Japanese fans ecstatic to see Takako Matsu perform at Academy Awards

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, broadcast Sunday from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, featured an international performance of “Into the Unknown,” an Oscar-nominated song from Disney’s “Frozen 2.”

Idina Menzel, who plays Elsa in the original version, was joined by nine other Elsas singing in their respective native languages, including Japanese actress Takako Matsu from Japan. Takako Matsu, the Japanese voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen and Frozen II, became the first Japanese singer to perform on stage at the Oscars when she joined her fellow Elsas from Denmark, Germany, Latin America, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain and Thailand. 

Menzal sang most of the song and Matsu sang a line in addition to background vocals, but Japanese fans were delighted to see Matu on an international stage with other big names.

“It is such an honor to be given this opportunity,” Matsu said in a statement before the ceremony. “It will be a joy for me to meet Elsas from around the world. I hope people will enjoy the performance.”

She made her appearance on the red carpet wearing a blush-pink kimono standing out against the other singers’ princess-style gowns. Netizen responses to seeing her in her kimono were mostly positive.