There was a total deja vu recall when I saw recent Japanese news reports, tabloids and weekly ladies journals and the like, reporting on the likely upcoming Sept wedding between A-list stars Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao. Did I time travel back six months ago when the same rags were reporting the same thing? Only after reading the actual articles did it become clear that the latest marriage watch is not rehashing last year’s gossip but new indications that the 9-year and going unofficial couple was ready to make it legal. Setting aside their top star status, just by doing Hana Yori Dango together and becoming a public darling onscreen couple makes the fan and media eagerness for them to go public soon very understandable.
Last year’s wedding chatter was on Inoue Mao wanting to get married before she started the year long filming for the 2015 Taiga Hana Moyu (花燃ゆ Burning Flower), but reportedly the schedule didn’t work out and MatsuJun’s agency Johnny & Associates was still having heartburn with him getting married while Arashi remains the top male idol group in Japan even 15 years in. Wedding watch was reignited last month when sources from the set of Hana Moyu revealed Inoue Mao is openly discussing plans for her wedding after the Taiga wraps at the end of September, wanting to wear a traditional Japanese wedding kimono rather than a white wedding dress. Sources further reveal Mao has also been getting wedding advice and tips from her Hana Moyu costar Higashide Masahiro. So there you have it, HanaDan wedding watch back on!