He was actually pretty easy to recognize for me because one of my friends is a SMAP fangirl (the music group/comedy group that he is a part of). And he's a pretty good actor. I've seen a few of his dramas and one of them still stands as my favorite Japanese drama. (Bara no nai hanaya in case any of you are looking for a good one - it's a tearjerker though)
This man is in variety shows, in commercials about beer, banks, etc. He just seems to show up in everything. It makes me wonder almost what his day-to-day schedule looks like. Does he ever sleep? or live a normal life? I wonder.
So, tonight after eating gyutan (cow tongue), I flipped on the TV, realized that nothing worth watching was on and then thought, "I'm ready to turn off the TV now. I've only been watching for maybe a minute. I usually see Katori-san but there is no way I'm going to see him tonight."
While thinking this, a new commercial comes on about a bank and I start laughing because sure enough, there is Katori-san with his bandmates.
Here is the commercial:
This is what I think the tagline is, "Don't worry - the Sprint bars won't hurt us; they are on our side."
Now, just watch this every day and you'll understand the exciting life I lead.