I'm sure that most of us know that ukiyo translates as "floating world." But what exactly does this mean?
Our mother planet, Earth, is indeed floating somewhere in the Milky Way--or the River of Heaven (amanogawa), Ganges of the Sky, Birds' Path, Straw Way and countless other ways us earthlings refer to our galaxy.
It's been reported that Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas bassist Kei passed away on January 12 at his home due to acute heart failure.
The band's official website announced that Kei's funeral was already held on January 15 at the will of his family. Due to his death, the release of their new album, their tour, and their event 'MEGA VEGAS' will be cancelled for the time being. While the band plans to continue their activities, they commented, "It would make us happy if you would watch over us warmly until the day we see everybody again."
It's been reported that actress Enami Kyoko has passed away due to acute exacerbation of emphysema. She was 76 years old.
On November 2, Alpha Agency announced, "Enami Kyoko passed away on October 27th (Saturday) at 9:06 pm. On the 26th (Friday), she complained of feeling ill (worsening of breathing problems) and was immediately hospitalized at 2:00 pm. However, she was unable to recover and took her last breath the following night on the 27th (Saturday)."
Manga artist Sakura Momoko, who is known for 'Chibi Maruko-chan,' passed away on August 15 due to breast cancer. She was 53 years old.
In an announcement by Sakura Production on August 27, they reported, "On August 15, 2018 at 8:29 pm, Sakura Momoko passed away due to breast cancer. With sincere gratitude to all of the fans that gave her their warm support over the years, and to all of the persons involved, we would like to make this announcement here."
It's been reported that actor Tsugawa Masahiko (real name Kato Masahiko) has passed away on August 4 due to heart failure. He was 78 years old. His funeral was already held with close family and friends, but a public memorial service is scheduled to be held in the coming days.
Since making his acting debut in 1956's 'Kurutta Kajitsu,' Tsugawa has starred in numerous movies, dramas, and plays. He comes from family of talent - his grandfather is director Makino Shozo, father, actor Sawamura Kunitaro, mother, actress Makino Tomoko, and elder brother, actor Nagato Hiroyuki. In 1973, he married actress Asaoka Yukiji.
LDH group FANTASTICS member Nakao Shota, who had been undergoing treatment since March for stomach cancer, has passed away on July 6. He was 22 years old.
Nakao had been in poor health since late last year. After detailed examination, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which he revealed in March, "I was baffled as it was so sudden, but I am gradually accepting the reality and am determined to fight this illness," and promised his return, "I will definitely win! Please wait for me! Please continue to support me!"
Hokkaido dog Kai-kun, known for his role as 'Otousan' in the Softbank CMs, passed away on June 28 due to old age. He was 16 years old.
In an announcement titled, "To the first Otousan, Kaikun, with thanks," Softbank's official website stated, "On the dawn of June 28, 2018, Hokkaido dog Kai-kun, who had starred in our TV CMs as the first Otousan of the Shirato Family since 2007, has gone to heaven due to old age. He was 16 years old."