Stage name:

Matsumoto Nazaemon II In Japanese

Line number: NIDAIME (II)

Existence: ???


Father: Matsumoto Nazaemon I

Sons: Matsumoto Nazaemon III, Matsumoto Hyôzô

Disciples: Matsumoto Shigemaki, Matsumoto Bunzaemon, Matsumoto Sanshirô, Matsumoto Rokuemon, Matsumoto Kozarashi, Matsumoto Sazen, Matsumoto Kozen, Matsumoto Sagenta, Matsumoto Kazuma


1650s ~ 1660s: his father retired and gave him the name of Matsumoto Nazaemon II at an unknown date. He started his career as a wakashugata in Ôsaka.

1664: he performed as a dôkegata in Nagoya.

1665: he performed with Tamagawa Sennojô I in Nagoya at the Tachibana no Shibai in the drama "Kawachi-ga-Yoi".

1679: Nazaemon went to Edo with his son Matsumoto Hyôzô. They performed in the 8th lunar month at the mansion of the daimyô Matsudaira Yamato-no-Kami.

1682: Nazaemon opened his own theater in Ôsaka, working with the zamoto Araki Yojibę I and Arashi San'emon I.

1683 ~1684: Nazaemon died in Ôsaka.


Matsumoto Nazaemon II was an important figure of the Kabuki world in Ôsaka, where he took over the family business as a nadai. He was also an actor, who performed first as a wakashugata, then as a wakaonnagata and finally as a tachiyaku in his late years. He most likely introduced the system of yearly contracts for actors.

Matsumoto Nazaemon II

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