Takako Matsu

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Matsu Takako
松 たか子
Born Takako Fujima
(1977-06-10) June 10, 1977 (age 36)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter
Years active 1993 (1993)–present
Spouse(s) Yoshiyuki Sahashi (2007–present)
Takako Matsu (松たか子?)
Birth name Takako Fujima
Also known as Matsumoto Kōka Ⅰ
初代 松本 幸華
Genres Pop
Years active 1993–present
Labels BMG Japan (1997–1998/2006–present)
Universal Music Japan (1998–2005)
BMG Japan (2006-2009)
Ariola Japan/Sony (2009-)

Official Fanclub - Club M
BMG Japan
Sony BMG Taiwan

Universal Music Japan

Takako Matsu (松 たか子 Matsu Takako?), born Takako Fujima (藤間 隆子 Fujima Takako?), on June 10, 1977 in Tokyo, Japan, is a Japanese actress and pop singer/songwriter.


  • Interests: Watching movies and stage plays
  • Talents: Acting, singing, songwriting, piano and various musical instruments
  • Favorite Artist: Matsuda Seiko


Takako Matsu was born into a traditional buyō house, which produced famous actor/actress like her father Matsumoto Kōshirō IX, kabuki actor and head of the buyō house; her uncle Nakamura Kichiemon II, Kabuki performer and actor; her elder brother Ichikawa Somegoro VII, Kabuki performer and actor; her sister, six years her elder Kio Matsumoto, stage director and actresses and her husband Kazuhisa Kawahara, actor. Her mother Noriko Fujima is a businesswoman. She married Yoshiyuki Sahashi, guitarist and record producer, and her maiden name is Takako Sahashi (佐橋 隆子 Sahashi Takako?) in 2007. She also has the name of Natori (the accredited master) of the Matsumoto school of Nippon Buyō (Japanese dancing); Shodai Matsumoto Kōka (初代 松本 幸華 Kōka Matsumoto the First?).

She selected her last name as "Matsu" to honor her family. In one interview, she notes that she and her two brothers are relatively close to her mother.[1]

Her highest education is Asia University, but she quit the university.

She appears not only on Kabuki, Shinpa, or the musical starring her father Kōshirō Matsumoto, but on popular stage plays. She is given an important role from famous theatre directors, such as Yukio Ninagawa, Hideki Noda, Kazumi Kushida, and Koki Mitani, and is often selected as the leading role by them.

Life and career[edit]

Takako debuted in theater when she was sixteen years old, in Ninjō-banashi: Bunshichi Mottoi at Tokyo Kabuki-za in 1993. Her first lead role in television was in the NHK Drama Hana no Ran (Child's part) in 1994, and she also starred in NHK Drama Kula in following 1995. Afterwards, she increased in succession the number of lead role appearances in theater and television drama, becoming preeminent as a young actress.

Because Shirayuri Gakuen, her high school, prohibited working in the entertainment industry, she transferred to Horikoshi High School. At that time, Tsuyoshi Domoto of Kinki Kids, two years her junior, was at the school and remarked, “Matsu was excellent”.

In 1996, she appeared on the drama Long Vacation starring Takuya Kimura of SMAP, following matriculating to college. She was a supporting role, but, began to establish in full-scale her position as an actress because the drama was a major hit. In the same year, she hosted the 47th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen at the age of 19, making her the youngest ever to host the show, making 1996 a year of rapid progress for her.

In 1997, she debuted with the single, Ashita, haru ga kitara. She appeared on NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen again as a singer on the last day of the year. In the same year, she starred opposite Takuya Kimura on the drama Love Generation, which she played a lead role with Takuya Kimura and the drama was a great hit again.

In 2001, she starred in Hero with Takuya Kimura again and the drama was a great success.

In 2003, she has also published a photo essay book, Matsu no Hitorigoto, through Asahi Shinbun Publishers.

In 2004 she was Kim in Miss Saigon.

In September, 2004, she released Toki no Fune which was composed by the Japanese singer Akeboshi. It is similar to his song, A nine days' wonder, which was released after the Toki no Fune single. The single also contains a cover of Akeboshi's White reply previously recorded on her sixth album, Harvest Songs.

In late 2004, she won the Best Actress of the Year of the 29th Hochi Film Award and the 28th Japan Academy Prize at the same time for The Hidden Blade.[2]

In July 2006, Matsu and Kimura starred in a special one night edition of Hero. While a remake of this drama has been refused for years, some believed that recent surge of white collar crimes and arrests such as that of Livedoor president Takafumi Horie had inspired the demand for a special production.

In October 2006, Matsu was in a weekly drama for the first time in over three years titled Yakusha Damashii for FNN alongside 73-year old actor Makoto Fujita, a family friend.[3] While Fujita was quite excited at his first work with Matsu, she stated earlier that she was quite attracted by his performance ability.

In May 2007, Matsu kicked off her third concert tour to commemorate her tenth year as a singer. In her Tokyo stop on June 21, she reflected that although it has been a decade, it is not appropriate for her to compare against other artists who have done nothing but music in the same time period. She also performed the song, A Piece of Life, on the keyboard in a duet with a violinist. Fans who attended the concerts included famous people such as singer/songwriter Mariya Takeuchi and actress Eriko Sato.

In releasing her latest album, I Cherish in 2007, the song Ashita Haru ga Kitara was redone to combine Matsu's voice as a 20 year old with her current one. As of now, she has released nineteen singles and ten albums (of which, seven are original studio albums), achieving success as a singer.

Musical style[edit]

Matsu has an established career as a songwriter and singer and the style of her music is often laid-back and relaxing. She has worked with many different producers, but in her third album, Sakura no Ame, Itsuka, she is noted for working on every song (either composing the melody or lyrics) on the album. This was her most successful album recorded with Universal Music.


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tokyo Biyori (東京日和 Tokyo Weather?) Mizutani lead role
1998 April Story Uzuki Nireno lead role
2003 Nine Souls Yuki
2004 The Hidden Blade Kie main character’s lover
2006 The Uchoten Hotel Hana Takemoto
2006 Brave Story Wataru (voice) lead role
2007 Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad' Mizue
2007 Hero Maiko Amamiya second lead role
2008 K-20: Legend of the Mask Yoko Hashiba second lead role
2009 Villon's Wife Sachi lead role
2010 Confessions Yuko Moriguchi lead role
2011 Someday Mie Orii
2011 Life –Inochi o Tsunagu Monogatari- (ライフ -いのちをつなぐ物語- The tale connecting a life?) narration documentary film
2011 Imawano Kiyoshiro Naniwa Sullivan Show ~Kando Saikō!!!~ (忌野清志郎 ナニワ・サリバン・ショー ~感度サイコー!!!~?) concert film
2012 Yume-uru Futari (夢売るふたり The two who sell a dream?) Satoko Ichizawa lead role
2014 Frozen[4] Elsa Japanese dub
2014 The Little House
List of TV drama credits
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Hana no Ran (花の乱 War of Flowers?) Tsubaki, Later, she was called Hino Tomiko NHK, lead role, she played girlhood.
1995 Kura ( storehouse?) Retsu Tanouchi NHK, lead role, broadcast prior to the film version.
1996 Long Vacation Ryoko Okusawa Fuji TV
1996 Hideyoshi (秀吉?) Yodo-dono NHK, the second wife of Hideyoshi
1996 Furuhata Ninzaburō (2nd season) Saki Mōri Fuji TV
1996 Konna Watashi ni Dare ga Shita (こんな私に誰がした Who did This to Someone like Me?) Natsuko Iwasaki Fuji TV
1997 Ryōma ga Yuku (竜馬がゆく Ryoma goes?) Sanako Chiba TBS
1997 Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni (僕が僕であるために For I to be Myself?) Hiroko Muranaka Fuji TV, broadcast on January 3
1997 Koto no Koiuta (古都の恋歌 Love Song of the Old Capital?) Momoyo Naito TBS, broadcast on March 17
1997 Under One Roof (Season 2) Miki Mochizuki Fuji TV
1997 Shuntō (春燈 Spring Light?) Ayako Tomita NHK, lead role
1997 Love Generation Riko Uesugi Fuji TV, second lead role
1998 Karasu-goi (烏鯉 Crow carp?) Kaoruko Yamashita TBS
1998 Jinbē Miku Takanashi Fuji TV, second lead role
1999 Kai ( Oar?) Kiwa Tomita NHK, lead role
1999 Konya wa Eigyōtyū (今夜は営業中 Open Tonight?) Kanako Takamatsu NTV
2000 Omiai Kekkon (お見合い結婚 Marriage by arrangement?) Setsuko Nakatani Fuji TV, lead role
2001 Hero Maiko Amamiya, second lead role Fuji TV
2001 Akarui Hō e, Akarui Hō e (明るいほうへ 明るいほうへ Towards the Brighter Side, Towards the Brighter Side?) Teru Kaneko (as Misuzu Kaneko) TBS, lead role
2001 Chūshingura 1/47 (忠臣蔵1/47 the story of the Forty-seven ronin 1/47?) Aguri (Yōzen-in) Fuji TV
2002 Tokyo Story Noriko Hirayama Fuji TV, second lead role, remake of the movie "Tokyo story", 27 Hour TV Special Drama
2003 Itsumo Futari De (いつもふたりで Always the Two of Us?) Mizuho Tanimachi Fuji TV, lead role
2004 Ryōma ga Yuku (竜馬がゆく Ryoma goes?) Okei Ōura TV Tokyo
2005 Hiroshima Showa 20 nen 8 Gatsu Muika Shinobu Yajima TBS, lead role
2006 Hero (special edition) Maiko Amamiya Fuji TV, second lead role, broadcast on July 3
2006 Yakusha Damashi! (役者魂! Actor Spirit?) Hitomi Karasuyama Fuji TV, lead role, broadcast on October 17
2009-2011 Saka no Ue no Kumo (坂の上の雲 Cloud on the slope?) Tami Sakuma (Tami Akiyama) NHK
2012 Unmei no Hito (運命の人 the man of destiny?) Yuriko Yuminari TBS, second lead role
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The 47th Kōhaku Uta Gassen Emcee of the music program NHK


  1. Ninjō-banashi: Bunshichi Mottoi (人情噺文七元結 Real-life story: Bunshichi paper cord for tying the hair?) (Kabuki-za, 1993) - Ohisa
  2. Koiki na Yūrei (小粋な幽霊 a Stylish Ghost?) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Botan
  3. Ajisai (あぢさゐ Hydrangea?) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Omitsu
  4. Taki no Shiraito (滝の白糸 the White Thread in the Waterfall?) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Kikyō
  5. Jyunsaihan (じゅんさいはん?) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Oume
  6. Man of La Mancha
    • (Aoyama Theater 1995) (Meitetsu Hall/ Aoyama Theatre, 1997) (Theater Hiten/ Aoyama Theatre, 1999) - Antonia
    • (Hakata-za/ Imperial Garden Theater, 2002), (Meitetsu Hall/ Imperial Garden Theater, 2005), (Imperial Garden Theater, 2008), (Theater Brava!, 2009) - Aldonza
  7. Hamlet (Ginza Cezon Theater 1995, 1998, etc.) - Ophelia
  8. Tengai no Hana (天涯の花?) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1999)
  9. The Good Person of Szechwan (New National Theater, 1999/ Akasaka ACT Theater 2001) - Shen Te/ Shui Ta
  10. Okepi (Aoyama Theatre, 2000) - Shinonome
  11. Voyage ~Senjō no Syanikusai~ (〜船上の謝肉祭〜 ~Carnival on the ship~?) (Theater Cocoon, 2000) – (lead role)
  12. Natsu Hoteru (夏ホテル Summer Hotel?) (Parco Theater 2001) - Kaoru
  13. Wuthering Heights (Shinbashi Enbujō, 2002) – Catherine Earnshaw
  14. Mozart! (Nissei Theater; 2002) - Constanze Mozart
  15. NODA MAP: Oil (Theater Cocoon, 2003/ Kintetsu Theater 2003) Fuji
  16. Ohatsu (Shinbashi Enbujō, 2004) - Ohatsu
  17. Roningai (Aoyama Theatre, 2004) Oshin
  18. Miss Saigon (Imperial Garden Theater, 2004) - Kim
  19. The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Setagaya Public Theater, 2005) - Gursha
  20. NODA MAP: Fake Crime and Punishment (Theater Cocoon 2005-6, Theater Brava!, 2005-6) – Hanabusa Sanjo
  21. Metal Macbeth (Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre/ Aoyama Theatre/ Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, 2006) - Mrs. RandomStar
  22. Hibari (ひばり Skylark?) (Theater Cocoon, 2007) – Joan of Arc
  23. Romance (Setagaya Public Theater, 2007) Maria Chekhova
  24. Sisters (Parco Theater, 2008) – Kaoru Ozaki
  25. NODA MAP: Piper (Theater Cocoon, 2009) - Deimos
  26. Jane Eyre (Nissei Theater, 2009, 2012) – Jane Eyre
  27. Futari no Otto to Watashi no Jijou (2人の夫とわたしの事情 Family reason of my two husbands and me?) (Original title: Home and Beauty) (2010) - Victoria
  28. Twelfth Night (2011) – Sebastian/ Viola
  29. Oto no Inai Sekai de (音のいない世界で In the world without the sound?) (2012-2013)

Awards and prizes[edit]

Year Title Award Result
1996 - 34th Golden Arrow Award for Newcomer Award & Broadcast Newcomer Award Won
1997 Tokyo Biyori 22nd Hochi Film Award for Best New Artist Won
1997 - 1997 Élan d'Or Award for Newcomer of the Year & grand prix Won
1997 - New heroine '97 in Japan - #1 Won
1998 April Story 8th Japan Film Critics Circle Award for Actress Award Won
1998 - 12th Japan Gold Disc Award for Best New Artist of the Year Won
1998 - 36th Golden Arrow Award for Play Award Won
2000 - 21st Matsuo Entertainment Awards for Newcomer Award Won
2000 Tengai no Hana & The Good Person of Szechwan 50th new face award of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Fine Arts in theater acting division Won
2002 Akarui Hō e, Akarui Hō e 10th Hashida Prize Won
2003 NODA MAP: Oil 38th Kinokuniya Theater Award for Individual Award Won
2004 The Hidden Blade 29th Hochi Film Award for Best Actress Won
2005 The Hidden Blade 28th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2005 - 43rd Golden Arrow Award for Play Award Won
2005 NODA MAP: Fake Crime and Punishment & The Caucasian Chalk Circle 13th Yomiuri Theater Awards for Best Actress Nominated
2005 Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad 28th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2008 Hibari & Romance 7th Asahi Performing arts Prize Won
2008 Hibari & Romance 15th Yomiuri Theater Awards for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife 33rd Yamaji Fumiko Film Awards for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife & K-20: Legend of the Mask 34th Hochi Film Award for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife 22nd Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife 83rd Kinema Junpo Best Ten for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife 33rd Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Won
2009 Jane Eyre 35th Kikuta Kazuo Theater Prize for Theater grand-prix Nominated
2009 Confessions 34th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2009 Confessions Actress in a Leading Role Award of the 2nd Japan Theater staff Film Festival Won


Studio albums[edit]

Album # Album information Weekly
Total Sales
1st Sora No Kagami (空の鏡 Mirror of the sky?)
  • Released: June 28, 1997
  • RIAJ Certification:
4 301,430
2nd Ai no Tobira (アイノトビラ Door of the love?)
  • Released: September 23, 1998
  • RIAJ Certification:
3 245,150
3rd Itsuka, Sakura no Ame ni... (いつか、桜の雨に... Someday, in the rain of cherry blossoms...?)
  • Released: March 3, 2000
  • RIAJ Certification:
7 194,230
4th a piece of life
  • Released: June 13, 2001
  • RIAJ Certification:
4 119,590
5th home grown
  • Released: February 19, 2003
  • RIAJ Certification:
12 42,850
6th harvest songs
  • Released: October 8, 2003
  • RIAJ Certification:
7th Bokura Ga Ita (僕らがいた We Were There?)
  • Released: April 26, 2006
  • RIAJ Certification:
8th Cherish You
  • Released: Apr 25, 2007
  • RIAJ Certification:
9th Time For Music
  • Released: Nov 25, 2009
  • RIAJ Certification:

Compilation albums[edit]

Album # Album information Weekly
Total Sales
1st Five years ~singles
  • Released: December 5, 2001
  • RIAJ Certification:
3 281,000
2nd Matsu Takako Single Collection 1999-2005
  • Released: June 28, 2006
  • RIAJ Certification:
3rd Footsteps ~ 10th Anniversary Complete Best
  • Released: June 25, 2008
  • RIAJ Certification:

Live albums[edit]

Album # Album information Weekly
Total Sales
1st Takako Matsu Concert Tour vol.1 "a piece of life"
  • Released: February 21, 2002
  • RIAJ Certification:
2nd Takako Matsu Concert Tour 2003 "second wave"
  • Released: March 24, 2004
  • RIAJ Certification:


Years Single Information Japan
Total Sales Album
1997 Ashita haru ga kitara (明日、春が来たら?)
  • Released: March 21, 1997
  • Weeks on Chart: 16
8 431,540 Sora No Kagami
  • Released: May 21, 1997
  • Weeks on Chart: 8
7 182,730
  • Released: December 8, 1999
  • Weeks on Chart: 5
30 37,670
Mafuyu no Memories (真冬のメモリーズ?)
  • Released: November 21, 1997
  • Weeks on Chart: 9
22 77,070 Ai no Tobira
1998 Sakura.Fuwari (サクラ・フワリ?)
  • Released: March 25, 1998
  • Weeks on Chart: 8
9 96,340
Gomen ne (ごめんね。?)
  • Released: May 27, 1998
  • Weeks on Chart: 4
26 44,050
Stay with me
  • Released: September 4, 1998
  • Weeks on Chart: 10
20 95,720
1999 Yume no Shizuku (夢のしずく?)
  • Released: September 22, 1999
  • Weeks on Chart: 10
8 97,490 Itsuka, Sakura no Ame ni...
Tsuki no Dance (月のダンス?)
  • Released: November 17, 1999
  • Weeks on Chart: 2
25 16,540
2000 Sakura no Ame, Itsuka (桜の雨、いつか?)
  • Released: February 9, 2000
  • Weeks on Chart: 10
19 87,920
Yasashii Kaze (優しい風?)
  • Released: October 25, 2000
  • Weeks on Chart: 3
25 20,680 a piece of life
2001 Koishii Hito (コイシイヒト?)
  • Released: March 14, 2001
  • Weeks on Chart: 8
16 63,180
Hana no Youni (花のように?)
  • Released: October 24, 2001
  • Weeks on Chart: 3
23 23,890 home grown
2002 Clover
  • Released: June 26, 2002
  • Weeks on Chart: 2
28 11,040
Ashita ni Kuchizuke wo (明日にくちづけを?)
  • Released: November 13, 2002
  • Weeks on Chart: 5
23 14,197
2003 Honto no Kimochi (ほんとの気持ち?)
  • Released: July 23, 2003
  • Weeks on Chart: 8
16 27,134 harvest songs
2004 Toki no Fune (時の舟?)
  • Released: September 1, 2004
  • Weeks on Chart: 10
5 61,471 Bokura Ga Ita
2005 Mirai ni Naru (未来になる?)
  • Released: April 6, 2005
  • Weeks on Chart: 4
24 9,336
2006 Akari no Tomoru Hou he (明かりの灯る方へ?)
  • Released: March 22, 2006
  • Weeks on Chart: 7
24 14,000
Minna Hitori (みんなひとり?)
  • Released: November 29, 2006
  • Weeks on Chart: 2
10 41,000 Cherish You
2009 Kimi to Nara (君となら?)
  • Released: October 21, 2009
  • Weeks on Chart:
Time for music

Other appearances[edit]

Year Information Song contained
1998 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Beauty and the Beast (ジッパ・ディー・ドゥー・ダー~美女と野獣?) Various Artists "We Love Mickey -Happy 70th Anniversary-"
2002 Futari no Murasaki Tokyo (二人のムラサキ東京?)
  • Released: March 24, 2004
  • Name Used: Kinmokusei & Tokyo Jenne (Takako Matsu)
Kinmokusei & Tokyo Jenne "Futari no Murasaki Tokyo" (single)
1998 Caroline, No
  • Released: August 4, 2004
  • Name used: Yoshiyuki Sahashi (from Yamagen) With B-Girls(a.k.a. Ms.T)
Various Artists "The Beach Boys Best of Tribute"


Video albums[edit]

  • Sora no Kagami (October 12, 1997) - VHS
  • Sora no Kagami (November 26, 2003) – DVD (re-release)
  • Film: Itsuka, Sakura no Ame ni... (April 5, 2000)

Concert DVDs[edit]

  • Takako Matsu Concert Tour vol.1 "a piece of life" on film (February 21, 2002)
  • Tour Documentary Film "diary" from Concert Tour vol.1 "a piece of life" (March 21, 2002)
  • Takako Matsu Concert Tour 2003 "second wave" on film (March 24, 2004)
  • Takako Matsu Concert Tour 2007 "I Cherish You" on film (November 21, 2007)
  • Takako Matsu Concert Tour 2010 "Time for Music" (October 27, 2010)


Title Original Publication Date Publisher Category
Matsu no Hitorigoto (松のひとりごと Matsu Talks to Herself?) November 14, 2003
(October 7, 2009)
Asahi Shimbun Publications independent book
Chichi to Musume no Ōfukushokan (父と娘の往復書簡 Correspondence between father and daughter?) (with Kōshirō Matsumoto) October 10, 2008
(January 10, 2011)
Bungeishunjū independent book


  • [1] "As I Discovered a New Myself in this Album, I Wish If New Listeners Find me" (Japanese), MSN, April 26, 2006, retrieved July 14, 2006
  • [2] "In-depth on an Unprecedented Collaboration with Sukima Switch" (Japanese), "Oricon", March 22, 2006, retrieved July 14, 2006
  • [3] "Natural and Certain Feeling" (Japanese), "Oricon", April 6, 2005, retrieved July 14, 2006

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