Something seems to be happening between Mariko Ishihara and Koji Tamaki only three months since their unexpected marriage announcement. Tamaki’s home in Karuizawa, recently renovated for the newlyweds, has been left vacant.
According to a neighbor, "The renovation work started in March and was completed during Golden Week. We thought they’d be starting their new life together once the work was finished, but no one’s seen them around."
The happy-looking couple was featured in the media shortly after their marriage was made public, but Ishihara vanished around the time the renovation work began. Tamaki lived in the Karuizawa house with his ex-wife for seven years, where there was a room specially made for the eight cats that she had. The building had undergone major renovation out of concern for the new bride. Perhaps the effort was not good enough for Ishihara.
Entertainment reporter Masaru Nashimoto, who has known Ishihara for many years, explains, “It appears Tamaki is being pushed around by Ishihara. She’s interfering in his social circle to the point that people who have long supported him are walking away.”
He also added, though, that the divorce between Ishihara and her ex-husband in the United States is yet unresolved, preventing her from getting legally married to Tamaki. It appears that Ishihara went to the States alone to resolve the matter, and Tamaki has joined her there.© Japan Today