Sho Sakurai enjoying the local drinks in Okinawa
(How did I miss this one…. Momo)
On location shooting at a tropical beach with emerald green seas, Arashi’s Sho Sakurai and actress Keiko Kitagawa are in Okinawa to work the special drama episode of “謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazo-toki wa Dinner no atode)”, reports Tokyo Walker on February 14.
The Nazo-toki team have been doing on location shoots since February 10 for the drama, which is based on the award-winning novel of the same name. The story follows Reiko Hosho (Kitagawa), one of the richest heiresses in the world and now a new police detective, and Kageyama (Sakurai), Reiko’s mean-mouthed butler who uses his amazing detective skills to guide Reiko to figure out who the killer is .
The production team and cast had spent two days on the Okinawa beach, where the weather stayed fine most of the time, although there was a little rain on the second day’s morning.
It has been reported in between shoots, Sakurai had a great time trying out the local drinks. During the night he would go into the convenience store to buy 泡盛 (Awamori, an alcoholic drink made in Okinawa). Then, during dinner the Arashi would try some 古酒 (Kusu, old vintage Awamori).
Sakurai said this shoot felt like the real end to the drama.
“When we finished filming the drama series in December, we’d already been told there was going to be an special episode, so this shoot feels like the real finish. We’ve got a week’s worth of shooting to do, and I hope we can all give it our best and stay in one piece.”
The episode begins with the death of a Western painter. Then, the story moves to Okinawa. Not only will fans get to see Reiko and Kageyama work together to solve the mystery, the two will be joined by the drama’s regular cast and some special guests.
“謎解きはディナーのあとでスペシャル (Nazo-toki wa Dinner no atode Special)” will go on air in Japan on March 27.