Ultra Seven stands on guard in front of Joli Chapeau in Fujisawa, Kanagawa! Photo by Brett Homenick.
Joli Chapeau played host to another Ultra-fan event on March 21, and this time the special guest was Keiko Nishi, who played Terrible Monster Attacking Crew (TAC) member Noriko Mikawa on Ultraman Ace (1972-73). The event was hosted by Koji Moritsugu, who, as Dan Moroboshi in Ultra Seven (1967-68), is easily one of the most popular figures in the Ultraman universe.
I've met Nishi-san several times at her cafe in Ginza over the years and have gotten to know her rather well. When I stepped in the door, she instantly recognized me. This was my third time meeting Moritsugu-san, and he is always a joy to meet. He is as approachable as he is energetic, which makes for a rather fun combination. He certainly enjoys mixing with his fans.
The event began with an autograph signing and was followed by a talk show, which naturally focused on their respective careers in the Ultra-series. The audience was enthusiastic and participated throughout the Q&A session.
After that, it was picture time! Everybody lined up for the obligatory photo sessions. The guests were happy to pose for photos, which is not always the case at such events in Japan. But, at Joli Chapeau, it is always guaranteed, which puts it above the others that don't.
The photos speak for themselves, so there isn't much need to elaborate. Overall, it was a fun event, and the guests were very friendly. Nishi-san and Moritsugu-san are always a blast to hang out with, and if my schedule permits, I'd love to attend the next event. Hopefully that can be arranged.
See you next time!