Dates of birth and death unknown. Son of the actor Nishimura Yaheiji and disciple of Ikushima Shingor˘,
he started his career as a wakaonnagata, performing under the name of Ikushima Shinz˘.
He became disciple of Ichikawa Danjűr˘ II in Fall 1710,
becoming tachiyaku and taking the name of Ichikawa Shinz˘ I in the 11th lunar month of 1710 at the Yamamuraza,
where he played the role of Manriki in the kaomise drama "Jinriki Teika Azuma Asobi", which celebrated the arrival in Edo of
the Kamigata actor Arashi Kiyosabur˘ I. He retired from the Kabuki world the following year.