Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao Reportedly Tying the Knot this August According to Japanese Magazine

My post on the Japanese tabloid news break about the dating relationship between Hana Yori Dango leads Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao made so many people happy on this blog and even brought lurkers out of hiding. That’s the power of HYD nearly 9 years later, unaffected by the lackluster Korean version Boys Before Flowers and surviving the hot mess that was the C-version Let’s Go Watch the Meteor Shower. Jun and Mao remain the gold standard for the live-action version of the manga characters rich messed up Domyouji Tsukasa and poor plucky Makino Tsukushi, though most who shipped them in real life from the drama were mostly diehards who kept the faith while the world moved on from this cracktastic coupling. Which makes last month’s big reveal that they were dating in real life (complete with tabloid night shots of them exiting dinner along with third wheel Ikuta Toma) really out of left field for those who didn’t follow along with the myriad hints and coincidences that strongly hinted at their dating relationship over the years.

It was kept very low key likely due to Jun being a member of Arashi and under the label of notorious strong-arm agency dictator Johnny’s Entertainment, plus Mao has her own acting career to develop and needs to stay single for her fans to harbor those spurious hopes of her availability. The most recent gossipyΒ Lady’s Journal bombshell has the two of them planning to tie the knot at the end of August! Apparently with Mao signed on to headline next year’s Taiga drama, she’s the shoo-in to be the female host of this year’s Kohaku along with perennial male hosts Arashi. Industry gossip has them planning to wed so that the year end Kohaku and Mao’s Taiga next year enjoys the groundswell popularity from their high-profile coupling, plus they’ve dated long enough and both are of age to settle down. Good friend Oguri Shun tying the knot with Yamada Yu two years ago also pushes these two to settle down as well. This remains just a tabloid rumor but it’s too juicy not to share, plus it gives me a good excuse to drop an awesome Hana Yori Dango MV on you all along with stills from the HYD wedding scene. Enjoy!

Hana Yori Dango Makino Tsukushi and Domyouji Tsukasa MV:


Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao Reportedly Tying the Knot this August According to Japanese Magazine — 63 Comments

  1. Ohhhh best news ever !!!!
    Since my ship sunk with SeoUl couple …let this one be true ^_^
    I feel like watching HYD again!!!!

  2. Yup, now I want to rewatch it, too. That MV made everything come back. Work or Hana Yori Dango? Hmm. HYD wins!

    • @ trotwood –

      Me too!! Work vs. HYD….. HYD wins!

      I LOVE when drama meets reality! If this wedding story is true, it’s the best reel to real ever. πŸ˜€

  3. Gah, that ship will never sink lol. Seriously, they are just legend … wait for it … dary πŸ˜€ It’s weird because it has been such a longtime since I watched Hana Yori Dango but I can’t imagine those two apart and it’s crazy because I know it’s fiction vs real life and blablabla, but chemistry is so strong and sweet and it’s freakin’ HYD, y’know πŸ˜€
    But yeaap’, it seems to be too good to be true though XD. Well, if they have been dating for that long, it seems quite natural for the two of them to date so I AM FREAKIN’ SPAZZING, ok πŸ˜€

  4. Matsujun always reminds me of Hiro Mizushima (who’s married to the lovely talented Aya). They look like long lost brothers. I miss Hiro… πŸ™

    • Yes i missed him too… i remember watching hanadan & liking him then while looking for his other work i realized he’s taking a hiatus. I love ayaka too

      • His movies are so much better than his dramas although he totally owns Nanba senpai in Hanazakari no Kimitachi. And his last coffee cf before his hiatus is plain adorbs. I cant get enough of his smile.

        p.s: just found out that he’s back~~β™₯

  5. I am still spazzing from since this news came out. Actually, I love Mao more after reading the article on how she dealt with the ambushed interview. I am not sure though if they will get married this year. Arashi will have their 15th year anni concert in September in Hawaii and Mao will be busy filming the taiga. People and media are pushing though with all these rumors. So we will see. They are compared to Mao’s senpai Nanako Matsushima who also got married before her taiga drama so there is possibility. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    • Omg,,Matsushima Nanako,,how i love her in GTO,,and super duper happy about her marriage with her on-screen adorable “stalker” Onizuka,,haha..Jun-Mao is just lke them at their high time,,meet on site,,fall in love,,get married,,

  6. My old HYD feels have come bacckkkkkkkkkkkkkk…
    hmmm…looks like I’ll be pulling a HYD marathon again very soon too lol

  7. I love them !!! i watched the whole series just recently and kept thinking why do i always go back to this version of HYD and not the korean one ..guess i know now πŸ™‚

  8. Serious! Already the dating news is happy enough for me. Well, just get married then coz they’re so cute together. No one will object =)

  9. Koala – Thank you a million times over for acknowledging that HYD was THE SUPERIOR boys over flowers! The korean version, despite it’s excess episodes couldn’t even come close. If they really are getting married this is the best news EVER!

  10. It’ll really be a dream come true if this comes through! I think there will be fans who drop off because if the marriage, but I’m sure more will stick on as they are such a golden darling pair! Can’t believe Jun is beating his elder members to the altar; I had expected Sho is wed first. Well, we’ll see if tabloids are to be trusted. πŸ˜›

  11. I am so happy for them. Japanese HYD had the best chemistry of all versions.. they were so adorable together.

  12. OMG – seriously… that would be sooo cute. πŸ™‚ I hope that its true (if that’s what they want :))


    Wooooooooooo! I’m so happy with this news. :)) very very happy. πŸ˜€

    I thought it was just persistent rumors that they are a couple. My God, I’m so ecstatic to be wrong. Hahaha.

  14. wow, this is surely fast . . . a while ago the news of them dating – which made every HYD fans frenzy . . . and now, getting married!!! . . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (running crazily)

  15. Ms. ockoala there seeems to be some parts of the article that were translated wrongly (according to my friends who have read the SJ jap article) :).

    First, the mag didn’t mention about the two tying the knot this August, instead it said that the guy Mao’s gonna marry is born in August (implying Jun (b-day: August 30)). Though there is still a possibility that they will get married in August.

    Second, it didn’t say that Mao will be the potential host for this year’s Kouhaku as she will be a default judge this year because of her taiga starring next year (Hana Moyu). There is a high probability however that she will host next year’s (2015) Kouhaku.

    Please don’t get me wrong. I love these two to DEATH (Maotsujun shipper FTW). We just don’t want wrong information to be disseminated. I really hope they get married for real (and this year) and have bouncing Maotsujun babies and make an SP for Hanadan. πŸ˜‰

  16. Awesome, if the rumor is true this is truly awesome!!! I feel very happy for them, it must have taken a lot to convince Matsumoto Jun’s agency to agree to the marriage. Johnny’s Entertainment CEO/dictator is no joke, Akanishi Jin has barely worked since his impromtu marriage with Kuroki Meisa. Anyway, I am rooting for MJ and IM to have a happy life!!!

  17. I love both of them so much. But I’m a more avid arashi fan. I don’t think JE would ever permit them to get married. Not when arashi is still their main moneymaker. There’s a non written law that JE artist need to queue if they want to get married. Akanishi drew ire with his impromptu shotgun wedding, and left taichi of tokio’s supposed wedding plan in the dust. I don’t think anyone will cross taichi again. But who knows xD

  18. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! I don’t normally ship couples in real life, but OMG THESE TWO. They were my original drama OTP from my first ever Asian drama and I sighed and angsted and cried with happiness along with the characters.

    This is such happy news, I reallllly hope it’s true. Thank you Koala!

  19. I literally spent all of yesterday rewatching HYD after reading this news. OMG the cutest OTP, I was rewinding thoes kiss scenes and speculating if they were acting or for reals. I haven’t watched a Jdrama in years, and my matsujun love had died down years ago, but this has brought back everything *squeee

  20. Wow! Good news if this is true! Since after the break up of my loves GeunBum,i got hurt a lot. Good thing this couple who i really like at HYD is getting real!

  21. Thank goodness for this good news… I have been a little blue with some of my fave K Couple splitting up, from Ji Hyun Woo- Yoo Inna and my babies Kim Bum and Moon Geun Young.. but this… This trumps all those k-couple splitting blueness out the park….
    This really really really makes my day!!!
    Thank you for such good news, I really really hope that this is the real deal cause they were my first ever J Couple SHIP, and I may have shelved them over the years but they are still my first kcouple ship love!!!

    Domyouji Tsukasa and Makino Tsukushi Jjang!!!
    Happy wishes to Jun and Mao!!!

  22. holy crap. i found this info from sogong forum saying maotsujun are getting married! aahhhh!! thank you so much.

  23. YAAAAAAAAASSSSSS I was beyond excited/ecstatic when I heard this wonderful/amazing/fantastic news!! I love them to deathhh & from season 2, I just knew there had to be something going on off-screen! πŸ˜€

  24. Omg!!!!! Please let this be true! I Love ’em both so much!!! This excites me! And makes me wanna watch HYD for the xth times! ^_^

  25. Just get married!! Can’t get married because of career is a lame excuse. If u love her, then marry her. Don’t waste ur time with other women that u don’t love to hide ur relationship..u r 31 already

  26. Are they really dating or no? I’m so curious & I’ve been looking for answers since i started watching it again right now:D they do make a cute ass couple<3 it would be so amazing if they are!

  27. Yes! I did read some blog bout them supposedly getting married at Aug. but August already past…I’m not even sure if it’s true anymore. I can’t really get an official statement or real info. bout their relationship plus they don’t post much on Google bout Japanese stars. The closest info I got was from Wikipedia but it doesn’t say anything bout “having a relationship with anybody”

  28. woah ! awesome .. they really look good together and i’m looking forward to what will happen. Hana yori dango is my favorite japanese drama and i’ve watch it for many times already and now i’m watching it again.. hihihi <3

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