Former Nippon Ham outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo, 36, announced the release of his new fragrance “LHSF” this week and also announced he had bought a racehorse. Wearing a black suit, red shoes and a red and black scarf, he said: “Let’s drop the formality that accompanies most usual press announcements.”
Shinjo said he was involved in the year-long development of “LHSF,” which stands for “Let’s Have Some Fun!” He said it was made to resemble the smell of a 10-yen gum he used to love when he was in kindergarten.
Shinjo said he became interested in paintings after appearing on a TV program recently, and ended up buying a horse at an auction in Hokkaido so that he could take time to paint it. The dark brown racehorse sold for two million yen.
Shinjo then went on to name his new horse at the press event. He tilted his head and after five seconds said: “Tanoshinjoy,” which he explained comes from “tanoshii,” “Shinjo” and “joy.” If his application to race the horse is approved, he will enter it in competition as early as next May.