Nami Tamura, Hiroko Sakurai, Machiko Naka, and Yasuhiko Saijo (all Ultra-series veterans) pose with Saijo-san's birthday cake. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Yasuhiko Saijo and SFX director Teruyoshi Nakano sing a karaoke rendition of "We Are Space Pilots" from Gorath. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Heisei series suit actor Hurricane Ryu addresses the crowd. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Minoru Kawasaki celebrates the birthday of a tokusatsu legend. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Yasuhiko Saijo sports dresses up in character for the occasion! Photo by Brett Homenick.
The band gets back together: Yuriko Edogawa (Hiroko Sakurai) and Ippei Togawa (Yasuhiko Saijo) gear up to hunt for monsters! Photo by Brett Homenick.
After all the comments were made, and after everyone had eaten lunch, it was time for pictures and autographs.
In between Machiko Naka (left) and Nami Tamura (right), two Toho actresses who appeared in the Ultra-series.
I had a blast seeing Machiko Naka (Godzilla's Revenge, the Young Guy series) and Nami Tamura (Terror in the Streets, Kill!) again. Naka-san is always very energetic, and Tamura-san is also very friendly. While most fans at the event were largely familiar with them for their guest appearances on Ultra Seven, I'm fascinated by their movie roles at Toho.
With suit actor Hurricane Ryu.
With Yasuhiko Saijo.
With Kyoko Ifukube and a friend.
With Hiroko Sakurai.
Yasuhiko Saijo, Makoto Inoue, and Teruyoshi Nakano hang out at the after-party. Photo by Brett Homenick.