April 2008. In April 2008, a woman holding a plastic umbrella appeared on a tree-lined street in Tokyo in a light drizzle. Even under the mask that covers the lower half of her face, I can sense her overwhelming aura. It was actress Yonekura Ryoko (46). She gets into her beloved blue car parked on the shoulder of the road, and drives away with the sound of the engine.
The seventh series of “Doctor X” (TV Asahi), in which Yonekura plays the lead role, is doing well, with viewer ratings exceeding 15%. This magazine has been catching up with Yonekura’s charming face in between her busy schedule. We would like to show you her presence in these treasured photos.
The Foreigner Who Cuddles Up to Her
In May 2008, Yonekura was spotted in a shopping street near an upscale residential area in Tokyo. Walking with her was a well-built foreign man. I wondered who he was.
“It was Gonzalo Quesch, an Argentine tango dancer. Gonzalo is an instructor at a tango school in Tokyo, and Yonekura had been taking private lessons from him for about three years. They started out as teacher and student, but Gonzalo’s passionate personality attracted her and they developed a relationship.
The two of them are holding hands and leaning on each other’s arms ……. They were holding hands and leaning on each other’s arms, and I could tell that they trusted each other very much.
The handsome guy who hugged her at dawn
It was in November 2004 that I saw Yonekura in a hug. The person she was with was …….
It was dawn the next day when Yonekura, who had been enjoying dinner and drinks since the night before, came out of a restaurant in Roppongi, Tokyo. Yonekura was followed by a handsome man. He was Jun Matsumoto, a former member of Arashi. They shook hands and hugged each other on the street. The expression on Yonekura’s face as they parted, looking regretful, was impressive.
It looked like a scene from a drama, but it was a scene from a dinner party with other actors, including Ittoku Kishibe and Kayoko Kishimoto. Yonekura, who has been in the entertainment industry for many years, has a wide network of contacts.
Good style that attracts the attention of customers
In the evening of May 2007, a woman with an outstanding aura was shopping at a high-class supermarket in Hiroo, Tokyo, where celebrities are often seen. She was wearing a black cap, sunglasses, a jacket and spats, and gold sneakers on her feet. Her incredibly long and thin legs caught the attention of the customers. It was Yonekura. I wondered if she had been to the nearby gym, seeing that she seemed to have almost no clothes on.
“Yonekura, carrying a paper bag from the supermarket bakery, walked into the convenience store next door, looking at her phone screen. She was staring at the shelves lined with vegetable juices and smoothies. He dropped his gaze to his phone again and stood at the back of the store, just typing away on his phone for a few minutes. In the end, I bought a single rice ball and left the store,” said a customer who was there.
First-rate actresses have an aura about them even when they are just walking down the street. Yonekura also exudes an overwhelming sense of presence.
Photography： Yusuke Kondo, Takeshi Kinugawa, Keisuke Nishi, Ippei Hara, Saki Hotta