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Nishiki Ikumatsu

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|romajiname1 = Ikumatsu
|kanjiname1 = 幾松
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|jname = 北斗心 幾松
|seiyuu_kanjiname = 浅野 まゆみ
|ename = Ikumatsu Nishiki
|seiyuu_romajiname = Asano Mayumi
|birthday = [[Ikumatsu's Birthday|25 Aug/Virgo]]
|links = [ Personal Website] <br/>[ ANN Link]
|race = Human
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|gender = Female
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|height = 165 cm (5' 5")
|affiliationENG = Ramen Shop Owner
|weight = 49 kg (108 lb)
|affiliationJAP = ラーメン屋女店主
|eye = Blue
|birthdate = 25 Aug
|hair = Blonde
|zodiac = Virgo
|status = Alive
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|affiliation = [[Nishiki Family]]
|species = Human
|occupation = Ramen Shop Owner
| gender = Female
|episode = [[Episode 39]]
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|jva = [[Wikipedia:Mayumi Asano|Asano Mayumi]]
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|aka = Ikumatsu-dono<br>Matsu-nee
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|basic_info = Ikumatsu 幾松 is the owner of a ramen shop called 北斗心軒 ''hokuto shinken''. She and her husband, Daigo 大吾 intended to turn the ramen shop into the best in Edo, but her husband died due to Jouishishi's terrorist activities before they could do it, as a result of which she holds a deep grudge against [[Jouishishi 攘夷志士]] members. [[Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎]] worked at her ramen shop when he was injured and on the run from [[Shinsengumi 真選組]]. He helped to rescue her when her brother-in-law betrayed her and tried to sell her into brothel <ref>{{GinVol | vol-no=7 | lesson-no=55 | pg-no=127}}</ref>
Although she now knows that he is a Jouishishi member, they are on friendly terms. Katsura's subsequent television interview by [[Hanano Saki 花野 咲]] was carried out at her ramen shop.
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'''Nishiki Ikumatsu''' (北斗心 幾松) is the owner of the Hokuto Shinken ramen shop. She was first introduced when [[Katsura Kotarou]] worked undercover at her shop, due to injuries and being on the run from the [[Shinsengumi]].<ref>{{GinVol|vol-no=7|lesson-no=55|pg-no=127}}</ref> She's the daughter of [[Musashi|Nishiki Matsugorou]].
[[Gintoki]] is known to be a frequent customer, and he would patronize her shop every time he gets some money from his jobs.<ref>Gintama Official Character Book ''Gin-chan neru!'' ISBN 4-08-874086-6, pg. 133.</ref> She also has a quite friendly relationship with [[Gintoki]]. When we see her talking to Gintoki in her restaurant, and she says "It's been a long time!"; her demeanor is friendly and they chat comfortably.
Ikumatsu and her parents lived in poverty until they started a successful clothing business. One day, her [[Musashi|father]] saved a young boy from drowning on a river, who turns out to be [[Daigo]] (Ikumatsu's future husband). However, Matsugorou lost his memories and married another woman, leaving his wife and daughter behind. Her mother knew the truth, but choose not to tell Ikumatsu. Years later, Matsugorou is found by Daigo who takes him to his ramen shop in an attempt to repay the debt of saving his life.
Ikumatsu and her husband intended to turn their ramen shop into one that would be the best in Edo, but due to the sudden death of her husband by Jouishishi terrorists, they were unable to succeed.
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Ikumatsu is blonde with dark blue eyes. Typically dressed in a pair of light grey working overalls, her ash-blonde hair is usually tied back in a ponytail while she single-handedly runs the ramen shop.
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After [[Daigo]] passed away, Ikumatsu came to hold a deep grudge against the [[Jouishishi]], as the event was one that continued to sprinkle salt onto such scars; but other than that, she is a kind, wise and deeply caring soul. Ikumatsu was quick to lend a helping hand to [[Katsura Kotarou|Katsura]], even though she knew he was being chased down by the Shinsengumi, citing her reason being that the man was wounded.
*Ikumatsu's name is the same as the name of the geisha that hid Kogoro Katsura (the real person whom [[Katsura Kotarou]] was based on) during 1860s; she later became his wife.
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Not only did she hide a fugitive in her ramen shop, but she also allowed him to work there, showing just how trusting Ikumatsu can be.
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*'''[[Daigo]]''': Her deceased husband killed by the Jouishishi.
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*'''[[Musashi|Nishiki Matsugoro]]''': Her father who "abandoned" his wife and daughter.
===Friends & Allies===
*'''[[Sakata Gintoki]]''': He visits her restaurant once in a while, and are on friendly terms with each other.
===Love Interest===
*'''[[Katsura Kotarou]]''': Although she now knows that Katsura is a Jouishishi member, they are on friendly terms through the mutual acceptance of the suffering they have both endured. It is hinted by her friends that Ikumatsu might have some romantic feelings for Katsura but they are dismissed.
Her husband's brother would later come to her shop, harassing her and asking for money to run a Jouishishi group, when in fact he was just a lowly thug. After denying him the money, he would kidnap Ikumatsu and try to sell her off to a brothel. However, Katsura, who had worked as a waiter in her shop to hide from the Shinsengumi, eventually came to her rescue. They were able to thank each other before Katsura departed, still on the run from the police force.
[[Gintoki]] is known to be a frequent customer of her shop, and he comes and goes, every now and then, when he manages to have some money left after spending it on his various habits (if he had any money to begin with).<ref>Gintama Official Character Book ''Gin-chan neru!'' ISBN 4-08-874086-6, pg. 133.</ref> During their encounter in [[Episode 39]], it is discovered that Ikumatsu now sells [[wikipedia:Soba|soba]] at her ramen shop.
Katsura's subsequent television interview with [[Hanano Saki]] was carried out in Ikumatsu's ramen shop.
===[[Homeless Arc]]===
===[[Silver Soul Arc]]===
*'''Ikumatsu's''' name is the same as the historical geisha that hid '''Kogoro Katsura''' (the famous Japanese statesman whom [[Katsura Kotarou]] was based on) during the 1860s; she would later on become his wife.
*In the anime, when Katsura rescued her, he had untied her ropes before apologizing and leaving. In the manga though, Katsura leaves Ikumatsu still tied up when he left.
*The name of Ikumatsu's shop is an obvious nod to the martial art practiced by Kenshiro, the protagonist of ''Hokuto no Ken''.
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