ARASHI RIKAN IV

Stage names:

Arashi Rikan IV In Japanese
Arashi Tokusabur˘ IV In Japanese
Arashi Wasabur˘ II In Japanese

Real name: Asakawa Rikan

Guild: Hamuraya

Poetry name: Baien

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Existence: 1837 ~ 31 May 1894

Connections:

Father: Arashi Rikan III

Adopted son: Arashi Rikan V

Grandson: Arashi Tokusabur˘ VI

Disciples: Arashi Gansh˘, Arashi Rish˘ II, Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV, Arashi Mikan, Arashi Ritoku

Career:

1837: born in ďsaka.

7th lunar month of 1846: first stage appearance; he receives the name of Arashi Wasabur˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1851: Arashi Rikan III and his son Wasabur˘ go together to Edo and play at the Kawarazakiza in the drama "Nobori Goi Taki no Shirahata".

12th lunar month of 1855: they go back to Kamigata.

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.

8th lunar month of 1867: Arashi Tokusabur˘ IV takes the name of Arashi Rikan IV in ďsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai, playing seven roles in the drama "Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri".

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".

May 1883: premiŔre at the Ichimuraza of the drama "Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa"; Rikan plays the role of Urato Jűzaemon [casting].

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).

April 1887: premiere at the Nakaza of Katsu Genz˘ III's drama "Nikaigasa Yagyű Jikki"; Rikan plays the role of ďkubo Hikozaemon [casting].

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).

Comments:

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)

Print made by Utagawa Toyokuni in 1853

Print made by Nakai Yoshitaki in 1866

Print made by Utagawa Kunikazu in 1867

Print made by Y˘shű Chikanobu in 1881

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1882

Print made by Toyohara Kunichika in 1883

The Arashi Wasabur˘ line of actors

The Arashi Tokusabur˘ line of actors

The Arashi Rikan line of actors

 
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