Ken Watanabe was born onOctober 21,1959, making him a Libra according to the zodiac. Libras are driven to build better relationships with the external world, loving social interaction and working within the confines of the law. They strive for peace and justice, often taking an analytical approach to understanding their environment and the people around them. Ken Watanabe exhibits all of these qualities and many more.
Ken Watanabe was born in Kobe, Japan, raised by his mother and aunt after his father passed away while he was still a young boy. Watanabe has described his early life as immersed in Japanese culture, particularly traditional Japanese theater, which inspired him throughout his life. Studying drama at Kunitachi College of Music, he went on to start his professional career with the Shochiku Company – one of the oldest theater companies in all of Japan – working in the Kabuki theater.
It was his time in theater that would give him the confidence to pursue his dreams. However, it is interesting to note his approach in doing so. Although he has an intrinsically ambitious drive, a trait shared by all Libras, his ambition is always balanced out by a tendency to strive toward the well-being of all those involved. Watanabe not only could apply the analytical approaches of the rational sign of Libra to understand his environment, but also to seek understanding of the relationships that were formed. It was this set of skills which allowed Watanabe to flourish in the theater world, taking on various roles and furthering his understanding with joy since, as beseems a Libra, he deeply appreciated the relationships and connections he made in this world.
Eventually, Watanabe recognized an opportunity to move away from theater to the world of film, joining a talent agency and booking high-profile roles. And it is in this medium where he made his mark. Watanabe has now made more than 60 films in the United States and Australia, including the highly acclaimed “The Last Samurai,” for which he was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy Award. His performance in this role in particular showcased Watanabe’s capabilities in using his own personal relationships and interpretive skills to create complex characters with psychologically accurate motivations. It also displayed his willingness to take on new roles this lead to many more film roles, including supporting roles in “Inception” and “Batman Begins.”
There is no doubt that Ken Watanabe is an inspirational leader who has managed to mix his ambitions with his understanding of relationships, a person with a keen sense of justice balance and fairness. Indeed, the traits of his zodiac sign Libra – ambition, analysis, understanding of relationships – could easily be seen in how he has navigated his path in life. Watanabe is a master of comprehending his environment and that of other people, creating strong relationships in the process that he can stand on as he moves forward. And in truly Libran fashion, it is this balanced mix of ambition and understanding which has been the foundation for his success.