Kazue Kudo

Kazue Kudo passed away peacefully on October 9, 2017, surrounded by family. She was 91. Ms. Kudo, or Madam Kudo as she was known professionally, was a renowned koto musician. Her performance credits include music for films such as Sayonara, Tea House of the August Moon, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Dr. Zhivago, and Cry for Happy, and for television programs such as Happy Days, Shogun, Mission Impossible, The Barbra Streisand Special, and Kung Fu. She was the daughter of Mitsukazu Tosa, who was the last in a line of Japanese artists of the Tosa School of Kyoto that traces its history back over 1,000 years and whose paintings were commissioned by the Imperial Court of the Emperor of Japan. Madam Kudo is survived by her three children Richard, Jeffrey, and Gary, four grandchildren Jennifer, Brandon, Marissa, and Nickolas, and her brother Mitsuaki Tosa. A celebration of her life will be held on October 21, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., at Forest Lawn Glendale.