Singer Ayumi Hamasaki, 31, is to appear alongside one of her favorite TV characters - the talking dog from the Softbank Mobile ads. The popular ads feature a white dog that plays the father of the Shirato family.
Hamasaki, who is reportedly a big fan of the father character, contacted Softbank founder and president Masayoshi Son, 53, on Twitter, and got the OK. In the ads, Hamasaki, who is disguised as fledgling pop-star wannabe Nagashi no Ayu encounters Mr Shirato in a small, neighborhood eatery. The story involves an air of romantic tension as Hamasaki sings to Shirato enka-style about gossip, divorce and being just friends. The kindly dog assures her she's going to be big someday.
Upon her first meeting with the Softbank dog, Hamasaki said, "I thought he was going to be smaller and fluffy. I'm struck by how large and powerful he is." After making friends with the dog throughout the shoot, Hamasaki had a photo taken with him for posterity before saying her goodbyes.
Model and actress turned novelist Yuzuki Muroi, 40, plays the family restaurant proprietress in the ad and famed enka singer Shiro Miya also appears as a guitarist.© Japan Today