On March 7 1913, Masako Katsura was born in Tokyo, Japan. She would go on to have a hugely successful career as the First Lady of Billiards – a sport that she helped to introduce to Japan. As well as her carom billiards playing, Katsura is also known for her work in humanitarian causes. We look at some things you need to know about her birthday!
Date of Birth
pool player masako katsura was born in Tokyo, Japan, on February 17, 1938. She is a Japanese actress in more than 60 movies and television shows. Katsura was most notably known for her role as Motoko Aoyama in the critically acclaimed cult sci-fi anime series Ghost in the Shell. Katsura also starred in the live-action film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, released in 2017. Her other notable roles include appearances in Death Note, Ichi the Killer, and Memoirs of a Geisha.
Masako Katsura was born in Osaka, Japan, on February 10, 1945. She is an actress and singer best known for her roles as Sayuri Hanamura in the 1989 movie The Karate Kid and Miho in the 2000 movie Happy Ending. Katsura has also appeared in such films as The Human Condition (1972), Branded to Kill (1974), Jade Fox (1986), A Touch of Zen (1991), Voices of a Distant Star (1998) and Tokyo Godfathers (2003).
On October 30, Masako Katsura’s birthday, we look at things to know about the manga creator known for works such as “Death Note” and “Free!” Born in Japan in 1964, Katsura has worked in the manga industry since the early 1990s. Throughout her career, she has created several popular titles, including “Death Note”, which has been made into several films and television series. Katsura has also written novels based on her work. In recognition of her success, she was awarded an Excellence Award from the Japan Cartoonist Association’s prize exhibition in 2018. Looking back on her career, Katsura said that she enjoyed working on particularly dark or suspenseful stories.
Looking back on one’s life, what would you say is the biggest highlight? Masako Katsura believes hers would have to be marrying the love of her life, Kenichi Matsubara. “For me, it was definitely marrying Kenichi. We met when we were both teenagers and fell in love. We got married in 1997 and have been happy ever since.”
Masako has shared some interesting facts about married life with us, and we also wanted to share them with our readers. According to Masako, a few things make a marriage work: Communication, compromise, and understanding. “I think it’s important for both partners to be able to communicate with each other effectively,” she says. “If one partner isn’t willing to talk, then the relationship won’t last very long.”
Compromise isn’t always easy, but it’s essential in a functioning marriage. Masako shares an example of a time when she had to compromise. It wasn’t easy: “We had agreed that I would take care of the finances while he took care of the housework, but one day he came home and found piles of laundry everywhere and chaos reigning supreme – I can imagine how much harder it would have been if that hadn’t been my compromise!”
For a marriage to last, both spouses need to understand each other, which takes time and effort. Masako recalls a time when she didn’t understand what her husband was trying to say:”
First Lady of Billiards
Masako Katsura was born on February 14, 1948 in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She is the wife of Yoshihide Katsura, the founder and president of the Billiards Academy of Japan (BAJ) and a four-time Japanese Professional Billiard Champion. Masako ended her 31 years as BAJ’s first lady in March 2017.
Masako has long been a pioneer for women in professional sports. As president of the Japanese Women’s Volleyball Association (JWVA) from 1982 to 1988 and vice president of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) from 1997 to 2000, she helped raise awareness and acceptance for women’s professional sports in Japan. In 2001, she was appointed chairman of the Japan Table Tennis Association (JTTA).
In 1987, Masako founded SURFING FOR SALE magazine to provide female surfers with an outlet to share photos and stories about their sport. The magazine continues to be published today as one of Japan’s leading lifestyle magazines for women.
In addition to her work with BAJ and JTTA, Masako is also involved with various other organizations, including Mujin Kiteboarding Association (MKA), Anti-Mafia Alliance (AMA), Mental Health Promotion Foundation (MHPF), United Way, Hai Lai Children’s Hospital Foundation Japanese branch, and Sagami Kai Women’s self-defence organization etc. She served
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