10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japanese Actor and Dreamboat, Matsumoto Jun

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  • Matsumoto Jun, also affectionately known as “Matsujun” to his fans, is a talented actor, singer, and member of the nationally famous J-pop boy band, Arashi. He gained popularity with the hit high school romance series, Hana Yori Dango, or Boys Over Flowers in English, and continues to make fans give dreamy sighs when he appears on commercials, notably for beer or gadget advertisements.

    Many people know that Matsujun has starred in TV shows and gained fame with Arashi with hits such as “Monster,” “Love So Sweet,” and “Furusato,” but here are some interesting facts you might not have known about him.

    1. He was only 12 when he started his career

    Matsujun was just a child when he joined Johnny & Associates, the biggest group in Japan representing talents such as actors and singers, in 1996. At this delicate age, Matsujun was already developing his entertainment skills.

    2. Arashi performed at his sister’s wedding

    Matsujun initially became interested in applying for Johnny & Associates because his older sister, Megumi, who was a huge fan of KinKi Kids. When Megumi got married, Arashi attended her wedding and performed for the happy couple.

    3. His family sells high-quality eggs from their farm

    Matsujun’s family was quite wealthy even before Jun found fame, and high-quality eggs from their farm are exported to the United States and Europe. A single egg from the Matsumoto family can cost up to 500 yen!

    4. He’s an adrenaline junkie

    Matsujun loves rock climbing, bungee jumping, skydiving, and surfing. When he isn’t acting, he likes to chase danger and heights.

    5. Arashi wasn’t the first band he was in

    Before joining Arashi, Matsujun was in a group called “MAIN” with Ikuta Toma, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Aiba Masaki. Arashi later debuted in 1999.

    6. He has a very rare blood type

    Matsujun’s blood type is A-, or rhesus negative, which is pretty rare as blood types go.

    7. He sometimes gets emotional

    He has a reputation of getting teary-eyed when he watches movies. When he went to see Forrest Gump at the cinema with his family, he ran out of the theater to cry. When he reread the Hana Yori Dango manga after getting the part as Domyoji Tsukasa, he identified with the character and the story made him cry.

    8. He loves wine

    Matsujun prefers wine to Japanese sake or beer, and he even has a wine cellar in his house.

    9. He used to have buck teeth

    When he was a child, Matsujun used to have large and protruding front teeth. These were “corrected” early on, however, giving him the pearly whites we can see in his signature smile now.

    10. He’s a huge fan of the Harry Potter series

    Although Matsujun can’t speak any English at all, he enjoys watching Western movies and claims to be a huge fan of Harry Potter, much to fans’ delight.

    Matsumoto Jun is a talented actor, singer, and performer who we love to see grace our screens. He’s still young at 34; we can hope to see more of his work as he continues to take on new roles and gain adoring fans across the world!