|ARASHI RIKAN IV|
Real name: Asakawa Rikan
Poetry name: Baien
Line number: YODAIME (IV)
Existence: 1837 ~ 31 May 1894
Father: Arashi Rikan III
Adopted son: Arashi Rikan V
Grandson: Arashi Tokusabur˘ VI
1837: born in ďsaka.
7th lunar month of 1846: first stage appearance; he receives the name of Arashi Wasabur˘ II.
2nd lunar month of 1861: Arashi Wasabur˘ II takes the name of Arashi Tokusabur˘ IV in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai.
4th lunar month of 1863: his father Arashi Rikan III dies.
1st lunar month of 1872: Rikan plays at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Iwanaga Saemon in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; his stage partners are ďtani Tomoemon V (Akoya), Arashi Hinasuke VII (Shigetada) and Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Hanzawa Rokur˘).
November 1877: Rikan plays for the first time the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which is staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai; his stage partners are Nakamura Kashichi (Gapp˘) and Jitsukawa Ganjir˘ (Shuntokumaru).
March 1880: Rikan plays at the Ebisuza (ďsaka) the role of the Princess Toki in the classic "Kamakura Sandaiki"; his stage partners are Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Miuranosuke) and Onoe Tamiz˘ II (Sasaki Takatsuna).
September 1881: Rikan goes to T˘ky˘; Rikan achieves a great success by playing the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Tsukimizuki Kitsune Kuzu-no-Ha", which is staged at the Ichimuraza; the role of Abe no Yasuna is played by Suketakaya Takasuke IV. Rikan also plays in the drama "Sekigahara T˘zai Gunki".
October 1883: Rikan goes back to ďsaka and plays at the Ebisuza in the drama "ďeyama Minamoto no Tsuwamono".
1884: tour in Nagoya.
October 1884: Rikan plays at the Ebisuza (ďsaka) the role of Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners are Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV (Iori), Nakamura Ganjir˘ I (Genjir˘), Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Yasuke, K˘emon) and Ichikawa Aragor˘ III (T˘ma Sabur˘emon).
June 1892: Rikan plays for the last time the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji", which is staged at the Naka no Shibai; his stage partners are Arashi Kichisabur˘ V (Gapp˘) and Nakamura Fukumatsur˘ (Shuntokumaru).
Arashi Rikan IV was a great kaneru yakusha, who was endowed with a beautiful voice (his line-delivery was perfect) and achieved fame for himself not only in his native Kamigata but also in T˘ky˘. His forte were jidaimono dramas and he took part in the creations of several new dramas.
Arashi Rikan IV playing the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Tsukimizuki Kitsune Kuzu-no-Ha", which was staged in September 1881 at the Ichimuraza (print made by Y˘shű Chikanobu)
The Arashi Wasabur˘ line of actors
The Arashi Tokusabur˘ line of actors
The Arashi Rikan line of actors
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