MATSUMOTO YONESABURď I

Stage names:

Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I In Japanese
Yoshizawa Kichijűr˘ I In Japanese

Other name:

Matsumoto Yonesa I [1] In Japanese

Guild: Sh˘kakuya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Bunsha

Existence: 1774 ~ 11th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1805 [2]

Connection:

Father: Yoshizawa Ayame IV

Master: Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV

Adoptive father: Matsumoto Kojir˘ II

Brother: Nakayama Kojűr˘ VII

Sons: Matsumoto Goroichi, Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ II

Family map: the Yoshizawa Clan

Career:

1774: born in Edo. He received the name of Yoshizawa Kichijűr˘ I.

Fall 1775: his father Yoshizawa Sakinosuke III went back to his native Kamigata. He left his boy in the care of the Matsumoto clan.

1775~1779: he became the disciple of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV, then the adopted son of Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV's disciple Matsumoto Kojir˘ II. His new name was Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1779: Yonesabur˘ made his debut on stage in Edo at the Ichimuraza, where he performed as a koyaku in the kaomise drama "Azuma no Mori Sakae Kusunoki", which celebrated the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ III and Segawa Otome.

11th lunar month of 1788: premiere at the Nakamuraza of the Tokiwazu-based dance-drama "Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata" (commonly called "Modori Kago"), which was staged within Sakurada Jisuke I's kaomise program "T˘zum˘ Hana no Edokata", which celebrated the return in Edo of the actor Nakamura Nakaz˘ I; Yonesabur˘ played the role of the kamuro [casting].

1791: Yonesabur˘ became wakaonnagata.

11th lunar month of 1791: Yonesabur˘ achieved a great success at the Nakamuraza by playing the role of Komurasaki in the kaomise drama "Nidai Genji Oshi no G˘kyű".

28th day of the 9th lunar month of 1792 [3]: his father Yoshizawa Ayame IV died.

5th lunar month of 1794: premiere at the Kiriza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Katakiuchi Noriai Banashi"; Yonesabur˘ played the role of Mikinoshin's daughter Shinobu [more details].

1st lunar month of 1796: premiere at the Kiriza of Namiki Gohei I's drama "Suda no Haru Geisha Katagi"; Yonesabur˘ played the role of Kosan [casting].

9th lunar month of 1796: the play "Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi" was staged for the first time in Edo, simultaneously at the Kiriza and the Miyakoza; Yonesabur˘ played the role of Ichimisai's younger daughter Okiku in the former theater [casting].

29th day of the 9th lunar month of 1798 [4]: his Brother: Nakayama Kojűr˘ VII died.

1st lunar month of 1800: Yonesabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(shiro)kichi (superior - superior - (white) excellent) [visual].

3rd lunar month of 1800: tour in Ise with Ichikawa Omez˘ I.

4th lunar month of 1800: Yonesabur˘ went to Ky˘to and played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Okumi in the drama "Taiheiki Chűshin K˘shaku".

8th lunar month of 1800: Yonesabur˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Ashiya D˘man ďuchi Kagami"; the role of Yasuna was played by Arashi Sangor˘ III.

Fall 1800: Yonesabur˘ went to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1800: Yonesabur˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Ohatsu in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie"; the roles of Iwafuji and Onoe were played by Kataoka Nizaemon VII and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1801: Yonesabur˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was only one little white stroke above j˘-j˘-hankichi (superior - superior - half excellent).

2nd lunar month of 1801: Yonesabur˘ went to Ky˘to and played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the role of Katsura in the drama "Keisei Kakehashi Monogatari".

9th lunar month of 1801: premiere at the Kitagawa no Shibai of Shiba Shis˘'s drama "Hakone Reigen Izari no Adauchi"; Yonesabur˘ played the roles of Mandokoro, Fudesuke's wife and Osada [casting].

11th lunar month of 1801: Yonesabur˘ performed at the Naka no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Furuki o Motte Aratama no Kaomise", which was produced by the zamoto Arashi Sankichi and celebrated the shűmei of Kan˘ Minshi I.

1st lunar month of 1802: Yonesabur˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual].

27th day of the 6th lunar month of 1802 [5]: his master Omegawa Ky˘jűr˘ (Matsumoto K˘shir˘ IV) died in Edo.

10th lunar month of 1803: Yonesabur˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai the roles of Tatsuta-no-Mae, Haru and Tonami in the drama "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami". He also played the role of Yaegiri in the drama "Komochi Yamanba".

Fall 1803: Yonesabur˘ and Asao Kuzaemon I went together to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1803: Yonesabur˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Mutsu no Hana Monomi no Matsu".

1st lunar month of 1804: Yonesabur˘'s rank in the Edo hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was three black strokes above j˘-j˘-(hanshiro)kichi (superior - superior - (half-white) excellent) [visual]. He was the kanjiku for wakaonnagata actors.

9th lunar month of 1804: Namiki Gohei I's drama "Kanjin Kanmon Tekuda no Hajimari" was staged for the first time in Edo, produced by Ichimura Uzaemon XI at the Ichimuraza; Yonesabur˘ played the role of Teruha-no-Mae [more details].

11th lunar month of 1804: Yonesabur˘ performed at the Ichimuraza in the kaomise drama "Mishi Tamadare Yuki no Furusato", which celebrated the shűmei of Suketakaya Takasuke II, Ichikawa Takinosuke and Kiriyama Monji III.

3rd lunar month of 1805: Yonesabur˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in Edo at the Ichimuraza.

11th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1805 [2]: Yonesabur˘ suddenly died in Edo.

Comments:

Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I was a promising and popular onnagata. He was the heir of a Kamigata actor but was in fact trained in Edo, where he spent most of his short but successful career. He was outstanding in the roles of keisei in sewamono.

[1] Matsumoto Yonesa or Matsumoto Yonez˘ (another possible reading).

[2] The 11th day of the 3rd lunar month of the 2nd year of the Bunka era was the 10th of April 1805 in the western calendar.

[3] The 28th day of the 9th lunar month of the 4th year of the Kansei era was the 12th of November 1792 in the western calendar.

[4] The 29th day of the 9th lunar month of the 10th year of the Kansei era was the 7th of November 1798 in the western calendar.

[5] The 27th day of the 6th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Ky˘wa era was the 26th of July 1802 in the western calendar.

Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ I in a print made by Utagawa Toyokuni I

Prints & Illustrations

The Matsumoto Yonesabur˘ line of actors

 
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