Cafe in tsunami-hit area receives a daily letter from actor Ken Watanabe

23 Jan

Actor Ken Watanabe is a stand-up guy!



Prolific Japanese actor Ken Watanabe may have achieved stardom both domestically and internationally, but to the residents of a small city in northern Japan, he’s also known for his heart of gold.

Kesennuma (気仙沼), Miyagi Prefecture is one of several coastal cities that was ravaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In the aftermath of the disaster, Watanabe helped build (and now manages) a combined cafe-shop in Kesennuma in an effort to provide economic relief to the locals. Most inspiring, however, is his unwavering dedication to the venture–somehow, despite his busy filming and PR schedule in both Japan and Hollywood, he still finds the time to fax a handwritten letter to the cafe every single day!

Join our ace Japanese reporters Mr. Sato and Yoshio on their recent trip up north to visit this hidden gem of northern Japan.

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4 Responses to “Cafe in tsunami-hit area receives a daily letter from actor Ken Watanabe”

  1. icthelion January 24, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    Very admirable. My impression if him is much improved by this. It has always surprised me that the entertainment industry hasn’t done more for the hard hit areas. Glad to see someone stepping up to the plate.


    • tokyo5 January 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      Yeah … I’ve heard that Ken Watanabe is down-to-earth and kind.


  2. Musings January 23, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    I’ve always admired Ken Watanabe. How wonderful to know he’s such a terrific guy with a heart of gold.

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