MATSUMOTO TOMOJ█Rď II

Stage names:

Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II
Matsumoto Shinkur˘

Guild: Iseya

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Poetry name: Kit˘

Existence: dates unknown

Connection:

Master: Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I

Career:

Before 1753: he starts his career as a disciple of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ I, who gives him the name of Matsumoto Shinkur˘. He learns the art of acting in travelling troupes.

11th lunar month of 1753: Matsumoto Shinkur˘ takes the name of Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II at Miyako Handayű's theater, performing as a katakiyaku in the kaomise drama "Hade Musume Bandachi Yakata", which is produced by Yamashita Ugenta II. This is his first stage appearance in ˘shibai.

Fall 1765: Tomojűr˘ goes to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1765: Tomojűr˘ plays at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Furitsumu Hana Nidai Genji".

1st lunar month of 1766: Tomojűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is one little stroke above j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1766: Tomojűr˘ plays at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Tsuno Moji Izu no Irifune", which celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Mitsugor˘ I, Ichikawa Somegor˘ and Sawamura Yodogor˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1767: Tomojűr˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, jitsuaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

Fall 1767: Tomojűr˘ goes back to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1767: Tomojűr˘ plays at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Masaki Danj˘ in the kaomise drama "Daikokuten", which is produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Onoe Kumesuke and celebrates the shűmei of Band˘ Yasuke and Band˘ Sukesabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1768: Tomojűr˘'s rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-(shiro)hankichi (superior - superior - (white) half excellent).

11th lunar month of 1771: Tomojűr˘ plays at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Iwabuchi Naizen in the kaomise drama "Bandai Isaoshi Genji", which is produced by Arashi Sanjűr˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1776: Tomojűr˘ plays the roles of Togashi Saemon and Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in the kaomise drama "Oso Uji Yodo no Irifune", which is produced in Ky˘to by Matsuyama Kogenji.

1st lunar month of 1777: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of the drama "Keisei Tonoi Zakura", whose plot is very close to Nagawa Kamesuke I's drama "Igagoe Norikake Gappa"; Tomojűr˘ plays the role of Kond˘ Nomorinosuke [casting]. This is his last recorded stage appearance and his last rank in the Ky˘to hy˘banki, katakiyaku section, is j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

Comments:

Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II was active from the 1750s to the 1770s. He was a Kamigata actor specialized in katakiyaku/jitsuaku roles and spent his career either on Ky˘to stages or in travelling troupes. He was not officially a d˘kegata but excelled in comic scenes or parody of serious scenes.

The actors Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ II (left) and ďtani Hirohachi I (right) performing in the 11th lunar month of 1760 at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Kiku Nagashi Kokka Taiheiki"

The Matsumoto Tomojűr˘ line of actors

 
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