Poetry name: Ry˘ga
Existence: 1671 ~ 1743
Brother: Ikushima Daikichi I
Son-in-law: Mimasuya Sukejűr˘ I
Grandson: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III
1671 ~ 1682: born in ďsaka. He started his career in a troupe of children-actors (kodomo shibai), performing under the name of Noda Kuranosuke.
1684 (?): Noda Kuranosuke took the name of Noda Kuranoj˘.
1693: Noda Kuranoj˘ took the name of Ikushima Shingor˘.
1697: tour in Kamigata.
11th lunar month of 1700: Shingor˘ went to Ky˘to and performed at Miyako Mandayű's theater, sharing the stage with the actor Kirinami Senju I.
3rd lunar month of 1702: Shingor˘ went back to Edo and played at the Yamamuraza the role of Yamada Sabur˘ in the drama "K˘bai Sumidagawa".
11th lunar month of 1706: premiere at the Yamamuraza of the drama "Taihei Shusse Kagekiyo Shiraume no Hata", which was considered as an earlier version of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo"; Shingor˘ played the role of Chichibu no Sh˘ji Shigetada [casting].
11th lunar month of 1707: Shingor˘ played at the Yamamuraza the role of Ariwara no Yukihira in the kaomise drama "Yukihira Obana Gitsune"; his stage partners in the roles of Murasame's lovers Murasame and her sister Matsukaze were Nakamura Gentar˘ and Tsutsui Kichijűr˘.
2nd lunar month of 1714: the love affair, which involves Ejima, a court lady who served the mother of the Sh˘gun, and Shingor˘, was discovered in the backstage of the Yamamuraza. This incident, which broke the boundaries between samurai and commoner, was a serious crime for the authorities, which decided to deal ruthlessly with the culprits: Ejima and Shingor˘ were exiled to different places, those in the Sh˘gun's household who were held responsible were executed, the Yamamuraza was definitively closed and its management was heavily fined [more details].
13th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1742: Shingor˘ was back in Edo.
1743: Shingor˘ died in his home in the district of Kozuna-ch˘.
Ikushima Shingor˘ was an outstanding tachiyaku, who achieved fame for himself in Edo during the Genroku and H˘ei era. His career was unfortunately ruined by the Shogunate rules of iron: "one of the most tragic figures among these old actors, was born in ďsaka, and came to Edo during his years of stage apprenticeship. He acted almost exclusively at the Yamamuraza. He was 44 years of age when his love affair with a lady of the Sh˘gun's Court caused him to be banished from Edo, and for twenty years he lived in his place of exile, never returning to the scene of his stage triumphs. A modern play has been made concerning this unfortunate actor, who, according to the gossip of the time, was more sought after by the venturesome Court lady than disposed to seek her himself." (ZoŰ Kincaid in "Kabuki, the Popular Stage of Japan")
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