Married to her “first love” after half a century
Her face was full of happiness.
She said, “Oh, my! So cute!”
She said and crouched down when she spotted a puppy on a walk in a prestigious residential area in Tokyo at around 8 pm in early May. The owner who was approached looked quite surprised, but that was to be expected. It was actress Kaori Momoi (72) who suddenly spoke to him in her characteristic husky voice.
Beside Momoi, who was talking to the dog, was a man with a gentle smile on his face. He is Momoi’s husband, Issei Utsunomiya, a world-renowned music producer.
Momoi moved her base of living to Los Angeles in ’05 after appearing in the Hollywood movie “Sayuri.” Mr. Utsunomiya, a childhood friend who announced their marriage in 2003, is a talented music producer who discovered the legendary rock band Nirvana and is widely known in the United States as Kaz Utsunomiya,” said a music writer in the United States.
Momoi, who celebrates life with a unique style, is not only an actress but also a film director and creator, traveling back and forth between Japan and the United States. On the night this magazine caught a glimpse of her, it was probably after a “temporary visit” to Japan with her husband and they enjoyed dinner together.
The woman asked, “Do you want to stop somewhere? Do you want to stop somewhere or do you want to go home?
Momoi smiled as she spoke to her husband. She was wearing no disguise, and some passersby were giving her looks, but she didn’t seem to mind at all. The two held hands firmly and walked toward their home.
An acquaintance of Momoi’s reveals.
I heard that they first met in London, where Momoi was studying ballet as an elementary school student. According to her, Mr. Utsunomiya was ‘my childhood friend and first love since I was 9 years old. The two were reunited when Ms. Momoi immigrated to the United States. They were married about half a century after their first encounter. After biting both sweet and sour feelings, they became partners and are now living a comfortable life in the U.S.”
In a variety show she appeared on in January of this year, Momoi talked about her marriage to Utsunomiya,
I knew right away that I was going to meet this person until he died. I knew right away that I wanted to be with this man until I die.
I knew right away that I wanted to be with this person until I die.
The great actress, who had lived a life full of love, was reunited with her “first love” in the U.S. and found her “last love. The happiness of an “adult couple” overflows in their expressions as they walk hand in hand, laughing and gazing at each other.
From the June 2, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Ichiro Takatsuka