On 1 October, 33-year-old Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara announced through her talent agency Horipro that she would be marrying her non-celebrity boyfriend of the same generation. Although they were not yet living together and the wedding ceremony had not been decided, they would be registering their marriage within this year.
“On this occasion, I will be getting married to a non-celebrity whom I’ve been dating for some time. As we deepen our mutual understanding, and while sharing various experiences, I am sure that we can overcome any difficulty,” Ishihara wrote. “Even though we may be inexperienced, from now on as a couple, we are hoping to walk through life together cherishing the important things.”
Ishihara had also expressed her gratitude to her fans who had been supporting her, and her desire to grow as a human and as an actress. She looked forward to the continued guidance and encouragement, and wished everyone health and good luck.
According to Ishihara’s talent agency, the two met through the introduction of a couple who are Ishihara’s friends. The agency also explained that Ishihara’s fiancé was someone full of emotions, who laughed a lot and was fun to chat with.
Her marriage received a number of congratulatory messages, including a tweet from Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa who said he was happy to hear such a cheerful piece of good news — possibly a stark contrast to the recent negative reports on Japanese celebrity suicide.
Fans, on the other hand, decided on a humorous approach saying that it was okay Ishihara got married, because they still had Yui Aragaki: another popular Japanese actress who is still single.
Satomi Ishihara is known for her performance in Japanese television drama Shitsuren Chocolatier where she acted alongside Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto, and her role as an English teacher in Japanese television drama From Five To Nine: The Monk Who Fell In Love With Me. Her most recent work is Unsung Cinderella: Midori, The Hospital Pharmacist, where she starred as Midori, a hard-working and passionate pharmacist.