On February 5th, stage actor Saotome Taichi (20) and model Nishiyama Maki (26) returned to Japan together from their trip to Hawaii. The couple was very open about their relationship, holding hands until they left the airport.
Saotome wore a hood over his head to hide himself from reporters, while Nishiyama covered her face with a mask. Nishiyama was also seen wearing a ring on her left ring finger.
As reporters approached the couple, they asked, “Is it true you two are dating?“. Saotome admitted to their relationship saying, “Yes.” However, when asked about marriage, he quickly answered, “No.”
Reporters also asked the couple if they enjoyed the shopping and the beaches in Hawaii. To this, Saotome replied, “Yes.”
After going through the arrival gate, the couple was welcomed by 2 men from their agencies and immediately left the airport.
According to sources, Saotome and Nishiyama met through a mutual friend, and started dating sometime last year. Recently, Nishiyama has been seen attending Saotome’s stage performances, and on their days off, the two spend time together going on dates.
Since the couple was spotted returning from a trip, sources say that they have a fairly close relationship. Saotome’s agency also acknowledged the relationship saying, “They’re not going to get married yet, but they have a good relationship.”
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4