August 02, 2007

Midori-san

Remember Midorinu, also known as Midori-san?, Midori-sensei from the older Ya3 shows? =]
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Red wig and funny clothes? Yeah, that one, Ya-Ya-yah's obaachan (granny).
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There were times I disliked her a bit, because she was rather tactless with some of the boys, and showed a certain favoritism towards others.
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However, she did seem genuinely fond of them, like when she teased Taiyô, when she embarrassed a not so young Yabu, cupping his cheeks in the Tegoshi dokkiri (prank on Tegoshi) episode [see clip below], when she hugged Hikaru in the Universal Studios episode, or when she bear-hugged Shoon in the Aikido episode -that's one of my very favourite Midori moments, without a doubt. =]
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Midori embarrassing Yabu - subs by NEWShFAN
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Anyway. Ever wondered what her real name was? Ever wondered how old exactly she was? Ever wondered what happened to her after she left the Ya3 show?
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You'll find the answers to all those questions in this post.
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For starters, her full artist name is うつみ宮土理 (Utsumi Midori), but her maiden name is 内海 三重子 (Utsumi Mieko), and her married name is 井川 三重子 (Ikawa Mieko).
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She was born in 1943.10.01 , so that makes her 63 years old (won't turn 64 till October) and in 2003 when the Ya3 show started she was 59.
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Before the Ya3 show she worked in a number of theater plays, radio shows, TV series (like the 5th season (1999-2000) of Kinpachi Sensei), movies, and TV shows, both adult and kids TV shows. Among the kids TV shows she appeared in there was まんがはじめて物語 (Manga hajimete monogatari), in which she appeared both as herself, and as a cartoon with a muppet called モグタン (Mogutan) [see pics below].
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And then after the Ya3 show she's continued working in the showbiz of course, with more TV
shows, radio shows, etc. She was in the 笑っていいとも! (Waratte ii to mo) show with Massu last year (anyone has the 2006.12.07 show? I'm curious! XD), and if I understood correctly, she's working on a TV series in Korea this year. Wow! Go, Midori! o^o^o
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For more info on Midori-san check these links: