|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 Tokusaburô VI
1837: born in Ôsaka.
7th lunar month of 1846: first stage appearance; he received the name of Arashi Wasaburô II.
2nd lunar month of 1861: Arashi Wasaburô II took the name of Arashi Tokusaburô IV in Ôsaka at the Chikugo no Shibai.
1st lunar month of 1872: Rikan played at the Chikugo no Shibai the role of Iwanaga Saemon in the drama "Dan no Ura Kabuto Gunki"; his stage partners were Ôtani Tomoemon V (Akoya), Arashi Hinasuke VI (Shigetada) and Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Hanzawa Rokurô).
November 1877: Rikan played for the first time the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshû Gappô-ga-Tsuji", which was staged at the Kitagawa no Shibai; his stage partners were Nakamura Kashichi (Gappô) and Jitsukawa Ganjirô (Takayasu Shuntokumaru).
March 1880: Rikan played at the Ebisuza (Ôsaka) the role of the Princess Toki in the classic "Kamakura Sandaiki"; his stage partners were Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Miuranosuke) and Onoe Tamizô II (Sasaki Takatsuna).
September 1881: Rikan went to Tôkyô; Rikan achieved a great success by playing the role of Kuzu-no-Ha in the drama "Tsukimizuki Kitsune Kuzu-no-Ha", which was staged at the Ichimuraza; the role of Abe no Yasuna was played by Suketakaya Takasuke IV. Rikan also played in the drama "Seki-ga-Hara Tôzai Gunki".
October 1883: Rikan went back to Ôsaka and performed at the Ebisuza in the drama "Ôeyama Minamoto no Tsuwamono".
1884: tour in Nagoya.
October 1884: Rikan played at the Ebisuza (Ôsaka) the role of Motoemon in the drama "Tengajaya-mura"; his stage partners were Arashi Kitsusaburô IV (Iori), Nakamura Ganjirô I (Genjirô), Jitsukawa Enjaku I (Yasuke, Kôemon) and Ichikawa Aragorô III (Tôma Saburôemon).
June 1892: Rikan played for the last time the role of Tamate Gozen in the drama "Sesshû Gappô-ga-Tsuji", which was staged at the Naka no Shibai; his stage partners were Arashi Kichisaburô V (Gappô) and Nakamura Fukumatsurô (Takayasu Shuntokumaru).
31 May 1894: Rikan died.
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 Tôkyô. His forte were jidaimono dramas and he took part in the creations of several new dramas.
 The 21st day of the 4th lunar month of the 3rd year of the Bunkyû era was the 7th of June 1863 in the western calendar.
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 Yôshû Chikanobu)
The Arashi Wasaburô line of actors
The Arashi Tokusaburô line of actors
The Arashi Rikan line of actors
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