ARASHI RIKAKU IV

Stage names:

Arashi Rikaku IV
Arashi Kak˘
Arashi Kakuz˘ IV
Onoe Baikaku
Arashi Toyomaru

Real name: ďe Kakuz˘

Guild: Teshimaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Kak˘

Existence: 24th day of the 12th lunar month of 1853 ~ 24 November 1918

Connections:

Masters : Arashi Rikaku II, Onoe Sh˘roku

Adopted son: Arashi Rikaku V

Career:

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.

March 1896: Rikaku plays at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the role of Onoe in the drama "Kagamiyama Koky˘ no Nishikie". His stage partners are Arashi Sangor˘ VI (Ohatsu) and Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV (Iwafuji).

November 1909: revival of Chikamatsu Monzaemon'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].

January 1910: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku" is staged for the first time in Ky˘to, at the Minamiza; Rikaku plays the role of Osawa [casting].

May 1910: Chikamatsu Monzaemon's drama "Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku" is staged for the first time in T˘ky˘, at the Shintomiza; Rikaku plays the role of Osawa [casting].

Comments:

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.

Arashi Rikaku IV playing the role of Kiichi H˘gen in the "Kikubatake" scene of the drama "Kiichi H˘gen Sanryaku no Maki"

The Arashi Rikaku line of actors

 
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