Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, 28, will make his first appearance on Fuji TV’s "SMAPxSMAP," alongside his wife and former Nippon TV announcer Tomoyo Shibata, 34, when the show airs live on Monday Jan 12 at 10.15 p.m. This will be the first time Matsuzaka and Shibata have appeared on a variety show together. It will also be SMAPxSMAP’s first show of the year, and will include some special segments along with the traditional Bistro Corner, in which the SMAPsters cook for visiting celebrities.
When interviewed by a Fuji TV reporter, Matsuzaka said he had wanted to be a guest on Bistro SMAP ever since he started playing professional baseball, but said he was a bit embarrassed about being on the show with his wife. When Matsuzaka said he was looking forward to dessert, his wife said she wanted SMAP to use white meat in the main course.
Shibata said the couple sometimes cook together, but that she doesn’t let Matsuzaka use knives just in case he cuts himself, so he is in charge of frying and so forth. She also said: “I love watching men in the kitchen, so I hope he is inspired by SMAP and cooks more often.”
The show on Jan 12 will go to air live as a New Year special. Matsuzaka and Shibata will take part in some games and singing, and talk about their views on ideal partners and marriage.© Japan Today