Izumi Yukimura. Photo by Brett Homenick.
On Friday, June 22, I had the distinct privilege of attending another live performance by Izumi Yukimura. Yukimura-san sang many of her old favorites, and by now I've become quite familiar with them. Of course, I mainly know Yukimura-san for her acting roles at Toho, which include Kihachi Okamoto's Desperado Outpost (1959) and the all-star musical You Can Succeed, Too (1964).
Yukimura-san has been one of my favorite folks to visit in Japan. But I have to confess: Before I came to Japan, I had no idea who she was! Thankfully, that was quickly corrected, and I've been her fan ever since.