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  2. As I was reading through the archives at the interesting and informative site Now I Know, I stumbled upon this entry. Ken is just everywhere I go!

    Now I Know – Type Cast

    Actor Ken Watanabe was born in Koide, Niigata, Japan, on October 21, 1959.  He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Last Samurai, and has more recently appeared in Batman Begins and Inception. He survived leukemia, which he was diagnosed with in 1989, and has Hepatitis C.  In 2004, he was featured in People Magazine’s issue listing the fifty most beautiful people. One can learn all of this from Watanbe’s Wikipedia entry.

    To learn his blood type, however, you will have to dig deeper.  Not much deeper, though. That information is in his Wikipedia entry, too – his entry on the Japanese Wikipedia, that is.  (For those who do not speak Japanese, here’s a screenshot of it, translated.  Pay particular attention to the infobox on the right, three lines up from the bottom.)  He’s blood type A.

    Why is it there?  Because Japanese culture treats blood types much like the Western world treats Zodiac symbols: mythical indicators as to people’s personalities and, in relationships, to their compatability with others. These blood type characteristics can be seen [in the “Japanese blood type personality chart” above].  While science has widely debunked any causal connection here, an estimated 90% of Japan’s residents know their blood types.

     
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    Ken with a delightful smile at the NTT DoCoMo launch of the iPhone 5c, September 20, 2013, in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, Japan.

    Ken with a delightful smile at the NTT DoCoMo launch of the iPhone 5c, September 20, 2013, in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, Japan.

    (Source: mdpr.jp)

     
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    Ken and his handsome face at NTT DoCoMo’s launch of the iPhone 5s, at a DoCoMo shop in Marunouchi, Japan, on September 20, 2013.

    Ken and his handsome face at NTT DoCoMo’s launch of the iPhone 5s, at a DoCoMo shop in Marunouchi, Japan, on September 20, 2013.

    (Source: k-tai.impress.co.jp)

     
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  6. oldfilmsflicker:


Katsumoto: You believe…a man can change his destiny?Algren: I believe a man does what he can…until his destiny is revealed.


Movie Quote of the Day – The Last Samurai, 2003 (dir. Edward Zwick) | the diary of a film history fanatic

    oldfilmsflicker:

    Katsumoto: You believe…a man can change his destiny?
    Algren: I believe a man does what he can…until his destiny is revealed.

     
  7. sweetlifeforcha:

    AIBA MASAKI - MEZAMASHI “BEST JEANIST AWARD” 2013.10.03

    10/3 めざまし (by dm_51a103765164e)

    Ken’s in there too!

     
  8. Ken receiving his 2013 Best Jeanist Award.  He should also receive an award for Best Smile, and Best Face, and Best Everything.

    (Source: best-jeans.com)

     
  9. Yes, Ken is ridiculously handsome accepting his 2013 Best Jeanist Award.
Japan Today gives a little background:

Model Rola, Arashi’s Masaki Aiba, actor Ken Watanabe named Best Jeanists for 2013
Model Rola, 23, Masaki Aiba, 30, of popular idol boy band Arashi, actor Ken Watanabe, 53, and “talent” LiLiCo, 42, are among winners of the “Best Jeanist Awards 2013.”
The annual awards, in their 30th year, are given to Japanese celebrities who look good in jeans. This year, the public were able to cast their votes online, with 15,587 votes received.

Ken certainly looks good in jeans… without jeans… anytime.

    Yes, Ken is ridiculously handsome accepting his 2013 Best Jeanist Award.

    Japan Today gives a little background:

    Model Rola, Arashi’s Masaki Aiba, actor Ken Watanabe named Best Jeanists for 2013

    Model Rola, 23, Masaki Aiba, 30, of popular idol boy band Arashi, actor Ken Watanabe, 53, and “talent” LiLiCo, 42, are among winners of the “Best Jeanist Awards 2013.”

    The annual awards, in their 30th year, are given to Japanese celebrities who look good in jeans. This year, the public were able to cast their votes online, with 15,587 votes received.

    Ken certainly looks good in jeans… without jeans… anytime.

     
  10. freespiritlovelife:

    Beautiful Asian Men