Stage names:

Ichikawa Shinnosuke V In Japanese
Ichikawa Kobunji II In Japanese
Ichikawa Kowaka In Japanese
Ichikawa Momomaru In Japanese

Real name: Horikoshi Ryűkichi

Guild: Naritaya

Line number: GODAIME (V)

Poetry name: Jush˘

Existence: 23 May 1885 ~ 13 January 1957


Master: Ichikawa Kodanji V

Wife: Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX's daughter Ichikawa Kyokubai II

Daughter: Ichikawa Suisen III

Disciple: Ichikawa Masunoj˘ II


1885 ~ 1908: born in T˘ky˘. He started his career as a disciple of Ichikawa Kodanji V, receiving the names of Ichikawa Momomaru and Ichikawa Kowaka at unknown dates.

November 1908: he became nadai and took the name of Ichikawa Kobunji II at the Fukagawaza.

February 1913: wedding with Ichikawa Kyokubai II, daughter of late Ichikawa Danjűr˘ IX.

May 1913: Ichikawa Kobunji II took the name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke V at the Imperial Theater, playing the role of Ariwara no Narihira in the dance "Rokkasen".

September 1921: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Yamamoto Yűz˘'s drama "Sakazaki Dewa-no-Kami"; Shinnosuke played the role of Nanbu Samon [more details].

April 1937: revival at the Kabukiza of the drama "Fud˘", a play belonging to the Kabuki Jűhachiban; Shinnosuke played the role of Hayakumo Tokikaze [more details].

June 1956: Shinnosuke played at the Kabukiza the role of Hachirobŕ's mother Okiku in the drama "Unagidani"; the roles of Hachirobŕ and Otsuma were played by Ichikawa Ebiz˘ IX and Onoe Baik˘ VII.

July 1956: Shinnosuke appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the Meijiza, where he played the role of Izuya Kihŕ in the drama "Kirare Yosa".

13 January 1957: Shinnosuke died.


Ichikawa Shinnosuke V was a handsome and popular actor, who had a great presence on stage. He spent his career in both koshibai (he was the leading tachiyaku actor of the Kotobukiza) and ˘shibai (in his latter years). He performed only in T˘ky˘ up to 1949 and he divided his time between T˘ky˘ and the Kansai theaters from 1949 to 1955. One of his best roles was ďishi Kuranosuke in the drama "Goban Taiheiki".

Ichikawa Shinnosuke V portraying Kataoka Naojir˘ in the drama "Naozamurai"

The Ichikawa Shinnosuke line of actors

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