Okinawan cherished actor Tomi Taira dies at 87

Okinawan cherished actor Tomi Taira dies at 87

Tomi Taira

December 6, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 6, actor Tomiko Taira, known as Tomi Taira, died of respiratory failure caused by blood poisoning. Taira was from Naha.

When she was 13 years old, Taira joined the Kojiro Onaga troupe in Ishigaki. Along with her husband Susumu, she also participated actively in the Tokiwa theater troupe, as well as other troupes. Taira appeared in the movie “Nabbie’s Love” in 1999 and in the television series “Churasan” in 2001, and became popular nationwide.

In 1998, Taira became a recipient of an award for her contributions to Okinawa culture.. She was also designated the intangible cultural asset “Ryukyu Opera” holder by the Okinawa Prefectural Government. And she received the Order of the Rising Sun in 2014.

(English translation by T&CT)

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