YAMASHITA MATATARď
   
FOUR GENERATIONS
Yamashita Matatar˘ I
 

The founder of the line Yamashita Matatar˘ I held this name from the 11th lunar month of 1734 to the 9th lunar month of 1762.

Yamashita Matatar˘ I playing the role of the farmer Jir˘z˘ in the kaomise drama "Fukakusa-no-In Sann˘ no Maki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1737 at the Naka no Shibai

Yamashita Matatar˘ II
Yamashita Matatar˘ II  In Japanese | Yamashita Iwatar˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of Yamashita Matatar˘ I, he did his training with his father, who gave him the name of Yamashita Iwatar˘. He took the name of Yamashita Matatar˘ II in the 11th lunar month of 1766, performing in the kaomise drama "Yamato Uta Hikime no Yaguruma", which was produced by Nakamura Utaemon I. His name appeared for the last time on a theater playbill in the 12th lunar month of 1767. We don't know what happened to him afterwards.

Yamashita Matatar˘ III
Yamashita Matatar˘ III  In Japanese | Takinaka Iwanoj˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. His first stage name was Takinaka Iwanoj˘, which appeared in the Moritaza playbill in the 2nd lunar month of 1773. He took the name of Yamashita Matatar˘ III in the same theater in the 11th lunar month of 1774, performing as a wakaonnagata in the kaomise drama "Ichi no Tomi Tsuki no Kaomise", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of Nakamura Tomijűr˘ I and his adopted son Nakamura Shingor˘ II. He most likely performed in Edo up to 1777 but his career was not really successful and his fame did not rise. He was the adoptive father of Yamashita Matatar˘ IV.

Haimy˘ Yag˘
Bunki Takitaya
Yamashita Matatar˘ IV
Yamashita Matatar˘ IV  In Japanese | Nakamura Mojűr˘  In Japanese
 

Dates of birth and death unknown. Disciple of Nakamura Sukegor˘ II, he was recorded for the first time in the 11th lunar month of 1772, when he performed as a tachiyaku at the Moritaza in the kaomise drama "Izu Goyomi Shibai no Ganjitsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura Ch˘jűr˘ IV, Sawamura Kijűr˘ II and Mikuni Fujigor˘. He was adopted by Yamashita Matatar˘ III and took the name of Yamashita Matatar˘ IV in the 11th lunar month of 1777 at the Moritaza, performing as a tachiyaku in the kaomise drama "Hito no Kuni Yori Mitsugi no Irifune", which celebrated the return to Edo of the actor Sawamura S˘jűr˘ III. He was active in Edo up to 1783. No record afterwards.

The name of Yamashita Matatar˘ IV in the 1779 Edo hy˘banki (the zone within the red box)

 
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