Tuesday, December 13, 2016

IZUMI YUKIMURA SINGS JAZZ! A Christmas Concert in Tokyo!

Yours truly with actress-singer Izumi Yukimura.

Tonight, I had the distinct privilege of seeing a live performance by Izumi Yukimura, the legendary singer and actress. She was a member of the enormously popular singing trio Sannin Musume with Hibari Misora and Chiemi Eri, with whom she starred in several musicals at Toho Studios during the 1950s. She also appeared in movies for director Kihachi Okamoto, including the all-star war actioner Desperado Outpost (1959).

Yukimura-san even appeared in some genre (or perhaps "genre-ish") films for Toho, including the lighthearted fantasy The Princess of Badger Palace (1958) and Ichimatsu Travels with Ghosts (1959).

It was so nice to see Yukimura-san again after such a long time. Her English is very good, which naturally makes communication with her a breeze. She's also very friendly and open-minded. She very kindly signed a couple of DVD sleeves for me. I just hope it won't be so long before I see her again!

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