MATSUSHIMA HAN'YA
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Matsushima Han'ya I
Matsushima Han'ya I  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He was most likely a disciple of Matsumoto Nazaemon II. He started his career in his native city of ďsaka in 1670, performing as a wakashugata. He became wakaonnagata and zamoto in 1680. He produced with Yamatoya Jinbŕ II in ďsaka in 1680 the drama "Sumadera no Kaich˘". He retired from the Kabuki stage in the 11th lunar month of 1686. He was the master of Matsushima Hanshichi I and Matsushima Han'ya II.

Matsushima Han'ya I in the book "Yakusha Hakkei", which was published in Ky˘to in 1680

Matsushima Han'ya II
Matsushima Han'ya II  In Japanese | Matsushima Sakuya I  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Matsushima Han'ya I, his first stage name was Matsushima Sakuya I. He became wakaonnagata and took the name of Matsushima Han'ya II in the 12th lunar month of 1686. He went to Edo and performed in the 1st lunar month of 1693 at the Moritaza, along with Ichikawa Danjűr˘ I, in the same theater in the drama "Nidaime Fuwa Banzaemon Shimabara Kitsune". He went back to ďsaka in 1697. No record afterwards.

Matsushima Han'ya II in an ilustration from the book "Hana no Edo Kabuki Nendaiki"

Matsushima Han'ya III
Matsushima Han'ya III  In Japanese
 

A wakashugata actor, who was named Matsushima Han'ya III, performed in Ky˘to in 1708. No record afterwards.

Matsushima Han'ya IV
Matsushima Han'ya IV  In Japanese | Matsushima Sakuya III  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. He started his career as a wakashugata, performing in the 11th lunar month of 1725 at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Gokoku J˘ju Naniwa no Yakata". His first stage name was Matsushima Sakuya III. He became wakaonnagata and took the name of Matsushima Han'ya IV in the 11th lunar month of 1728, performing at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kunkoku ďe no Kishi" which was produced by Sanogawa Hanazuma I. He played the role of Tamaki in the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Imose no Matsukane", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai [1]. His rank in the 1733 ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was one rank below (superior). No record afterwards.

Matsushima Han'ya IV playing the role of Tamaki in the kaomise drama "Hana Yakata Imose no Matsukane", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1732 at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai [1]

[1] Also called Sakurabashi ďshibai (Grand Kabuki at the Sakura Bridge).

 
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