Shingo Katori, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, & Goro Inagaki steal the show at GQ Men of The Year Awards

The GQ Men of The Year Awards recently took place in Tokyo, and the buzz around former SMAP members Shingo Katori, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, & Goro Inagaki attending together dominated the headlines. This is the first time all three of them officially attended a public event together since gaining their “independence” by leaving Johnny & Associates.

The GQ Men of The Year Awards is an annual event held to celebrate men who show outstanding success in their respected fields. Nine men were selected in total this year, ranging from Actors, athletes, and a professional shogi player.  The first set of awards took place in the United States back in 1994, and has since went on to be celebrated in 14 other countries worldwide. This is the 12th year for the event in Japan.

Since leaving Johnny’s all three of them took SNS by storm. Inagaki created a blog, Kusanagi started to vlog on YouTube, and Katori created his own Instagram account. All three have also made their way to Twitter. While all three are very basic things, it’s still a pretty big deal to see former Johnny’s freely use these platforms.

The three have also begun to appear on various variety shows together. Delighted with receiving the award Goro commented “I’m so thankful for receiving this honorable prize. I started this new journey with Katori and Kusunagi-kun full of enthusiasm and am very pleased to be honored. I would like to keep moving forward as an entertainer”   

Kusanagi shared that he felt like he was starting from scratch all over again, but he is looking forward to a brand new set of possibilities. Katori also stated that it felt like he was “starting from 0”, but being able to freely use SNS has been a huge highlight. “I’m so pleased to be able to connect with people all over the world. Thank you world!”, shared Katori. He also joked that hopefully this wouldn’t be the end point of his new career, and will continue to try his best.

All photos (C) Model press

The other six winners, and official images for Shingo Katori, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, & Goro Inagaki can be seen on the next page.

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  • Comments

    • I’m just enjoying these old guys use sns.

      • yamakita

        They honestly look serene and happy. Anyone who escapes the Johnny cult needs to be supported and celebrated.

        • hasawa

          “Anyone who escapes the Johnny cult needs to be supported and celebrate”
          LMAO why you talking like they escaped Scientology?? xD

          • Dalooshe

            Because Johnnintology is an actual thing :p

          • disqus_fnwCMQDX7u

            Because Johnny controls and molests kids just like David Miscavige does.

    • Bobson Dugnutt

      I am so happy for them

    • pondloso

      Really want new tsuyoshi drama soon this season drama boring like hell.

    • yaccha “JoinAramaDiscord” itai

      They don’t look dead on the inside anymore

    • Fii

      Can anyone link me to Tsuyoshi’s youtube channel? >\<?

    • angel223_

      They may look happy but their style become generics.
      The cool, power and mystery were gone.

      • Risa

        I’m interested why you say this? Now they seem like 3-D stars instead of flat and lifeless. I see plenty of cool.

        • angel223_

          They are not lifeless in a group of SMAP, their interactions were awesome and fun,
          Their happiness were just all smiles infront of social media, exaggerated happiness that look likes they were fronting it and shout out
          IM FREE FROM HELL.
          The only thing is write it all over their clothes, whatever…

          I’m expected more since they still hold a lots of fans, their style and make up were same as others, as in..

          I think at first, wow, awesome… Really awesome but then….

          I dont know,.. Its just my own feelings…

      • michi

        SMAP was never about being cool, power, and mystery. They are now more SMAP-like than they were last year trapped in the agency.

        • angel223_

          SMAP like…

          SMAP like should be 5/6,
          So anyone would be denying the existence of Kimura and Nakai for 25 yrs?

    • eplizo

      They look so happy. Love it lol.

      Good to see Yojiro and Takumi as well.