Hidetoshi Nakata a talented former national Japanese soccer player with style to boot off the pitch. Nakata announced his retirement at age 29 on July 3, 2006 after a ten-year career that included seven seasons in the Italian Serie A and a season in the English Premier League. In March 2004,Pelé named Nakata in his FIFA 100, a list of the top living footballers at the time.
Why is he famous
Nakata replaced Kazuyoshi “Kazu” Miura as Japan’s golden boy of soccer in the late 1990s. He caught the attention of many with his innate ball skills and spiky orange hair in the 1998 World Cup.
What is he doing now
His tastes have evolved, too, extending from fashion to architecture, interior design and craftsmanship – “because that influences you a lot in your life”. All these experiences have come in handy for his latest mission. After travelling around the world, Mr Nakata is now rediscovering his native country. He’s spent the past few years scouring each of Japan’s 47 prefectures for their best arts, crafts, shrines, temples and ryokan (inns), starting in the far-flung southern islands of Okinawa and steadily working his way north. When we meet, he only has eight prefectures left to visit
Image Credits: Mr Porter, Zimbio.