Japanese actress who became known for her role as Tripitaka in the television series Monkey.
She was in junior college when she won the lead part in Nihon TV's Ai Ga Miemasu Ka? and dropped out to pursue an acting career.
Her mother wrote a book about her life titled Himawari - Masako Natsume 27 - sai no Shougai to Haha no Ai, which turned into a documentary.
She was the only daughter of Sue and Kazu Odate.
She was a Japanese actress like Miyoshi Umeki.