Actress Naomi Kawashima, 50, and her husband, patissier Toshihiko Yoroizuka, 46, are the recipients of this year’s “Best Family Award,” which is given to celebrities who project a warm family image.
The award is given by insurance company IRRC Corp as part of its “My family is the best! My family’s photo contest” campaign.
Next week, Kawashima is going to host a Ginza charity event for the tsunami-hit Tohoku region.
Kawashima and her husband have already visited the area a number of times this year. In early summer, they went with eight patissier from Tokyo to bake cakes and other sweets for evacuees in several shelters in Iwate Prefecture.
Kawashima had not been to the area since 1987, when she visited to film a television series. “It was such a beautiful place. But now it’s like a completely different world,” she said.