Makiko Esumi was born on December 18, 1966 in Izumo Shimane Prefecture, Japan. She is a well known model and actress in Japan, and is also known to be a lyricist and writer. Esumi is known to play the role of Chinatsu Tsuboi in the Japanese television series Shomuni. When she was still a high school student, Makiko Esumi worked part time as a miko or a supplementary priestess, at Izumo-taisha. She then went on to join the Japan Tobacco Women’s Volleyball team as soon as she graduated high school, but was injured in 1989. She then pursued a career in show business after being inspired by Miki Imai while she was still recovering from her injury.
Makiko Esumi made her acting debut in Maborosi as Yumiko in 1995. She received positive reviews for her role, and as stated by Edward Guthmann of the San Francisco Chronicle, Esumi played her role extraordinarily and acted with grace and delicacy. With this performance, she earned the Rookie of the Year award at 19th Annual Japan Academy Prize and also at the 38th Blue Ribbon Awards. In 1996 however, she was involved in an ugly and scandalous divorce with her then husband Rowland Kirishima, where in Esumi was caught cheating on him while Kirishima was on his business trip. On April 26, 2000, Esumi penned and made her singing debut with her single titled One Way Drive. It was used as the ending song for the second season of the Shomuni series, where in she also played a role. The music was played by Tomoyasu Hotei. In 2002, she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Inochi. Esumi married Shin Hirano who was a Fuji TV director in 2003. Esumi has two daughters, with the first one being born in February 2005 and the second one in December 2009. She was also involved in a small scandal where Esumi appeared in government advertisements encouraging the mass to make their pension payments, and was later revealed that Esumi was not making contributions herself.
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