Once you’ve been here, it’s hard not to fall in love with Japan. The sights, sound, culture, food and even people would make you want to never leave the country. Celebrities also get bit by the country love bug, but Japan gets more love than any other country. Many celebrities have even proclaimed their love for Nihon and have gone great lengths to express it. Here are 3 celebrities that you may not know who are madly in love with the Land of The Rising Sun, and have openly expressed it.
Most of the world know Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K in Men in Black. But the Japanese mostly know him as the face of Boss – Suntory’s brand of canned coffee. He has been appearing as the endorser of Boss for a decade now and is a familiar face all over the country through commercials and ads.
Tommy Lee Jones once expressed his love for Japan by being the only foreigner to appear in a commercial for free to raise Japan’s spirits after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. He has also been quoted raving about his travels to Japan, mentioning how he is especially fond of Kyoto, is a fan of kabuki and loves the Japanese fish ayu.
Keanu Reeves is no stranger to Japan. He’s been touted as one of the most well-loved Hollywood celebrities in Japan. After all, he’s been popular worldwide and has done a movie, 47 Ronin, loosely based on the Chuushingura.
Keanu has been spotted many times in Japan, for location scouting and even for being just a simple tourist. He once said that he is trying to learn Bushido, Recently, he made a surprise appearance at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture to drive a superbike of his. In the said event, he also met Kumamon – Kumamoto Prefecture’s popular mascot, where they posed for the photo above that made the internet explode.
While she might have upset conservative Japan folk once for wearing clothes with the Korean character for “color” before, it’s no secret that Gaga loves Japan. Aside from donning Japanese inspired outfits and makeup, she has previously announced on Twitter that Tokyo is her favorite place.
She proved that this is not lip service by being a big advocate of MTV Video Music Aid Japan Benefit Concert that raised money for the benefit of those who were struck by the Japanese tsunami. Lady Gaga visited the country twice after the disaster and even teared up for the country while discussing the effects of the tsunami. She sold her teacup marked in Nihongo with “Pray for Japan” at a whopping $75,000, with all proceeds going to those affected by the calamity.