Thursday, March 23, 2006

Celebrity sighting!

I went to a cafe in Shibuya last night with two friends. It's a very casual and inexpensive yet "hip" place - in other words, very Shibuya. I went straight from work and I felt very out of place in my tweed skirt suit. (As a side note, I have a love/hate relationship with Shibuya. Too many people! Yet there are so many great restaurants, too... As a result I go about once a month or so but no more.)

Anyway, my two friends and I were sitting at a table next to the cash register, and as we were talking I noticed a man approach the cash register who looked very familiar. I then realized it was Tadanobu Asano!! I haven't seen too many of his films (he's in many, including "Zatoichi") but I do see him a lot in commercials and magazines. (By the way, he is married to the singer Chara.)

I wasn't sure it was him, and I think I stared too long because he looked over at me. I felt embarrassed, so I smiled and bowed my head ever-so-slightly in an attempt to both show that I know who he is and to apologize for staring so much. He smiled and gave a slight bow as well. He looked like a nice, friendly guy!

It was kind of fun to see a celebrity in Tokyo... I haven't had a random celebrity sighting since Paul Simon was sitting at the table next to me at a super-cheap Japanese restaurant in New York (and that was almost seven years ago!).


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