Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ROYALTY AT THE ROYAL HOST! Joining a Toho Legend for Supper!

At dinner with veteran Toho actor Yosuke Natsuki, the star of many classic Japanese films.

On Monday, October 19, I was treated to a tasty dinner with Toho star Yosuke Natsuki. We went to a nearby Royal Host restaurant and chatted for a few hours. We talked about a variety of topics (not just movies), and one thing I was quite impressed to learn was that Natsuki-san once met former President Bill Clinton at a VIP party in Tokyo (after President Clinton had already retired).

Yosuke Natsuki is still active and has made several recent appearances on Japanese television. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Not long ago, Natsuki appeared on TV with Matsuko Deluxe, an extremely famous (if a bit unusual) television personality. He also participated in a reunion program for his popular What Is Youth? TV series, as well as being interviewed for a TV documentary about Toshiro Mifune.

When the meal was finished, Natsuki-san drove me home. And, to cap off the evening, I came home to find a handwritten postcard from Bin Furuya, thanking me for joining his recent event in Harajuku. Suffice it to say, it was a great evening!

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