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Johnny’s rising star Shintaro Morimoto opens special cafe

00:44 JST September 1, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

To celebrate the release of his new DVD, Johnny’s Jr. Shintaro Morimoto (13) opened a themed cafe and talked to 200 lucky fans in Tokyo yesterday, reports Cinema Topics Online and Nikkan Sports.

Morimoto, who is also the younger brother of Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryutaro Morimoto (15), beat 10,000 other hopefuls to land the title role in the movie “スノープリンス 禁じられた恋のメロディ (Snow Prince Kinjirareta Koi no Melody)”, which was released in December 2009.  The story follows the friendship between Sota (Morimoto) and his dog Chibi, who live in poverty with Sota’s grandfather, but befriend Soya (Marino Kuwashima), a girl from a wealthy family.

The film’s DVD release was promoted by Morimoto opening a special cafe that will only be open from August 31 to September 3, and a release event where 200 fans got to take part.

The star said he got to put his own ideas into the cafe’s menu, including “Sota’s summer christmas parfait”.

“I don’t think it’s normal to be able to open a cafe when promoting a DVD so I feel really happy.

“The Snow Prince collaboration parfait has my favourite vanilla ice cream in it.  It tastes sweet and really delicious so please try it!,”  He said.

Snow Prince's "Sota's Summer Christmas Parfait" (costs 780 yen)

After opening the cafe, Morimoto was rushed to Shibuya’s Tower Records store for his talk event.

Because the event landed on the last day of school holidays, the press had asked Morimoto what his best summer memory had been for 2010.  Unfortunately, Morimoto had said he hadn’t had any time off this year.

“My summer memory for this year was work.

“I wasn’t able to go out a lot, but even though summer holidays are over, I hope I can have a barbecue with my family soon!

“I’ve still got to finish my homework so I’ll have to do that tonight.

“I only just started junior high school too, so I hope I can enjoy my time there and study a lot,” he said.

During the two years it had taken to finish the movie, Morimoto had said his facial features had changed, and he had grown more than 10 centimetres taller.

“My brother said I look cooler now,” he said.

The young popstar also made sure he did his best to promote the DVD.

“There were a lot demanding scenes like going into a waterfall in midwinter and a fire scene.  I think the best part is watching how the characters hate each other at first, but then begin to become friends.

“In the special features, there’s footage from filming in Belgium, campaign events we did for the movie, and lots more memories from Snow Prince so I hope you enjoy watching me do things other than acting,” he said.

After promoting the DVD and answering press questions, fans were invited to compete in a game of rock, paper, scissors.  Three lucky winners were rewarded with the chance to eat the Snow Prince parfait with Morimoto.

Another surprise included Morimoto saying he would shake hands with every fan who had come yesterday.

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