The face of keitai (mobile/cellphone) giant Softbank is a gorgeous white dog and....Dante. I knew Dante back in the day, when I lived in Osaka. He was the boyfriend of a friend of mine who was starting her own pizza restaurant with her brother in Ame-mura and Dante was helping out in the kitchen and with service.
He landed this Softbank gig just before I left Osaka, so towards the end of 2006. A couple of months ago I was in Osaka eating pizza and heard his popularity in the Land of the Rising Sun had reached crazy proportions of the Japanese variety. He gets some serious recognition on the street and is bandited by the young, the old - both men and women - for photos and just to be screamed at. Apparently the screams of recognition are insane.
So good on him. I just dig the slippers in the bottom photo....only in Japan.
PS For the best pizza in Osaka...nay JAPAN, head to SLICES in Ame-mura, Osaka. Goes down so well with the bubble tapioka tea.
Labels: Friends n Foes, Japan, Randoms, That's Japan Baby