Michiyo Aratama

Michiyo Aratama (新珠三千代, Aratama Michiyo, January 15, 1930 – March 17, 2001) was a Japanese film and stage actress.

Michiyo Aratama
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Michiyo Aratama in 1955
Kyoko Toda

(1930-01-15)January 15, 1930
Nara, Japan
DiedMarch 17, 2001(2001-03-17) (aged 71)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active1946–2001


After graduating from the Takarazuka Music and Dance School, Aratama joined the Takarazuka Revue in 1945.[1] She gave her film debut in 1951, but it was not before 1955 that she left the Takarazuka Revue, signing first with Nikkatsu film studios, then, after her contract expired, with Toho.[2] She worked for directors such as Mikio Naruse, Yasujirō Ozu and Masaki Kobayashi, appearing in films like The Human Condition, The End of Summer, Kwaidan and 47 Ronin. Since the late 1970s, she concentrated solely on stage and television work. Due to health problems, she reduced her appearances after 1994. She died of heart failure in 2001.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Title Role Directed by Notes
1953 Wife Yoshimi Mikio Naruse
1955 The Heart Kon Ichikawa
1956 The Balloon Yūzō Kawashima
Suzaki Paradise: Red Light Tsutae Yūzō Kawashima Lead role
1958 A Holiday in Tokyo Kajirō Yamamoto
Conflagration Kon Ichikawa
Summer Clouds Yae Mikio Naruse
1959 The Human Condition Michiko Masaki Kobayashi
1961 The End of Summer Fumiko Yasujirō Ozu
1962 47 Ronin Hiroshi Inagaki
1963 The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman Natsuko Kihachi Okamoto
1964 Kwaidan Masaki Kobayashi
1965 Samurai Assassin Kihachi Okamoto
1966 The Stranger Within a Woman Mikio Naruse
Sword of Doom Ohama Kihachi Okamoto
1967 Lost Spring Noboru Nakamura Lead role
1968 Hymn to a Tired Man Masaki Kobayashi
1969 Chōkōsō no Akebono Sachiko Hideo Sekigawa


Year Title Role Network Notes
1969 Ten to Chi to[3] Kesa Gozen NHK Taiga drama
1972 Shin Heike Monogatari Gion no Nyogo NHK Taiga drama
1976 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to Masako NHK Taiga drama


Michiyo Aratama received the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Human Condition and Watashi wa kai ni naritai,[4] and the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Actress for The Human Condition.[5] She was awarded the Mainichi Film Concour for Best Supporting Actress for The End of Summer and Minami no kaze to nami.[6]


  1. ^ "新珠三千代 (Michiyo Aratama)". Kotobank (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b "新珠三千代 (Michiyo Aratama)". Kinenote (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  3. ^ "天と地と". Haiyaku Jiten (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ "1959 Blue Ribbon Awards (consigned in February 1960)" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Awards for The Human Condition". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  6. ^ "毎日映画コンクール 第16回 (16th Mainichi Film Awards)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 February 2021.

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