Shingo Katori

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Shingo Katori
Native name
香取 慎吾
Born (1977-01-31) January 31, 1977 (age 42)
Yokohama, Japan
OccupationSinger, actor, television host, artist
Years active1987–present
Musical career
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1988-present
LabelsVictor Entertainment
Associated actsSMAP atarashiichizu

Shingo Katori (香取 慎吾, Katori Shingo, born 31 January 1977) is a Japanese actor, singer, television host, radio personality. He was the youngest member of SMAP, the best-selling boy band in Asia.[1] After the group's disbandment on 31 December 2016, Katori has been pursuing his solo career. He left Johnny & Associates on 9 September 2017,[2] together with two other SMAP members, Goro Inagaki and Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and entered CULEN, a Japanese talent agency.[3] On 22 September 2017, they launched a new project, “atarashiichizu” ("新しい地図", meaning "New Map") as their common fan site, supported by various Japanese leading creators.[4] Since then, Katori has been extending his activities also into artistic fields.

Early life[edit]

Katori was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa and moved to Tokyo to pursue his career. He has one younger brother.



In 1987, at age 10, Katori auditioned to enter Johnny & Associates, a Japanese talent agency that recruits and trains young boys, preteens to teens, to become singers and members of boy bands. After five of the other band members auditioning individually from 1986 through 1987, in autumn 1987, twenty boys, from ages ten to seventeen, were put together into a group called The Skate Boys, which was initially created as backup dancers for a famous boy band, Hikaru Genji.[5] In April 1988, producer Johnny Kitagawa chose six out of the twenty boys to create a new boy band and named them "SMAP".[6]


In 1988, he made his acting debut in a television series, Abunai Shonen III, along with his band members. After several supporting roles, in 1996, he landed his first major role in a drama television series, Tomei Ningen, which became a massive success. He has also starred in many high-rated television series, such as Hito ni Yasashiku (2002), Saiyuki (2006), and Bara no nai Hanaya (2008). In 2004, he starred in NHK's Taiga drama, Shinsengumi!. He is also a member of the Mitani Crew, a core group of actors that Japanese playwright Kōki Mitani tends to use in his work.

Shingo Mama[edit]

From October 1998, Nakai and Katori launched their own variety program, SataSma, which was created and aimed towards younger viewers and families. Katori starred in a segment titled, "Shingo Mama's Secret Breakfast", where Katori would cross-dress into a character called, "Shingo Mama", and visit houses to cook breakfast for children instead of their mother, allowing her to sleep in and rest in the morning. Katori started to used the phrase, "Ohha", a pun for "Ohayo", meaning "good morning" during the segment as his trademark phrase, which soon became a popular word used among children. Shingo Mama, the lovable character Katori played, and the phrase "Ohha", became a social phenomenon. As a result, SMAP incidentally brought in kindergartners and preteens to their fan base.

On August 16, 2000, Katori released a single, "Shingo Mama's Oha Rock", as Shingo Mama, which reached number one on the charts with over 1,200,000 physical copies sold and became a social phenomenon. In December 2000, the trademark phrase "Ohha", used by Katori, won the Ryukougo Taisho, an annual traditional event of announcing words that describes that year. From 2000-2001, Shingo Mama promoted the use of Ohha as part of a Ministry of Education campaign to encourage family communication.[7]


"I’ve always loved painting for as long as I can remember," he said in an interview in his first book of illustration collection.[8] He thinks he came to like painting because of the family background (his further was an art dealer). Katori displayed his artistic talent also at SMAP’s concerts. He became in charge for staging of the concert tours, beginning from “super.modern.artistic.performance” (2008) through “We are SMAP” (2010) and “Gift of SMAP” (2012) until “Mr. S – saikou de saikou no CONCERT TOUR” (2014).[9]

Katori has been creating and engaged in various artworks and projects:

  • Painting on Tsugaru Railway’s train car (1997). As a special project in the SMAP’s long-run television variety show, “SMAPxSMAP”, Katori painted a train car together with local children. After the car ended its service in 2000, it was kept at Kanagi Station for the purpose of exhibition, then moved to Kase Station. In 2017, 20 years after the painting was made, Katori visited the Kase Station again in a TV show (“Oja MAP!!”) in order to restore the work. The car is now one of the touristic attractions in the region and visited by Katori’s fans.[10]
  • Shingo no Itazura,[8] an illustration collection book (1998), contains pictures published on magazine Wink Up and some new works created for this book.
  • SNAP NO SHINGO,[11] a photo diary for the period of one year from 16 October 2004 until 15 October 2005. The pictures were originally taken for “SmaTIMES” weekly paper published by a TV news variety show “SmaSTATION”.
  • Painting “Takarabako” (“Treasure Box“, 2011). Appointed as an ambassador for a Cirque du Soleil show called “Kooza” in Japan, he painted a picture on a large canvas (1,800 x 1,500 mm), featuring characters and contents of the show. The painting was exhibited in the foyer during the Kooza’s performance in Japan.[12]
  • Artwork “Kûsô Tamago” (“Fantasy Egg”, 2014). After successful mission for "Kooza", Katori was again appointed as an ambassador for the next Cirque du Soleil"s performance in Japan, “OVO” and created an artwork featuring its motive “ovo”, which means an “egg” in Portuguese. The artwork accompanied the show around Japan.[13]
  • Fashion Photo Book Fuku Baka Shifukubon [14] (roughly “a book of happiest private wardrobe of a fashion freak”, 2014). A photo book featuring Katori, known as a fashion freak, in his private clothes, coordinated by a noted fashion stylist, Tomoki Sukezane. For this book, Katori’s private wardrobe was transported from his flat to the photo studio by two 2-ton trucks. The estimated total value of the “collection” built-up over 15 years was 200 million Yen.[15]
  • Art Exhibition "Museum of Together" held by The Nippon Foundation, at Aoyama Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan for 13–31 October 2017. With other 22 artists, Katori joined in the exhibition with his two paintings, "Hinotori" ("Fire Bird", 2014) and "Isoge mada maniau" ("Hurry Up, We Are Going to Be on Time", 2010). It was his first participation in an art exhibition.[16]
  • A special exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cartier’s icon watch TANK, at Cartier in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan for 28 October – 26 November 2017. Inspired by the legendary timepiece of the French luxury brand, Katori created a painting and an art work.[17]
  • Graffiti in Hong Kong, at the corner of Hollywood Road and Shalley Street, Old Town Central, unveiled on 27 March 2018. Requested by Hong Kong Tourism Board, a government-subvented body, Katori completed the graffiti on a 4.5m-high and 6m-wide wall beside the Mid-Levels Escalator within 18 hours. As the project was to be kept confidential, he worked with the covered wall for 3 continuous nights from midnight until 6 a.m.[18]
  • Exhibition “NAKAMA de ART” at the Imperial Hotel Plaza, Tokyo, Japan for 24 May – 24 June 2018. Together with 13 emerging artists he selected, Katori organized an art gallery under the name of “NAKAMA de ART”. A literal translation of “nakama” is “buddy” or “mate”, so the exhibition title could roughly mean “Let’s do art together”.[19]
  • Car Wrapping on BMW X2 (2018). Appointed as a “Brand Friend” of a BMW’s SUV model X2, Katori was featured in its concept movie (a part of which was streamed also as TV advertisement later) and designed the car wrapping. The wrapped vehicle was exhibited at some special events.[20]
  • Fashion Brand and Permanent Pop-up Shop “jantje_ontembaar”. Together with a noted stylist Tomoki Sukezane who knows Katori over 20 years, Katori started-up a fashion brand and opened its own boutique at the Imperial Hotel Plaza under concept “Permanent Pop-up Shop”, meaning “a shop with ever changing contents for an unlimited period of time”. The brand collaborates with well-respected manufacturers such as Sanyo Coat (by Sanyo Shokai), MINEDENIM and Borsalino. The brand name “jantje_ontembaar” comes from Dutch words “jantje” and “ontembaar” which are said to be origins of Japanese words “yancha” and “otenba”, naughty boy and girl. With that, Katori and Sukezane want to encourage people to keep a heart of a child and think out-of-the-box.[21]
  • Exhibition "NAKAMA des ARTS“ in Hall Charles V in the Louvre Museum (Carrousel du Louvre), Paris, France for 19 September – 3 October 2018. Katori's first solo exhibition occurred within the framework of Japonismes 2018, a cultural festival organized by France and Japan in order to celebrate the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relation between the both countries.[22][23]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Shoot! Toshihiko Tanaka
1997 Touch & Maggie Ryoichi Shibata
2000 Juvenile Soichiro
2001 Minna no Ie Priest Cameo appearance
2004 NinxNin Ninjya Hattori-kun Kanzo Hattori Lead role
2005 Shark Tale Oscar (voice) Japanese dubbed version
2006 The Uchōten Hotel Kenji Tadano
2007 Saiyuki Songoku Lead role
Sukiyaki Western Django Rich Cameo appearance
Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki Naki (voice)
Strings Ghrak (voice) Japanese dubbed version
2008 The Magic Hour Kenji Tadano Cameo appearance
2010 Zatoichi: The Last Zatoichi Lead role
2011 Kochi Kame The Movie Kankichi Ryoutsu Lead role
2012 Love Masao-kun ga Iku Hideki Matsumoto Lead role
Odoru Daisosasen The Final Tomonori Kuse
2013 Human Trust M
2015 Galaxy Turnpike Noa Lead role
2018 Kuso-yarō to Utsukushiki Sekai Lead role
2019 Nagimachi Lead role

Television (as actor)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988-1989 Abunai Shonen III Himself Main role
1989 Jikan desuyo Heisei Gannen
1990 Madonna wa Harukaze ni Notte
1992 Ude ni Oboeari Rinnosuke Hiranuma
1993 Onegai Demon Shuhei Takahashi
1994-1995 Akazukin Chacha Riya (voice)
1994 Samurai Spirits Haomaru (voice)
1995 For You Sora Sawaki
Sasho Taeko Saigo no Jiken Koji Taniguchi
Miseinen Jin Murooka
1996 Tomei Ningen Hanzo Hasegawa Main role
Ajiichimonme Guest appearance
Doku Doku Main role
1997 Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito Kohei Osawa Main role
Boku ga Boku de Arutame ni Satoshi Ozu Main role
1998 Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari Sakamoto Main role
Koi wa Aserazu Ryo Hasebe
1999 Furuhata Ninzaburo vs SMAP Himself Main role
Yomigaeru Kinro Tetsuya Asakura Main role
2000 Aikotoba wa Yuki Tadashi Oyama
Kochi Kame Shingo Mama (voice) Guest appearance
2001 Ohha wa Sekai wo Sukuu Himself Main role
Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari Ichiro Tadano Main role
Love Story Kyoji Nabetomo
Star no Koi Iori Koda Guest appearance; episode 11
2002 Hito ni Yasashiku Zen Maeda Main role
Ao ni Koishite Hidehito Imada Main role
2002-2003 HR Shingo Todoroki Main role
2003 Astro Boy Robot (voice) Guest appearance
2004 Shinsengumi Isami Kondo Main role
X'smap Otto Main role
2006 Saiyuuki Songoku Main role
2007 Galileo Shoichi Tagami Guest appearance; episode 4
Chibi Maruko-chan Shingo / Kengo (voice) Guest appearance
2008 Bara no nai Hanaya Eiji Shiomi Main role
2009 Kurobe no Taiyo Hitoshi Kuramatsu Main role
Mr. Brain Man in airplane Guest appearance; episode 8
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo Kankichi Ryoutsu Main role
2010 Dokutomato Satsujin Jiken Himself Main role
2011 Shiawase ni Narouyo Jyunpei Takakura Main role
Ikemen desu ne Himself Cameo appearance; episode 6
2012 Monsters Heihachi Hirazuka Main role
2013 Kasukana Kanojyo Akatsuki Kamiyama Main role
Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari Naoya Yunomoto Main role
Furuhata vs SMAP The Aftermath Himself Main role
2014 Smoking Gun Enishi Nagareta Main role
Oretachi ni Asu wa Aru Himself Main role
Sazae-san Himself (voice) Guest appearance; episode 7148
2015 Issencho-yen no Minoshirokin Naoto Hiraoka Main role
2016 Kazoku no Katachi Daisuke Nagasato Main role
Stranger Akira Misugi Main role

Television (as personality)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994-2014 Waratte Iitomo Himself
1994-1995 Yo Taisho Mikke Himself
1996-1997 Katori Shingo’s Asia no Mikata Himself (host)
1996–present SMAPxSMAP Himself (host, chef, performer)
1997-2008 Katori Shingo’s Tensei Shingo Himself (host)
1998-2001 Sata Sma Himself (host)
1999 Shonen Zuno Katori 1999 Himself (host)
1999-2001 Heisei Nihon no Yofuke Himself
2001–2017 SmaSTATION!! Himself (host)
Ura Sma Himself (host)
2002 Deli Sma Himself (host)
2002–present Kaso Taisho Himself (host) TV special; 15 episodes
2003 Smao Himself (host)
2005 24 Hour Television Himself (host) Telethon
2007 27 Hour Television Himself Guest appearance
2007–present Baby Smap Himself (host)
2010 Sports Crisis Himself (host) TV special; 1 episode
2012–present OjyaMAP Himself (host)
2012–present MaroMaro Ishoukenmei Himself TV special; 3 episodes
2014–present SmaShip Himself (host) TV special; 2 episodes
2015-2016 NHK Nodojiman Himself (host) TV special; 6 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1992–present Ohayo SMAP Himself
1995–present SMAP Power Splash Himself


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Saint Seiya Andoromeda Shun Lead role
1992 Dragon Quest Lead role
1993 Another Lead role
1994 Kaidan Nise Sarayashiki
2009 Talk Like Singing Lead role
2014 Ocean's Eleven Danny Ocean Lead role
2015 burst! Lead role
2018 Nihon no Rekishi


As "Shingo Mama"

Release date Title Charts Certification
August 18, 2000 "Shingo Mama's Oha Rock" 1
  • JPN: Diamond

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
1995 33rd Galaxy Awards Best Supporting Actor Sasho Taeko Won
1995 7th The Television Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Miseinen Won
1996 11th The Television Academy Award Best Actor Doku Won
2000 17th Shingo Ryukogo Taisho Word Of The Year Ohha Won
2000 8th Hashida Sugako Award Hashida Award Shingo Katori and Shingo Mama Won
2000 26th The Television Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Aikotoba wa Yuki Won
2001 29th The Television Academy Award Best Supporting Actor Love Story Won
2002 32nd The Television Academy Award Best Actor Hito ni Yasashiku Won
2005 43rd The Television Academy Award Best Actor Shinsengumi Won


  • Shingo no Itazura (December 1998) ISBN 978-4847025136
  • DIET SHINGO (September 5, 2003) ISBN 978-4838714698
  • SNAP NO SHINGO (October 13, 2006) ISBN 978-4334901325
  • Fuku Baka Shifukubon (January 31, 2014) ISBN 978-4087807042
  • Shingo Jiten SD SHINGO DICTIONARY VOLUME 1 (July 28, 2015) ISBN 978-4093965323


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