Ashihara Kuniko




Picture Credit: Caithion / Sky Stage (photo taken in 1930)

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Name: Ashihara Kuniko
Kanji: 葦原 邦子
Current Troupe: n/a
Role: Otokoyaku Star
Status: Retired

Nickname: Aniki, Okamoto, Okamosu-san
Real Name: 中原 英子­ (Nakahara Eiko)
Birthday: December 16, 1912 (passed away in 1997)
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Hometown: Kobe, Hyogo
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Class: 1928 (18th Class)
Debut: (1929) Spring Dance
Troupe History:
1938 - 1939 Snow Troupe (Vocal)
YEAR - 1938 Star Troupe (Vocal)
YEAR - YEAR Star Troupe
YEAR - YEAR Vocal Senka
1929 - YEAR Flower Troupe


1939: Memory Album / Peach Blossom Spring
1939: Peach Blossom Spring
1939: Daughter of the Regiment
1938: The Legend of Shuku-kou
1938: The Show Is On
1938: Genghis Khan
1938: Engagement at Koromogawa River / Sweet Melody
1938: Unforgettable Song / Cherry Blossom Girl / From Manchuria to Northern China (Star - Tokyo), Darmen / Arima
1937: Montparnasse in a Song
1937: Manhattan Rhythm (Tokyo), Goleman
1937: Song of the World
1936: La Romance (Snow), Charles
1936: Music Album
1935: Marionette
1935: Pillow Crazy / The Beautiful Multimillionaire
1934: Jab Jab Conte
1934: The Melancholy Wife, Carl
1934: L’Arlésienne / Wiener Maedel
1934: Takara Sambaso / Paris Apache / Lord Koubai / Hana Shishuu (Moon), Bernard / Lt. Alman
1933: Sado Okesa / Hana Shishuu
1933: The Girl from Berlin
1933: Paris ・ New York, Kanbara
1932: Hariti / Bouquet d’Amour
1932: Parisette
1932: Spring Dance (Music of the Seven Luminaries)
1932: Saltimbanque, Pierre
1931: Young Heidelberg / Lilac Time
1931: Cathedral
1930: When There Was Quite a Flowering of Courtly Tradition

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  • In addition to her excellent singing and acting, Ashihara was famous for being one of the first otokoyaku to sport short hair.
  • She is said to be the first otokoyaku to sing with jigoe (地声, literally "ground voice").
  • Received the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1989.
  • After retiring, she appeared with the Imperial Opera and in many musical plays. Some of her more well known roles include the grandmother in "Gen-chan Series" and the Sweet Shop Mistress in "Niji no Oru."
  • Ashihara was married to shoujo manga artist Nakahara Jun'ichi. She remained an opponent of war and nuclear weapons until she passed away in 1997.

Created by jenebi. Last Modification: Monday 17 of February, 2020 02:33:26 GMT-0000 by caithion.