|ARASHI RIKAN III|
Arashi Rikan III
Poetry name: Kicch˘
Line number: SANDAIME (III)
Existence: 1812 ~ 21st day of the 4th lunar month of 1863
Father: Ikushima Iwagor˘
Father-in-law: Nakamura Karoku I
Son: Arashi Rikan IV
Disciple: Arashi Kan'emon
1812 ~ 1830: born in Ky˘to. His father is a travelling actor. He starts his career in his father's troupe. he becomes disciple of the actor Onoe Tamiz˘ II at an unknown date, becomes wakaonnagata and receives the name of Onoe Wasabur˘.
Fall/Winter 1830: he is spotted by the star Arashi Rikan II, who welcomes him as a disciple and gives him the name of Arashi Tokusabur˘ III.
2nd lunar month of 1831: Tokusabur˘ produces in the same theater the drama "Sumidagawa Gonichi no Omokage".
3rd lunar month of 1831: tour in Ise with Arashi Rikan II.
11th lunar month of 1832: Tokusabur˘ goes back to Ky˘to and plays the role of la courtesan Musashi in the drama "Katakiuchi Ganryűjima".
11th lunar month of 1834: Arashi Tokusabur˘ III takes the name of Arashi Kicch˘.
6th lunar month of 1837: his master Arashi Rikan II dies; Arashi Kicch˘ takes back the name of Arashi Tokusabur˘ III.
8th lunar month of 1838: Tokusabur˘ goes to Edo and plays at the Ichimuraza in the drama "Koi no Nadanebiki no Tomozuna".
1st lunar month of 1839: Tokusabur˘ goes back to ďsaka and plays at the ďnishi no Shibai the roles of Sakuragi, Oritsu, Oyana and Komurasaki in the drama "Keisei Fukama-ga-Fuchi".
11th lunar month of 1843: Arashi Tokusabur˘ III takes the name of Arashi Rikan III at the ďnishi no Shibai.
9th lunar month of 1845: Rikan plays at the Naka no Shibai the roles of S˘ma Tar˘, Kuzu-no-Ha and Kambei in the drama "Yomeiri Shinoda Zuma".
1st lunar month of 1846: Rikan plays the roles of Masakiyo and the yakko Yadahei in the drama "Keisei Hama no Masago", which is produced by the zamoto Ichikawa Yonez˘ IV at the Naka no Shibai and celebrates the shűmei of Mimasu Daigor˘ IV.
3rd lunar month of 1847: Rikan plays at the Naka no Shibai the difficult role of Sodehagi in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara"; his stage partners are Mimasu Daigor˘ IV (Abe no Sadat˘), Kataoka Ichiz˘ I (Abe no Munet˘), Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I (Minamoto no Yoshiie) and Arashi Wasabur˘ II (Okimi).
5th lunar month of 1847: Rikan plays at the Wakadayű no Shibai (ďsaka) the role of Danshichi dans the sewamono "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; his stage partners are Arashi Kichisabur˘ III (Tokubŕ) and Ichikawa Shik˘ III (Sabu).
1st lunar month of 1848: Rikan's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, Hanagata Sanpukutsui section ("A trio of young stars"), is j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). The two others actors in this trio are Kataoka Gad˘ II and Jitsukawa Enzabur˘ I.
1849: tour in Ise (Naka-no-Jiz˘ no Shibai) and Nagoya (Seijuin no Shibai).
12th lunar month of 1855: Rikan goes back to ďsaka.
1st lunar month of 1856: Rikan's rank in the Kamigata hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, is shi-j˘-j˘-kichi (unique - superior - superior - excellent). He is also the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors and becomes zagashira at the Kado no Shibai, playing the roles of Princess Wakana, Akishino and Namiroku in the drama "Keisei Shiranui Monogatari".
5th lunar month of 1856: Rikan plays at the Sakai no Shibai the roles of Sodehagi and Abe no Sadat˘ in the drama "ďshű Adachi-ga-Hara" (the role of Abe no Munet˘ is played by Kataoka Ichiz˘ I). He also plays the role of Satsuma Gengobŕ in Namiki Gohei I's drama "Godairiki Koi no Fűjime"; his stage partners are Kataoka Ichiz˘ I (Sasano Sangobei), Nakamura Karoku I (Tomitaya Oichi) and Arashi San'emon IX (Kikuno).
5th lunar month of 1862: Rikan plays at the Kado no Shibai the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshű Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji"; his stage partners are Kataoka Ichiz˘ I (Gapp˘) and Nakamura Sennosuke (Shuntokumaru).
1st lunar month of 1863: Rikan appears on stage for the last time, at the Kado no Shibai, playing 3 roles in the drama "Keisei S˘shinji".
4th lunar month of 1863: Rikan dies in ďsaka; his tombstone is located in the precincts of the H˘zenji temple, in the heart of the ďsaka theaters and pleasures district (D˘tonbori).
Arashi Rikan III was an outstanding kaneru yakusha, born and trained in Kamigata, who made a fame for himself in the three cities of Ky˘to, ďsaka and Edo. He was a large-built actor and his elocution was great thanks to his powerful voice. He was excellent in any kind of tachiyaku or onnagata roles in jidaimono dramas. He was also a talented shamisen player.
Arashi Rikan III portraying Wat˘nai in the drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen" in a print made by Hasegawa Sadanobu I in 1848
The Arashi Tokusabur˘ line of actors
The Arashi Rikan line of actors
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