Fresh new faces: A list of Japanese young actresses worth watching for! [Part 1 of 3 Parts]

How do you categorize a fresh new face? Well, it’s hard to do that since some talents may have done movies or drama already in their young acting career but failed to be “on the radar” so to speak. These “under the radar” talents may only apply to us – those outside Japan since the locals would probably know them already (the term household name applies). Be that as it may, we’re selecting a few names that appeared in the Hustle Press features of fresh, young Japanese talents. In time, we’ll be seeing them getting major roles and it maybe sooner than later. 

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Karen Otomo (大友花恋) – with bit parts in Koinaka and Omukae Death, and less than five movies to her credit, Otomo takes the lead in the youth-sports-drama Kakashi to Racket with Yuna Taira. She’s also an exclusive Seventeen model, according to her agency, Ken-On.


Yuina Taira (left) with Otomo (right) in the movie Kakashi to Racket (案山子とラケット 亜季と珠子の夏休み) about two youngsters struggling to find a place to become soft tennis players. 

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Ririka Kawashima is a child actress and is trying to make a name for herself as a young dramatic talent. She appeared in few dramas including xxxHolic, and other WOWOW shows like Kenja no Ai and Kagi no nai Yume wo Miru. Ririka is managed by Sweet Power.

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Her name is Rikako Yagi and is the winner of The Next Asia Cross modeling contest. Yes, she’s that young girl in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Yuina Kuroshima starrer).

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She was paired with Taishi Nakagawa in the latest adaptation of Minami kun no Koibito: My Little Lover (previously the drama stars Ninomiya Kazunari and Kyoko Fukada). Maika Yamamoto is also part of the ensemble cast for The Magnificent Nine (Eita, Satoshi Tsumabuki).

For more information and interview details of these actresses, you can visit the Hustle Press website.

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