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Etsuko Ichihara

Japanese actress and seiyū

Etsuko Ichihara (市原 悦子, Ichihara Etsuko, 24 January 1936 – 12 January 2019)[1][2] was a Japanese actress. She began acting in 1957 when she joined the Haiyuza theatre troupe.[3] She was Shigeko Shizuma in Black Rain and Hihoha Miyamizu in Your Name. She appeared in more than one hundred movies since 1957.

Etsuko Ichihara
Etsuko Ichihara.jpg
Ichihara in 1964
Native name
市原 悦子
Born(1936-01-24)24 January 1936
Died12 January 2019(2019-01-12) (aged 82)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active1957–2019

Ichihara was born in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture in Japan. The first movie she was in was Rikō na oyomesan.[3] After she won an award at the 1959 Geijutsusai because of acting in Chidori, she became the star of Haiyuza. She left the group in 1971.[3] In 1990, she won the Japan Academy Prize for being the "best supporting actress". This is because of her acting in Black Rain.[4][2] Her husband was Satoshi Shiomi, who was a movie director. Shiomi died in 2014.[5]

Ichihara was hospitalised in early December 2018. This was because she had issues with her cecum. She got better and appeared on a Japanese talk show on 21 December 2018. She left the hospital on 30 December 2018. She was hospitalised again on 5 January 2019.[6] She died on 12 January 2019 from heart failure at the age of 82. This was in a Tokyo hospital.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Snow Country
1965 Kiri no Hata
1966 The Face of Another
1967 Samurai Rebellion
1968 The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun Hilda voice
1977 Barefoot Gen: Explosion of Tears
1981 Buriki no kunsho
1989 Black Rain Shigeko Shizuma Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress
1997 The Eel
2015 Sweet Bean
2016 Your Name Hitoha Miyamizu voice
2017 Soap Bubble Suma


  1. "「家政婦は見た!」市原悦子さん、心不全のため死去 82歳". サンスポ (in Japanese). 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Veteran actress Etsuko Ichihara dies of heart failure at 82". The Japan Times. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Ichihara Etsuko". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. "Dai-13 kai Nihon Akademī-shō" (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize Association. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. "市原悦子ショック…夫で演出家の塩見哲さん死去、女性自身報じる". サンスポ (in Japanese). 24 June 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. "82歳市原悦子、盲腸で入院 語りで出演のNHK総合「おやすみ日本」で発表". サンスポ (in Japanese). 13 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. Loo, Egan (13 January 2019). "Actress Etsuko Ichihara Passes Away at 82". AnimeNewsNetwork. Retrieved 19 January 2019.

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