Archive for August, 2010


August 3, 2010

As I said in my last post, “cute” is king in Japan, to the point where many adult women adopt exaggeratedly squeaky voices and childish mannerisms in attempts at being cute.  The results can be cringe-inducing. But it’s not all bad.  Some people manage genuine cuteness.  And some do it really well.

Prime example:  Maki Horikita (堀北真希, Horikita Maki).

This video doesn’t demonstrate it, but she uses a natural speaking voice, which wins extra credit in my book.