Miiko Taka

American actress

Miiko Taka (高美以子, Taka Miiko) (born Miiko Shikata[1] July 24, 1925 – January 2023) was an American actress. She is best known for co-starring with Marlon Brando as Hana-ogi in the 1957 movie Sayonara. She also worked with James Garner, Bob Hope, Cary Grant, and Toshirō Mifune (whom she also worked alongside of in the 1980 television miniseries, Shõgun).

Miiko Taka
Miiko Taka 1958b.jpg
Taka in 1958
Miiko Shikata

(1925-07-24)July 24, 1925
DiedJanuary 2023(2023-01-00) (aged 97)
Other namesBetty Ishimoto
Years active1957–1982

Taka was born in Seattle, Washington. She grew up in Los Angeles, California.[2] Taka married Japanese-American actor Dale Ishimoto in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1944,[3] and they had one son, Greg Shikata, who works in the film industry, and one daughter. They divorced in 1958.[4] Taka's death, at the age of 97, was announced by her grandson on January 4, 2023.[5]


  1. Makino, Jimmy. "A Japanese-American Nisei in the 20th Century". Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  2. Scott, John L. (May 5, 1957). "Fortune Bolt puts Miiko in Top Film Spot". Los Angeles Times. p. E3.
  3. "Actress Miiko Taka of Movies Wins Divorce". Los Angeles Times. November 18, 1958. p. B1.
  4. "Miiko Taka Gets Divorce". New York Times. November 17, 1958.
  5. Barnes, Mike. "Miiko Taka, Marlon Brando's Co-Star in 'Sayonara,' Dies at 97". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 13, 2023.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Miiko Taka at Wikimedia Commons