On December 15th, it was announced that SMAP’s Katori Shingo (34)’s female persona, “Shingo Mama”, will return to the small screen after 3 years. Shingo Mama is returning via the upcoming Fuji TV program “Oja Map” (Wednesday, 7 P.M. JST) which will begin its broadcast in January of 2012.
This is a program that Katori, along with Yamazaki Hironari of Untouchable, will take on as a host for this show and will also star in a ‘Kichatta (I’ve Arrived)’ campaign as a part of the promotional event.
Although “Shingo Mama” made her final appearance at May 2009’s broadcast of SMAP’s long-running program “SMAP X SMAP Special”, there have been a lot of support to bring back Katori’s character. The support was increased up a notch after Shingo Mama made an appearance at last month’s SMAP’s 20th Anniversary Fan Event at Tokyo Dome.
In response to this, Shingo Mama revealed, “I started to think ‘I could do it!’ but it proceeded rapidly from there.” In the end, Katori promised to “absolutely appear on ‘Oja Map’!” which sealed the deal.
In the meantime, check out Shingo Mama’s PV, “Shingo Mama no Oha Rock” back from August 2000 below!