Yesterday, David and I went to the semi-annual Chiller Theatre Convention in Parsippany, NJ. I don't have time to share all the experiences. However, I thought I'd share one today in honor of Japanese actor Akira Takarada's 79th birthday.
When Chiller Theatre announced Akira Takarada as a guest of honor for the April convention, David got super excited. The Japanese star's appearances in the US are rare. Takarada played Hideto Ogata in the 1954 sci-fi classic Godzilla. If you're a fan of Toho Studios, you may also recognize Takarada from Mothra vs. Godzilla, Invasion of Astro-Monster, and Godzilla vs. Sea Monster.
|Akira Takarada & Momoko Kochi with Godzilla|
David and I decided that we would go to Akira Takarada's room first on Sunday (April 28th). While getting on line, a man excused himself for bumping into David. When we turned around, we discovered it was Takarada. He shook our hands and welcomed us. Already, we were having a great experience! David had made a sketch card of Takarada as he appeared in Godzilla. In addition, he purchased an 8 x10 photo of Takarada with his leading lady in Godzilla, Momoko Kochi. When it was our turn to meet the Japanese actor, we found out that he enjoyed taking pictures with the fans -- FOR FREE!!!
|David with Akira Takarada|
|Tracy aka Gilby with Akira Takarada|
As we were getting ready to leave, Takarada motioned that it was my turn. I realized that it would be rude to say no. In spite of being camera shy, I joined the actor while David played photographer. Takarada gave me a big hug and told the others to eat their hearts out. It was then I realized I was the only female in the room. Now, David refers to Takarada as my "boyfriend." Honestly, he is a sweet man who gave me a great memory. I wish him a Happy Birthday and many more!