Actor: Arashi Rikan II (二代目嵐璃寛)

Alternate names:
Gyokusan (poetry name - 玉山)
Rikaku (poetry name - 里鶴)
Arashi Jusaburō I (初代嵐寿三郎)
Arashi Kitsusaburō II (二代目嵐橘三郎)
Arashi Tokusaburō II (二代目嵐徳三郎)

Lifetime: 1788 - 1837

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This actor held this name from 8/1828 until 6/1837. His first appearance on stage came in 11/1800 in Osaka when he received the name Arashi Tokusaburō II (二代目嵐徳三郎). His first twenty years were spent acting with a children's troupe and then traveling around to temples and shrines in the Osaka and Kyoto areas. In 1819 he temporarily changed his name to Arashi Jusaburō I, but changed it back to Tokusaburō II the next year. In the fall of 1820 "...he [went] to Edo, along with Nakamura Gennosuke I and Arashi Ryūgorō, to perform at the Nakamuraza." He performed in Edo until the summer of 1822 when he returned to Osaka. In 9/1822 he took the name Arashi Kitsusaburō II. He kept that name until he changed it to Rikan II, as mentioned above. At the time of his name change he performed at the Naka no Shibai theater in the drama Yorimasa Nue Monogatari in which he played the roles of both Yorimasa and Hayata. This commemorated the first anniversary, the second service, for the death of Rikan I.

He studied with Arashi Izaburō I (1766-1823), who was the brother of Arashi Kitsusaburō I (1769-1821).

Active from 1800 - 1837 Arashi Rikan II was an outstanding and popular actor, able to play any kind of tachiyaku role in any jidaimono or sewamono drama, excelling in jitsugotoshi, wagoto, sumō wrestler and oyajigata roles. He was an actor of small stature but was endowed with a pair of big and expressive eyes (his nickname Metoku comes from the word me meaning eye and toku, the first ideogram of his first name Tokusaburō). His looks were said to be as amazing as Nakamura Utaemon III's. His tombstone is located in Ōsaka in the precinct of the Jōgenji temple.