Yukiji Asaoka (real name: Yukie Katou) has done a lot in the entertainment industry. She was a singer, an actress, a dancer, and even delved in voice acting for Studio Ghibli none the less. Sadly however, she has now passed away at the age of 82, with a stellar career behind her.
She passed away last April due to unspecified reasons. However, the veteran actress was seeking treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease when she passed away.
Asaoka has had a long and fruitful career, which included a run with the Takarazuka Revue’s Moon Troupe from 1952-55. People also knew her as a dancer, as she started dancing from a young age. The daughter of renowned Japanese painter, Shinsui Itou, she received several awards, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette.
As for her anime roles, she mostly appeared in films. Her major roles include Matsuko in My Neighbors the Yamadas, Kitanokata in The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and Euterpe in The Mouse and His Child.
She will be missed. Rest in Peace.
source: Livedoor News