Bertel, on one of his first trips to China, was scheduled to change
planes in Osaka. A typhoon changed plans. Instead of Osaka, it was
Tokyo. Bertel staid overnight at the Park Hyatt, the hotel where
they just had shot “Lost in Translation.”
And there Bertel met Tomoko, Tomoko met Bertel. They fell in love.
Didn’t want to realize it first, too far apart in many ways than
one. But there was a magnetic force, it repelled and attracted at
the same time. Bertel never ever flew through Osaka again. They
met, they traveled. Despite being worlds apart in language,
heritage, and culture, Tomoko and Bertel had many things in common.
Both worked in the advertising and design business. Both love beauty
and elegance. Both love the sea. Distances, times apart could not
break their relationship, they just made it stronger.
Two years after they had met, on August 18th 2006, Tomoko
and Bertel performed a low key civil wedding at the ward office
right next to Tomoko’s parents’ house. On October 21st
2006 followed the formal wedding at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.