On November 10th, actress Mori Mitsuko passed away from heart failure and pneumonia at the age of 92. On December 7th, the formal funeral was held in Shimeyaka, Aoyama (Tokyo). Kondo Masahiko, Kuroyanagi Tetsuko, Sadaharu Oh (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks) gathered to read a message of condolence.
Because they have current concerts in Yahoo! Dome, all 5 members of Arashi were able to attend in the morning. Then little by little, since Shounentai member, Higashiyama Noriyuki to SMAP, TOKIO, KinKi Kids, V6, Tackey & Tsubasa, KAT-TUN, Kanjani8, NEWS and Hey! Say! JUMP, they all rushed into the last farewell. Even Higashiyama’s wife, Kimura Yoshino attended the ceremony. On behalf of all Johnny’s Idols, Kondo Masahiko entered the hall taking the arm of Kuroyanagi to show his support.
Kuroyanagi share the stage with Mori-san in “Horōki”. Kondo stated, “Mori-san, thank you very much. She was the mother of Japan. Well no, she still is. Also, she was all of us, Johnny’s mother”, sending his last farewell.
Since the beginning of my career, I have happy memories of her. Always received a Christmas and birthday present from her, always sending kind messages in letters or faxes. My desk drawer is filled with letters and FAX from Mori-san. I’ve been encouraged many times. I’d like to review how she helped me to overcome hard times. The other day I went to intrude in Mori-san’s home. I wanted to hug her shoulders and visit her once more. I felt the same warmth and kindness from when I was first allowed to participate in “Horōki”. That’s when I realized she was really gone. Over there, there’s a lot of people waiting for Mori-san. For a while she was really busy. I’m glad she was never lonely. Mori-san, after the dust settles, please rest properly. Thank you.
In addition Akiyama Toshiyuki (Tokyo Vice Governor) and Yamamoto Manabu also read a message of condolence. Naraoka Tomoko who couldn’t attend due to stage schedule also sent a message of condolences.
Mori-san had exchanges with idols from Johnny’s Jimusho since the 80s and was called as “Johnny’s mother”. Johnny’s made a space on their busy schedules to attend together in this special day.