Most famous as you half a Japanese comedy duo referred to as Downtown, he also directed and appeared inside a Cannes Film Festival piece titled Big Man Japan. As a kid, he imagined learning to be a manga designer. His aspirations transformed, nevertheless, when he and his humor partner, Masatoshi Hamada, founded their Downtown duo in 1983. He performed the lead part in the acclaimed 2009 film, Mark. He and his wife, tv sponsor Rin Ihara, welcomed a girl in past due 2009. He and fellow comedian Higashi Sonomanma both got successful professions in Japan.