ARASHI RIKď I

Stage names:

Arashi Rik˘ I In Japanese
Nakamura Rik˘ II In Japanese
Takinaka Utagawa In Japanese
Segawa Michisabur˘ I In Japanese
Segawa Kikusabur˘ II In Japanese

Guilds: Fushimiya, Tomitaya, Hamamuraya

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry names: Gyokusen, Raiz˘, Kijaku

Existence: 1784 ~ 26th day of the 9th lunar month of 1839

Connection:

Grandfather: Segawa Kikusabur˘ I

Father: Segawa Raiz˘

Father-in-law (and adopted father): Segawa Kikunoj˘ III

Master: Arashi Kichisabur˘ II

Son: Segawa Kikunoj˘ V

Grandson: Nakamura Daikichi III

Career:

1790: son of Segawa Raiz˘ and grandson of Segawa Kikusabur˘ I, he made his debut in ďsaka, where he performed under the name of Segawa Kikusabur˘ II.

1795 ~ 1797: he settled in Edo and was adopted by Segawa Kikunoj˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1798: premiere at the Kiriza (Edo) of Namiki Gohei I's play "Tomioka Koi no Yamabiraki", commonly called "Ninin Shinbŕ"; Kikusabur˘ played the role of Oume [casting].

2nd lunar month of 1800: Namiki Gohei's drama "Gosan no Kiri" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza in a somewhat different version titled "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri" instead of "Kinmon Gosan no Kiri"; Kikusabur˘ played the role of the courtesan Hanatachibana [casting].

8th lunar month of 1801: first grand shűmei for the Hamamuraya guild, at the Ichimuraza; Segawa Kikunoj˘ III, Segawa Kikunosuke, Segawa Kikusabur˘ II and Segawa Matsunosuke respectively took the names of Segawa Rok˘ III, Segawa Michinosuke I, Segawa Michisabur˘ I and Segawa Hamajir˘. They play together in the drama "D˘jima Tamino no Tsumikomi".

8th lunar month of 1803: premiere at the Nakamuraza of Sakurada Jisuke I's drama "Banzui Ch˘bŕ Sh˘jin Manaita"; Michisabur˘ played the role of Matahei's wife Ohama [casting].

1st lunar month of 1808: he took the name of Takinaka Utagawa.

11th lunar month of 1808: Takinaka Utagawa took the name of Nakamura Rik˘ II at the Ichimuraza, performing in the kaomise drama "Irosoyuru Nidai Genji", which welcomed in Edo the Kamigata actor Sawamura Tanosuke II.

3rd lunar month of 1818: Rik˘ played at the Moritaza the roles of Ofude and Enju in the drama"Hirakana Seisuiki".

1818: Rik˘ went back to Kamigata, where he became disciple of Arashi Kichisabur˘ II.

1st lunar month of 1819: he took the name of Arashi Rik˘ I in ďsaka at the Naka no Shibai, performing in the new year drama "Keisei Miyako Meguri".

6th lunar month of 1821: Katsu Hy˘z˘ I's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure", commonly called "Shirafuji Genta", was revived for the first time, 11 years and 3 months after its premiere in Edo, in Ky˘to at the Kitagawa no Shibai; Rik˘ played the role of Osawa's sister Otomi [casting].

1st lunar month of 1830: Rik˘'s rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, wakaonnagata section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

1st lunar month of 1836: Rik˘ settled in Edo and performed at the Nakamuraza in the new year drama "Waka Ebisu Soga no Minato"; he quickly went back to ďsaka.

10th lunar month of 1836: Rik˘ played in ďsaka at the Kita no Shinchi Shibai in "Mai ďgi" and "Gosho Zakura Horikawa no Youchi".

1st lunar month of 1838: Rik˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Oishi in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

26th day of the 9th lunar month of 1839: Rik˘ died in ďsaka.

Comments:

Arashi Rik˘ I was a talented and popular onnagata actor. Born in Kamigata, trained in Edo, he finally achieved fame for himself in Kamigata, where he reached the prestigious j˘-j˘-kichi in 1830 and held this rank for 10 years. He excelled in okugata and nakai roles. He was an outstanding fukeoyama in his latter years.

Arashi Rik˘ I playing the role of Iwakiya Omitsu in the drama "Keisei Chigo-ga-Fuchi", which was staged in the 1st lunar month of 1833 at the Kado no Shibai (print made by Utagawa Kunihiro)

Print made by Utagawa Kunimasa in 1798

The Segawa Kikusabur˘ line of actors

 
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