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Monday’s Journey

In ENTREPRENEUR THE ARTS, WEBSITES & BLOGS on October 6, 2008 at 10:07 am

I met Monday Mariano at Interlochen Arts Academy summer camp back in the late 70’s. First we lived together as cabin mates outside in the woods, during an 8 week summer session with a bunch of other young female musicians, and then we went on to play together in orchestra at Interlochen, the very next year, during our time together at the Arts Academy for high school. In fact Monday lived right down the hall from me for most of my time at the Academy and I knew her fairly well.

But these day Monday goes my Monday Michiru. After graduating from IAA, in 1987 Monday was scouted by a young Japanese movie director, Shinji Somai, to appear as a lead in his movie Hikaru Onna (“Luminous Woman”) about an opera singer. Shinji Somai is known in in Japan for casting unknowns who had never had previous experience in acting, and with a lead role in hand, Monday decided to move to Japan to coincide with the filming of the movie which, by the request of its producer, debuted her to the Japanese public under the name Michiru Akiyoshi.

The film entered the International Tokyo Film Festival in 1987, earning honorable mention for Best Actress, as well as Best New Actress awards from Kinema Junpo, The Japan Academy, and the Yokohama Film Festival. At the urging of her management company in Japan, she continued in her newfound and unexpected acting career which now expanded to included theatre and television, hosting her own radio programs (J-Wave, FM Tokyo, etc.), modeling for major commercial ads (Kohdansha, Yubinchokin, NTT, and most recently for Four Roses), and appearing on television as a “personality.” Read the rest of this entry »