MATSUMOTO NAZAEMON III

Stage names:

Matsumoto Nazaemon III In Japanese
Matsumoto Tamanoi I [1] In Japanese

Line number: SANDAIME (III)

Existence: ???

Connection:

Grandfather: Matsumoto Nazaemon I

Father: Matsumoto Nazaemon II

Brother: Matsumoto Hy˘z˘

Disciple: Matsumoto Tamanoi II [1] (?)

Career:

1677: he started his career in ďsaka. His first stage name was Matsumoto Tamanoi I [1].

1683 ~1684 [2]: his father Matsumoto Nazaemon II died in ďsaka. He took the name of Matsumoto Nazaemon III.

11th lunar month of 1686: Arashi Monzabur˘ I worked as a zamoto for Nazaemon in his ďsaka theater; the actors performing for them were Arashi San'emon I, Takeshima K˘zaemon I, Sawamura Kodenji I, Uemura Tatsuya, Hanai Saijir˘, Kaneko Hikotar˘, Kawashima Kazuma, Yoshijima Kodayű, Sawai Hannosuke, Matsumoto Hy˘z˘ (Nazaemon's brother), Ichimura Shir˘ji, ďyama Giemon, Iwakura Man'emon and Sendai Yahachi.

1st lunar month of 1695: Nazaemon performed in ďsaka as a tachiyaku in the new year drama "Jingű K˘g˘", which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II.

7th lunar month of 1696: Nazaemon performed in ďsaka as a tachiyaku in the drama "Kamakura Ominaeshi" which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II.

1st lunar month of 1700: Nazaemon played the role of ďmu Seihachi in the new year drama "Kamakura Sh˘gatsu Tsukai", which was produced in ďsaka by Arashi San'emon II.

1st lunar month of 1701: Nazaemon performed in ďsaka as a tachiyaku in the new year drama "Keisei Tamazusa no Miei", which was produced by Arashi San'emon II.

11th lunar month of 1701: Nazaemon worked not only as a nadai but also a zamoto in his own theater; his kaomise starred Murayama Heijűr˘ I, Sakurayama Sh˘zaemon I, Somekawa Jűrobŕ, Ogino Sawanoj˘, Mihara Jűdayű I, Sugiyama Heihachi, Toyoda Dan'emon, Takeshima Takisabur˘, Sait˘ Kichizaemon, Kumamoto Izaemon and Matsumoto Kozaemon.

1st lunar month of 1702: Nazaemon produced in his theater the ni-no-kawari drama "Yome Kagami" [picture].

Fall 1702: Nazaemon produced in his theater the drama "Gonin Otoko", starring Somekawa Jűrobŕ and Ogino Sawanoj˘ in the roles of Karigane Bunshichi and Kiyokawa.

11th lunar month of 1703: Nazaemon worked not only as a nadai but also a zamoto in his own theater; his kaomise starred Yamashita Hanzaemon I, Osagawa Jűemon, Sakurayama Shirosabur˘ I, Mihara Jűdayű I, Iwai Sagenta I and Sodeshima Genji.

1st lunar month of 1704: Nazaemon produced in his theater the new year kiri ky˘gen sogamono drama "Tamatori Soga" with Mihara Jűdayű I, Yamashita Hanzaemon I and Iwai Sagenta I in the roles of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari and the courtesan ďiso no Tora (Jűr˘'s lover).

4th lunar month of 1704: Nazaemon's rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was naka-no-j˘ (superior in the middle class).

11th lunar month of 1704: Arashi Matsunoj˘ I took the name of Arashi San'emon III at the age of 8 and became zamoto for Nazaemon in ďsaka. The new San'emon performed on stage in the kaomise drama the ropp˘ technique, a trademark of his family.

1st lunar month of 1705: Arashi San'emon III produced in Nazaemon's theater the hatsu shibai drama "Taishokan Sanzes˘".

2nd lunar month of 1705: Arashi San'emon III produced in Nazaemon's theater the ni-no-kawari drama "Tosa no Kuni Godaisan Kaich˘"; Nazaemon performed as a tachiyaku in this drama.

Comments:

Matsumoto Nazaemon III was an important nadai in ďsaka. He was also a zamoto and a tachiyaku actor. He often worked with Arashi San'emon I, his son Arashi San'emon II and his grandson Arashi San'emon III. He died at the end of the H˘ei. The name of Matsumoto Nazaemon was used afterwards by several generations of nadai up to the Bunka era.

[1] an onnagata actor named Matsumoto Tamanoi II was active in Kamigata from 1693 to 1698. He was most likely a disciple of Matsumoto Nazaemon III.

[2] In Nojima Jusabur˘'s book "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", it was recorded that he took the name of Matsumoto Nazaemon III in 1681. This is not compatible with the fact that his father was still active in 1682.

Matsumoto Nazaemon III in an ilustration from the book "Hana no Edo Kabuki Nendaiki"

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