Stage name:

Matsushima Han'ya I In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Chish

Existence: ???


Master: Matsumoto Nazaemon II (?)

Disciples: Matsushima Han'ya II, Matsushima Hanshichi I


1670: most likely a disciple of Matsumoto Nazaemon II, he started his career in his native city of saka, performing as a wakashugata.

1680: Han'ya He became wakaonnagata and zamoto, producing with Yamatoya Jinb II in saka the drama "Sumadera no Kaich".

11th lunar month of 1686: Han'ya retired from the Kabuki stage. He became giya and his business name was Izutsuya Shichizaemon.


Matsushima Han'ya I was active in saka from the end of the Kanbun era to the Jky era. He was said to be the greatest onnagata in saka.

"When just a bud in the way of boy love, this youth was already as beautiful as the diving girls of Matsushima and Ojima Islands. Moreover, he was deeply affectionate and sophisticated at entertaining his patrons; he excelled in the serving of sake. No other actor could even approach his love letters in style... A purple kerchief was the typical head gear for male actors of the day, but he was the first to wear one of pale-blue silk crepe. It made him all the more beautiful... He made sure that onstage even the way he said a little word like "hello" was attractive." Ihara Saikaku about Matsushima Han'ya I (in K. Mezur's book "Beautiful Boys/Outlaw Bodies: Devising Kabuki Female-Likeness")

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

The Matsushima Han'ya line of actors

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