Matsumoto Yonesaburô I

The actor Matsumoto Yonesaburô I held this name from the end of the 1770s to the 3rd lunar month of 1805.

Matsumoto Yonesaburô I portraying the courtesan Oshun in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni III (1862~1863)

Matsumoto Yonesaburô II
Matsumoto Yonesaburô II  In Japanese | Matsumoto Tokunosuke  In Japanese

Born in 1796. Second son of Matsumoto Yonesaburô I, his first stage name was Matsumoto Tokunosuke. He became wakaonnagata and took the name of Matsumoto Yonesaburô II in the 11th lunar month of 1812 at the Moritaza, playing the role of Princesses Katsu and Shikitae in the kaomise drama "Yukimo Yoshino Kigoto no Kaomise". He made his last stage appearance in the 1st lunar month of 1820, at the Kawarasakiza where he played 2 roles in the new year drama "Tama no Haru Soga no Kadomatsu". His rank in the Edo hyôbanki, wakaonnagata section, was jô-jô-(shiro)hankichi. He was the worthy heir of his father Matsumoto Yonesaburô I but he unfortunately died too young, the 11th of the 7th lunar month of 1820 [1].

There will be in the future to come a full page dedicated to Matsumoto Yonesaburô II in

Haimyô Yagô Betsumei
Bunsha Shôkakuya Matsumoto Yonesa II [2]

Matsumoto Yonesaburô II performing in the drama "Haji Momiji Ase no Kaomise", which was staged in the 7th lunar month of 1815 at the Kawarasakiza (print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I)



[1] The 11th of the 7th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Bunsei era was the 19th of August 1820 in the western calendar.

[2] Matsumoto Yonesa or Matsumoto Yonezô (another possible reading).

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