In July 2016 there was a Japanese TV commercial on television that has captured our hearts because the lady in it exudes such a pretty girl-next-door vibe! Do you know the Japanese actress who shows us how beautiful she looks when she dons a yukata in this new commercial?
Erika Sawajiri gained popularity for starring as the main character in Japanese drama 1 Litre no Namida (1リットルの涙 – 1 Litre of Tears). In the drama series, she portrays a girl who has an incurable degenerative disease named spinocerebellar degeneration, which means the cerebellum (an important part of the brain) gradually deteriorates. Eventually, the victim will no longer be able to speak, walk, write, or eat.
The drama series is based on the real-life story of a girl named Aya (亜也). Erika Sawajiri may look pure Japanese, but while her father is Japanese, her mother is an Algerian-born French woman! Other than acting, Erika Sawajiri also is a talented singer, and she initially debuted under the alias Kaoru Amane (雨音薫).
The commercial featuring Erika Sawajiri promotes Horoyoi (ほろよい), which is a brand by Suntory. With a 3% alcohol content, Horoyoi is a mild alcoholic beverage. It is a Chu-Hi drink that is described as having a gentle texture and sweet taste, and it is available in a variety of flavors. As the theme of the commercial is “Horoyoi Erika in the summer” Erika Sawajiri can be seen wearing a yukata, which is casual kimono-like garment commonly worn during the summer in Japan. You can often spot people wearing the yukata during summer events like bon odori festivals and hanabi (fireworks).
According to Erika Sawajiri she truly enjoyed the shoot as it is something different from what she usually does. She usually enjoys the summer with barbecue and fireworks. As she loves the outdoors, she said that she feels the need to go out and get closer to nature this year.
Despite hitting the big 3-0 this year, Erika Sawajiri still amazes us with her youthful glow! You can see it for yourself by checking out the commercial below!