|ARASHI RIKAKU IV|
Arashi Rikaku IV
Real name: ďe Kakuz˘
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Poetry name: Kak˘
Existence: 24th day of the 12th lunar month of 1853 ~ 24 November 1918
Adopted son: Arashi Rikaku V
12th lunar month of 1853: born in ďsaka in the district of Matsuyach˘. His father is a Bunraku puppeteer.
1859: he starts his career as a disciple of the Kabuki actor Arashi Rikaku II, who gives him the name of Arashi Toyomaru.
1870: he becomes disciple of Onoe Sh˘roku and takes the name of Onoe Baikaku.
1874: Baikaku leaves Onoe Sh˘roku and goes back to the Arashi clan, taking the name of Arashi Kakuz˘ IV.
1883: Arashi Kakuz˘ IV takes the name of Arashi Kak˘ (Kak˘ is his haimy˘).
1887: Arashi Kak˘ takes the name of Arashi Rikaku IV.
November 1909: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon I's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku", in ďsaka at the Asahiza, which is based on a new script written by Watanabe Katei; Rikaku plays the role of Osawa [casting].
Arashi Rikaku IV spent all his career in Kamigata and was a mainstay at the Bentenza (ďsaka). He was able to perform a broad range of roles, as katakiyaku, tachiyaku, nimaime (in his youth) or oyajigata (in his latter years). His popularity was high up to the beginning of the nineties (of the 19th) but started to slowly but surely decrease afterwards. For some Kabuki experts, he was somehow the Onoe Matsusuke IV of ďsaka.
The Arashi Rikaku line of actors
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