Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ebizo Ichikawa, bikers, half-Japanese and broken teeth
The recent news in Japan that I find quite entertaining to follow is that of the famous Kabuki actor "Ebizo Ichikawa" (seems like he's the 11th in line of his generation taking the same stage name, see his profile at the theaters homepage here) and the brutal beating that he received a few days ago putting him in the hospital with quite severe facial injuries and probable plastic surgery coming up to recover his most valuable asset up to the previous glory. As usual here in Japan, when the news broke, most people seemed to be shocked by this brutal assault on their favorite innocent actor...
In the beginning, details were quite scarce, but now more and more interesting tidbits seem to be turning up little by little. It probably also should be added that Ebizo has an image of something of a playboy who likes the booze and the girls, but earlier in the year, he snagged up the cute little Tv announcer Mao-chan and got married and people seemed to think that he would settle down and cut down on the nightlife. However, this does not seem to be the case...
It seems like Ebizo went out drinking with his Kabuki buddies late on the 25th and after a few hours, Ebizo broke off from the group and somehow ended up drinking with a bunch of Japanese "Bosouzoku" biker gang members (it should be noted though that Japanese bikers are pretty far removed from the western 1% biker lifestyle; Japanese bousouzoku bikers are more about wearing stupid looking overalls, puny bikes and bad hairstyles). Around early morning, he ended up getting beaten to a pulp by one (or several) of the members of this group, at least one of them "foreign looking", got home to his cute little Mao-chan, who called the ambulance and from there the media frenzy began.
Now in last days, some more details have started to emerge that seem to put a bit of a blemish on the whole story. Now some more additions to the story that Ebizo gave has started to leak out and it seems like he;
A) Bragged about how rich and successful he was and they weren't
B) Repeatedly pulled the hair of the gang leader
C) Poured a drink in the face of the same leader
D) Tried to make some of the group to drink tequila out of an ashtray (this is my personal favorite and I have made a mental note to try this at some company event)
Although these Japanese biker gangs usually are not hulking mountains of men like their Western biker counterparts, it's usually not advisable to pick a fight with them and particularly not if they outnumber you vastly. It would not be fair to say that Ebizo had it coming to him since the beating was quite brutal and the injuries to his face might impact his Kabuki career (which seem to be quite extraordinary if you're into that sorta thing), but it seems like he had a stroke of drunken "good ideas" during that night, the first mistake and biggest was probably to go drink with that gang, especially alone...
Now the police has issued an arrest warrant for the one who affected the beating and... ... ... it seems like the person in question is a "halfu" (a half-Japanese), with an African-American father and a Japanese mother. Perhaps I should fear for the safety of myself and my family in case a "halfu" witch hunt breaks out, or perhaps I could get better at intimidating people to do my bidding? It must all be in the genes after all?