According to the band's biography, Yasuda was born in a hermaphroditic condition in 1943. She began a career as an assistant in a radio engineering department of a Tokyo university, but eventually earned a PhD in mathematics and began teaching at various colleges.
In 1984, she moved to New York as a visiting professor with her photographer partner Erika. They returned to Tokyo, where Julia taught mathematics and logic and continued to research set theory.
Erika passed away in 1987, after which Julia returned to New York. She met ANOHNI (f.k.a. Antony Hegarty) and Johanna Constantine in 1995, and they began performing under the moniker the Johnsons.
ANOHNI paid tribute to her friends and collaborator on Instagram, sharing a message that described Yasuda as his "Dear friend and muse for over 2 decades," as well as "a model, performance artist, Ph.D. educator published in set theory, meditation practitioner, star of Transsexual Menace, ham radio enthusiast and pioneering intersex activist."
See that post below.
Dr. Julia Yasuda, one of the 3 founding members of The Johnsons, and my dear friend and muse for over 2 decades, passed away on Monday. She was a model, performance artist, Ph.D. educator published in set theory, meditation practitioner, star of Transsexual Menace, ham radio enthusiast and pioneering intersex activist. #Drjuliayasuda #antonyandthejohnsons #THEJOHNSONS #Freeatlast #Iamabirdnow