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Tokyo Story's Setsuko Hara dies at 95

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She was the actress who played the widowed daughter-in-law in Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story," widely considered the greatest film ever made.

She went into Garbo-like seclusion in the 60s and actually died in September but the news has only just emerged http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/nov/25/tokyo-storys-setsuko-hara-dies-at-95

I'd encourage everyone interested in Japan to see the movie. It's not only a profound meditation on human relationships, but an interesting depiction of Japan in its period of recovery after the war and occupation.

On that topic, let me also recommend the History of Japan Podcast series: https://historyofjapan.wordpress.com/ . Not only is this about Japan, but it is the best podcast series on the history of anything. For the postwar recovery, you'll want episode 116 on Shigeru Yoshida.

For an overview, just do the first 20 episodes or so. Beware that the sound quality is pretty bad.

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