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Sumako Matsui

Sumako Matsui (松井須磨子 Matsui Sumako ?, November 1, 1886 – January 5, 1919)[1] was a Japanese actress and singer. She was born as Masako Kobayashi in Nagano, Nagano Prefecture. She married in 1903 but soon got a divorce. He married again in 1908 but this was also unsuccessful. She started a love affair with Hogetsu Shimamura. Shimamura requested Shinpei Nakayama to make her song, titled "Katyusha's song". This was said to be the first ryūkōka song.[2] After Shimamura died on November 5, 1918, she committed suicide by hanging on January 5, 1919.

Based on her story, the movie "The Love of Sumako the Actress" was produced in 1947.[3]


  1. ^ (Japanese) "Matsui Sumako". National Diet Library. Retrieved 2009-02-27.  
  2. ^ (Japanese) "Lyricist Sōma Gyofū's notable songs". Itoigawa, Niigata. Retrieved 2009-02-19.  
  3. ^ "Sontag's choices are subjective and selective". The Boston Globe. 2004-12-31. Retrieved 2009-02-19.  

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