Stage names:

Arashi Rikan V In Japanese
Arashi Tokusabur˘ V In Japanese
Arashi Wasabur˘ III In Japanese
Arashi Hidejir˘ In Japanese

Real name: Asakawa Iwagor˘

Guild: Hamuraya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry name: Shishi

Existence: 11th day of the 3rd lunar month of 1871 ~ 6 September 1920


Grandfather (???): Arashi Kitsusabur˘ I (Arashi Rikan I)

Adoptive father: Arashi Rikan IV

Disciple: Arashi Tokusabur˘ VI


3rd lunar month of 1871: born in ďsaka in the pleasures district of S˘emon-ch˘. His father is a wealthy ďsaka merchant, who is a patron of the actor Arashi Rikan IV. It is said that one of his grandfathers was none other than the great actor Arashi Kitsusabur˘ I.

1875: the family business goes bankrupt and he is adopted by Arashi Rikan IV.

1876: first stage appearance, at the Nakaza, where he receives the name of Arashi Hidejir˘ and plays in the drama "Keisei Awa no Naruto".

September 1881: Arashi Hidejir˘ takes the name of Arashi Wasabur˘ III at the Ichimuraza, playing with his adoptive father in the drama "Seki-ga-Hara T˘zai Gunki".

June 1882: premiere at the Saruwakaza of Kawatake Mokuami's Nagauta-based matsubamemono "Imay˘ Mochizuki" (commonly called "Mochizuki"); Wasabur˘ plays the role of Hanawaka [casting].

December 1888: Arashi Wasabur˘ III takes the name of Arashi Tokusabur˘ V at the Kitagawa no Shibai.

Summer 1890: Tokusabur˘ and his lover elope to T˘ky˘ after a quarrel with his adoptive father. This affair causes quite a stir in ďsaka. Tokusabur˘ goes back to ďsaka in August and reconciles with Arashi Rikan IV thanks to the efforts of both Kataoka Gad˘ III and Ichikawa Udanji I.

May 1894: his adoptive father Arashi Rikan IV dies.

July 1903: Tokusabur˘ plays at the Bentenza (ďsaka) the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; his stage partners are Arashi Kitsusabur˘ IV (Gapp˘) and Kataoka Gad˘ IV (Shuntokumaru).

August 1904: Tokusabur˘ plays at the Kadoza the role of S˘shichi in the drama "Koi Minato Hakata no Hitofushi"; his stage partners are Jitsukawa Enjaku II (Kezori) and Nakamura Shibajaku IV (the courtesan Kojor˘).

November 1911: Tokusabur˘ plays at the Nakaza the role of Princess Yaegaki in the "Jusshuk˘" scene of the drama "Honch˘ Nijűshik˘"; his stage partners are Jitsukawa Enjaku II (Katsuyori) and Nakamura Naritar˘ I (Nureginu).

January 1916: Tokusabur˘ plays at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the role of T˘kichi in the drama "Kinkakuji"; his stage partners are Arashi Gansh˘ (Daizen) and Kataoka Gad˘ IV (Princess Yuki). This play is staged with the same casting in April at the Suehiroza (Nagoya).

May 1918: Arashi Tokusabur˘ V takes the name of Arashi Rikan V at the Nakaza.

December 1919: Rikan plays at the Naniwaza (ďsaka) the roles of Kakogawa Honz˘, Okaru, Ishid˘ Umanoj˘ and Momonoi Wakasanosuke in the classic "Kanadehon Chűshingura".


Arashi Rikan V was a talented kaneru yakusha, who was very popular in Kamigata and proved that he was the worthy heir of a distinguished line of actors. He retired in Ky˘to in the middle of the nineties (of the 19th century) but his numerous fans succeeded in calling him back on stage. He played in many new plays in his latter years. He was nicknamed kakeochi yakusha ("the elopement actor") because of the 1890 love affair.

Arashi Rikan V

Print made by Morikawa Chikashige 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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