Mieko Takamine
Takamine Mieko in
Japanese characters

Mieko Takamine Mieko Takamine as Buddha in Monkey Monkey press pack photo 4 - Masaaki Sakai, Mieko Takamine Mieko Takamine Mieko Takamine Mieko Takamine Mieko Takamine


She was born on 2nd December 1918 in Takanawa, Tokyo (real name Mieko Suzuki) and had a successful career as an actress, singer and television presenter. Her father was a biwa (Japanese lute) player.

Takamine made her debut as an actress in 1936; her early roles included films such as Shu to midori (Crimson and green) and Danryuu (A Warm Current) and she then branched out into singing, making her debut in 1938.

Takamine is perhaps best known for the song Kohan no yado (The Lakeside Inn) which was recorded in 1940. The song was officially banned at first because its sentimental melody and lyrics were considered inappropriate for the times. Nevertheless it became very popular among soldiers at the front.

Takamine had further hits, but retired from singing in 1954 due to problems with her voice. In 1968 she became the MC of a popular afternoon TV show Sanji no anata and continued in that role for many years. In the 1980s she appeared with actor Ken Uehara in a well known series of TV ads promoting rail travel.

Takamine continued to be active in TV and film roles up to her death on 27 May 1990.

Mieko Takamine was one of the greatest actresses in Japanese cinema history. She started her career before World War 2 and she played leading roles from the beginning of her film career.

You can hear a sound clip of Mieko Takamine's voice as Buddha in the original Japanese version of Monkey (where Buddha calls Monkey to the Himalayas towards the end of episode 1) if you go to the Monkey Sounds page.

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[Many thanks to Chris Barlow for providing the information that enabled me to create this page]

Related web sites:

  • Mieko Takamine [Internet Movie Database] - details of her acting roles from 1940 1990 (English). Lists his movies and TV shows.
  • Mieko Takamine [JMDB] - Mieko Takamine's timeline on JMDB (in Japanese). You can view an English translation of this page courtesy of Excite.co.jp's superb English translation service: Mieko Takamine's timeline on JMDB (in English)
  • Google Images search results for Mieko Takamine - Shows the search results of searching on Google Images for Mieko Takamine in Japanese character. Go to the bottom of the page and click on the numbers to go to the next pages of search results. To see the web sites found containing his name in Japanese characters, click on the leftmost tab at the top of the page, beneath the Google logo graphic, to the left of the selected tab for the Image search.
  • Mieko Takamine items on CDJapan - Buy CDs of Mieko Takamine's albums, plus videos / DVDs of her films and TV shows from here.
  • O}qEΔȂ̏h - listen to The Lakeside Inn (synthesizer only, unfortunately).

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