Sunday, August 30, 2015

Remembering Anna Nakagawa on Her 50th Birthday

Yours truly took this photo during chance meeting with actress Anna Nakagawa on the Odakyu Line in Tokyo in 2013. Photo by Brett Homenick.

A painful reminder came today via Facebook that today (August 30) would have been actress Anna Nakagawa's 50th birthday. Nakagawa-san starred as Emmy Kano in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), one of the most popular entries in the Heisei Godzilla series.

Posing with Anna Nakagawa at Shinjuku Station in 2013.

I had the privilege of interviewing Nakagawa-san in early 2012 and had a chance meeting with her about a year later. We stayed in touch via Facebook and e-mail after the interview, and it was always heartening to get a "like" from her on my Facebook photos or statuses.

Sadly, Nakagawa-san suddenly passed away last year, and it is absolutely heartbreaking that she never lived to see her own 50th birthday. I'll always be grateful for the kindness she showed me.

Rest in peace, Nakagawa-san.

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