Friday, May 31, 2013

Tabe Mikako dating Ooku co-star Kubota Masataka

In the Friday issue out today, actor Kubota Masataka was spotted driving Tabe Mikako's car to her apartment in late May. Tabe was seen alighting the car with her dog, Appo-kun and the couple kept their distance as they entered her apartment, where he spent the night.

The couple were seen again the next morning at around 8:30am, when she saw him off from the back door of the apartment.

The young actors, both 24, acted in TBS drama 'Ooku~Tanjou~' which aired in October last year. They had some love scenes together. According to the article, Tabe was impressed by Kubota's acting abilities. Net reactions have so far been favourable with comments like,

"They look good together."
"Their face sort of look like each other, so I think they suit each other."
"He's that kid who can really act. He played a lunatic in Joker. Both of them are good actors."
"Oh, Tabe-chan got herself a boyfriend. Congratulations!"
"Lately there's hardly any news of refreshing couples like this. We have Gakky dating that one, shotgun marriages, DV couples getting married, Yaguchi cheating, just things like that."
"They're a young couple, but they somehow look composed."
"I'll tolerate it since it's Kubota-kun. Maybe I'll even cheer them on."
"Sakai and Kanno got married from Ooku also, maybe it's the atmosphere from the filming."

In the past, Tabe has made known her desire to get married while in her 20s. Kubota on the other hand, is said to be a late bloomer who falls in love at first sight easily but have difficulty in approaching girls. So far, variety programs and talk shows have avoided reporting their romance so there is a possibility that Tabe's agency is against the relationship.

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Update March 2014
The couple is still dating. According to the April 3rd issue of Josei Seven, there have been numerous sightings of the couple together at a supermarket near Tabe's apartment.

Update May 2015
The May 26 issue of Flash reports that they are still together. They were spotted leaving an izakaya, going to a nearby convenience store then heading to Kubota's apartment.

Update 2019
Kubota Masataka and Mizukawa Asami registered their marriage on Sep 21 after dating for 2 years. They started dating after costarring in 'Bokutachi ga Yarimashita' in 2017. 

Tabe Mikako announced her marriage to photographer Kumada Takaki on Oct 1. They met on location 3 years ago.

Fujiwara Tatsuya to marry within the year

Actor Fujiwara Tatsuya (31) held a press conference this afternoon in a hotel to announce his upcoming marriage. His bride-to-be is a 34-year-old non-celebrity he has been dating for 9 years. They were introduced by mutual friends in 2004. "This is our 10th year together, so I thought it might be a good juncture in our relationship," he said, when asked about how he came to this decision. They have already been living together for about 7 years.

"I am holding this press conference to formally inform my fans and staff of this occasion," he began nervously. Asked about what she is like, he replied," She is kind and has always been by my side. She has supported me through all my worries. I am deeply grateful to her." Asked if she resembles any celebrity, he jokingly said,"I don't think there's anyone in particular she looks like but if you're talking about small animals, I'd say she looks like a meerkat... I think I'm going to get scolded for saying this." He also praised her cooking abilities and revealed that she calls him 'Tatsu'.

Fujiwara also said that his married friends, Oguri Shun and Nakamura Kankuro encouraged him to settle down. The couple plans to register their marriage within the year. Asked about having children, Fujiwara replied,"We'll let nature take its course."


Monday, May 27, 2013

Yamapi, Karina and Toda Erika in love triangle for Getsu 9 drama 'Summer Nude'

Yamashita Tomohisa will take on the lead role in Fuji TV's Monday 9pm slot again this July with 'Summer Nude'. It has been 3 years since 'Code Blue' and this also marks his 4th lead role in a Getsu 9 drama (Proposal Daisakusen, Buzzer Beat, Code Blue Season 2). Karina and Toda Erika play his love interests in this love triangle.

28-year-old Mikuriya Asahi (Yamashita) runs a small photography studio in a seaside town. He once harboured dreams of being a famous photographer but now spends his days taking photos of the town's weddings and school events. One day, he runs into Chiyohara Natsuki (Karina), a chef working in a famous Italian restaurant in Tokyo. She was getting dumped by the man she was about to marry and Mikuriya catches the moment with his camera. She later ends up working at a beach house run by one of Mikuriya's senpai. Despite the bad start, Mikuriya and Chiyohara soon bond over their similar circumstances as he had also been left by his girlfriend. Toda Erika plays Mikuriya's kouhai, Taniyama Hanae, a close friend since their high school days. She had always been in love with him but he could not forget the girlfriend who had left him without giving him any reason. With Chiyohara now in the picture, what would she do?

The actress playing the role of Mikuriya's ex-girlfriend will be announced at a later date. Filming is expected to begin in early June at a seaside location where the cast will spend extended overnight stays during the duration of filming.

Update 12th June:
 Nagasawa Masami will play the part of the ex-girlfriend.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mizobata Junpei

TBC announced Mizobata Junpei as its new image character as of 1st May.