The Japanese Kawai culture is at a level of its own. There is a skyrocketing demand for models and actresses with cute and childlike features. There is even a highly paying hotline industry where people pay money by the hour to speak to girls with such features. With such a peculiar industry being exclusive to Japan, it is only obvious that actresses with youthful faces would rise in the ranks of popularity among local and international audiences. These actresses are sometimes considered the sweethearts of Japan. Without any further ado, here is a list we have compiled of the Top 10 Most Innocent Faces Of Japan.
1. Shoko Nakagawa
A popular Japanese media personality, Shoko Nakagawa is best known as the Pokemon Sunday presenter. Her cover of the song Kaze to Issho ni by Kobayashi was used as the theme music to the film Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. She has also featured in Norton AntiVirus commercials.
2. Mariko Shinoda
Mariko was previously a member of the Japanese pop idol group AKB48. After being disqualified after her first audition, she began work at the AKB48 theatre cafe where patrons, after hearing of her failure, started submitting her name for the weekly performer polls on hand-written ballots. She was finally selected and even became captain of Team A.
3. Horikita Maki
Maki Horikita was born in October 6, 1988. She is a Japanese actress who has starred in several Japanese dramas and movies, including roles in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Nobuta wo Produce, and Umechan Sensei among others. Her television commercials for Lotte and Fujifilm earned her the title of one of Japan's top endorsers by Nihon Monitor.
4. Aya Hirano
Celebrated voice actor Aya Hirano has voiced several notable anime characters like Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail and Misa Amane of Death Note. She has starred in television and stage plays like Muse no Kagami and Konna no Idol Janain!?. She also has a record label contract with Universal Sigma.
5. Satomi Sato
Satomi Sato is a Japanese singer and voice actor, best known for her roles as Ritsu Tainaka of K-On!, Chitanda of Hyouka, and Wendy Marvell of Fairy Tail. Her name Sato stands for Sugar in Japanese, and this sweet actress really does live up to her name in the industry.
6. Sayumi Michishige
Sayumi is the former leader of the J-Pop girls idol group Morning Musume. She was also a part of the Hello! Project unit Ecomoni, where she calls herself the cutest member of Morning Musume and joked that her cuteness overpowers her terrible singing voice. Fans were quick to disagree on the latter though.
7. Miyazawa Sae
This former Japanese idol group member has starred in several stage productions and dramas like Dr. Nurse Aid and Wings of Kuzariana. Fondly referred to as Sai-chan by adoring fans, she was voted as the AKB48 member most likely to play male roles due to her tomboyish charms.
8. Kiriko Takemura
Professionally referred to as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, this celebrated pop singer has reached international acclaim with all her singles having over 2.2 million track downloads. She also has an autobiography titled Oh! My God!! Harajuku Girl and has visited Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, UK, USA, Belgium, France, and Hong Kong for her debut tour 100% KPP World Tour.
9. Yuko Ogura
This cute actress was formerly a gravure model who frequently joked that she was Princess Apple-Momoka of the planet Korin, which was an inside joke in her middle school days. Ogura became popular internationally and was dubbed by the Thailand version of FHM magazine as one of the 7 most irresistibly cute Japanese idols in 2010
10. Chise Nakamura
Chise Nakamura is a former gravure model of Japan's Kawai culture. She was born on September 11, 1986. She has also starred in several dramas as Matsushiro Hikaru in Mei-chan no Shitsuji and Natsuki Mamiya or Ranger Yellow in GoGo Sentai Boukenger. She is also a voice actor in popular animes like Penguin Musume Heart, Dragonaut -The Resonance, and Shikabane Hime.