hanji VI. He was recorded as working at the Nakamuraza from 1855 to 1857. No record afterwards.

[1] The 23rd day of the 6th lunar month of the 8th year of the Bunsei era was the 7th of August 1825 in the western calendar.

[2] Tsuruya Nanboku IV, the best Edo playwright, was paid 175 ry˘. Band˘ Mitsugor˘ III, the zagashira at the Ichimuraza, was paid 700 ry˘.

 
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