Uehara Mari



Picture Credit: 1981 The New Tale of Genji

Standard Profile Information

Name: Uehara Mari
Kanji: 上原 まり
Current Troupe: n/a
Role: Musumeyaku
Status: Retired Star

Nickname: Youko-chan
Real Name: 柴田洋子 (Shibata Youko)
Height: 157 cm
Birthday: May 23rd, 1947
Death: August 29th, 2018
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kobe, Hyogo
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Special Talent: biwa (Japanese lute)
Origin of Stage Name: Uehara is from actress Uehara Misa, Mari is her childhood friend's name.
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Debut: 1968 (54th Class) My Idol
Troupe History:
1979 - 1981 Senka (vocal)
1969 - 1979 Flower Troupe


1981: Jumping! / The New Tale of Genji (Moon), The Fujitsubo Consort (musumeyaku lead)
1980: Beautiful, Secret Seasons / New Fancy Game (Star), Kozasa
1980: My Song Resounds! -Beautiful, Secret Seasons- / Fancy Game (Star), Kozasa
1979: The One Who Disappeared into the Morning Mist / Ol'man River (Snow), O-Nui (musumeyaku lead)
1979: Love Under the Jacarandas / Scarlet Pimpernel (Flower), Sachi / Catherine Saint-Jones
1978-79: The Distant Danube / Echoes, Elisabeth
1978: Véronique (Bow), Agathe Coquenard
1978: Gone with the Wind, Melanie Wilkes
1978: The Tales of Hoffmann (Bow), Antonia
1977: Treasured Dance Collection / The Revue, Miyuki
1977: The Demon of Suzaku Gate / Le Pierrot, Cunégonde (musumeyaku lead)
1976: Transient Autumn Leaves / Nova Bossa Nova, Nouhime (musumeyaku lead) / Madam Gado
1976: Akanesasu Murasaki no Hana / Beautiful People, Nukata no Ookimi (musumeyaku lead)
1975: The Rose of Versailles: Andre and Oscar, Marie-Antoinette
1975: Spring Nightingale Song / Bon Balance (Fukuoka Sports Center)
1975: Lovers Who Dream / Bon Balance, Floriana
1974-75: Sea and Sun and Fado / Un Deux Trois -Fantasia Takarazuka-, Nishinoomote Hanako
1974: Funky Jump (Snow - Special Guest)
1974: Yu the Beautiful / Golden Takarazuka 60, Empress Lu Zhi
1974: Yu the Beautiful, Empress Lu Zhi
1974: Lovely Miss Kichisa / Carnaval de Takarazuka, Otose (musumeyaku lead)
1973: Golden Sound (Star - special guest)
1973: This Boundless Love, Charenka
1973: A Small Flower Has Bloomed / The Flower (National Tour)
1973: New Ephemeral Flowers / La La Fantastique, Wakasa (musumeyaku lead)
1973: Famous Music of Takarazuka / Parade Takarazuka
1972: Hama-Chidori / Pop News
1972: Amakusanada of the Flame / Pop News, Kiku
1972: A Small Flower Has Bloomed / Sorrowful Nile, Oritsu (musumeyaku lead)
1972: Hama-Chidori / The Flower
1972: Sorrowful Nile / La Rondo
1971: A Small Flower Has Bloomed / Sicilian Sunset, Oritsu (musumeyaku lead)
1971: The Little Mermaid / Hama-Chidori, Lulu
1971: Flowers are Falling, Falling / Joy!
1970-71: Ougi Genji / Apollon, Maid
1970: Eternal Cattleya
1969: Seven / Tanuki Goten
1969: Evening Flute of Shiiba / C'est la Vie (Star)
1969: Silk Road (Star)
1968: Princess Sen / 7 -Seven- (Snow)

Shinjin Kouen Roles

1973: This Boundless Love, Shizuka Gozen (musumeyaku lead)
1973: New Ephemeral Flowers
1973: Parade Takarazuka (Tokyo)
1972: Hama-Chidori
1972: Amakusanada of the Flame
1972: Sorrowful Nile, Nefert
1971: Sicilian Sunset
1971: Flowers are Falling, Falling, Waka-Murasaki (musumeyaku lead)
1970-71: Ougi Genji, Kirara
1970: A Flame / Dream a Dream
1970: Forbidden First Love / Book of Sakura / Eternal Cattleya
1969: Te Quiero / Symphonic Poem of Love
1969: Christmas in Midsummer / Symphonic Poem of Love
1969: Silk Road (Star), Melva

Concerts / Dinner Shows

1997: Adieu Tokyo Takarazuka Theater
1977: 14th Takarazuka Festival


Official Website

  • Her mother was a biwa master Shibata Kyoudo (柴田旭堂; passed away in 2012). Uehara Mari also performs under the name Shibata Kyouen (柴田旭艶).
  • Made special appearances in New OSK theater performances "Revue in Kyoto - Genji, a Dream of Thousand Years" (2007) and "Revue in Kyoto II - Rondo: Kaoru and Ukifune" (2008).
  • She won national prize for Chikuzen biwa in high school.
  • She was in charge of the Chikuzen biwa performances in the 1992 Takaterasu Hi no Miko (高照らす日の皇子) Bow Hall show.
  • After retirement went on as a biwa player and narrator, especially famous for her recitation of The Tale of the Heike. Video
  • Died at 71 years old on August 29th, 2018. She had continued working until the end, with a recital of Heiki Monogatari in May of the same year.

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