Thank you for your question.
The ad campaign you are referring to is called "Dream Garage and the
actor Dale Ishimoto plays the elderly man based on Mr. Yutuka
Katayama, the 87-year-old former president of Nissan.
This $200 Million ad campaign for Nissan features actor Dale Ishimoto
playing the part of Mr.K or Yutaka Katayama. The commercial shows a
boy chasing a batted ball into a barn. A dog in the loft has retrieved
the ball. When the boy reaches for it, he tumbles down a shaft into a
mystical chamber. The man in the Datsun hat is there. "Welcome to my
garage," he says and shows the boy his collection of nearly 30 classic
Datsun and Nissan cars. Among them is the yellow 1972 Datsun 240Z
owned by Yutaka Katayama, who introduced Nissan cars to the United
States in 1958. "Any car can get you where you need to go," the man
says as the boy prepares to leave. "A special car gets you there with
a smile on your face. (..) The man, played by longtime Hollywood actor
Dale Ishimoto, will be a recurring character in the campaign. The ads
are being created by the agency TBWA Chiat/Day North America, based in
Another description of the commercial.
Mr. Nissan - Mysterious man with the terrier dog, glasses, baseball
cap and a big grin featured on a series of Nissan automobile TV
commercials in 1997. The mystic Mr. Nissan character was based on the
former Nissan president Yutaka Katayama who reportedly represented
"honor, integrity and fun." The 60-ish actor Dale Ishimoto who played
Mr. Nissan was born in Delta, Colorado and served as a veteran of the
US Army. Before playing Mr. Nissan, Ishimoto's acting credits included
parts on MCHALE'S NAVY, KUNG FU and other TV commercials.
As an image of the actor was not available I am including the link to
the movie download where you will be able to view the complete
commercial. I trust this movie where you can view Dale Ishimoto and
the dog is satisfactory.
The movie of the Dream Garage Commercial can be downloaded from this
page. Just choose television commercial to download the movie.
Dream Garage Ad Campaign
Nissan North America launched its "Life is a journey. Enjoy the Ride."
advertising campaign with a two minute television commercial at the
1996 Super Bowl. The spot featured a "Dream Garage" filled with
vintage Nissan vehicles and a mystical Japananese character loosely
based on Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. founder Yutaka Katayama. The
Dream Garage featured a number of Datsun Roadsters most notably a
silver 1967 Datsun Roadster 2000 which was featured prominently in the
I hope this provides you with the information you are seeking.