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All About Japanese Actress Kanna Arihara

Updated on August 6, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Kanna Arihara is seen here at a release event for her only solo photo book called Kanna.
Kanna Arihara is seen here at a release event for her only solo photo book called Kanna. | Source

Of many of the celebrities in Japan’s entertainment industry, one person that may be forgotten is Kanna Arihara, a former member of the now disbanded girl group C-ute. Arihara resigned from the group back in 2009 due to a controversy which I explained about in my initial article about the career of the girl group C-ute. I decided to write about Arihara because there was a desire to let people around the world know that although C-ute is no longer performing as a group, their influence is still present.

So who is Kanna Arihara? Here is a look at her life and career. She started her career primarily as a singer but she gradually got acting and modeling roles. The earliest stages of Arihara’s career go all the way back to 2004 when she was able to join Hello! Project after passing the audition for something called Hello Pro Egg, now known as Hello Pro Trainee.

What Is Hello Pro Trainee?

Since this is a complex kind of thing for people in Western countries to try and grasp, attempts will be made to explain this as simply as possible. Members of Hello Pro Trainee are young girls that are selected through the audition process or young girls added specifically by the man known as Tsunku. These girls are receiving dance and vocal lessons with the goal of one day being able to make their debut as full time idols within Hello! Project.

Kanna Arihara Joins the Girl Group C-ute and Becomes an Indoor Soccer Player as Well

But it would not be until 2006 that Arihara would eventually join the girl group called C-ute. In February of that year, she joined an indoor soccer team known as Little Gatas which consisted of members from the groups Berryz Koubou and the mentioned C-ute. Arihara would then transfer to Gatas Brilhantes H.P. which is another indoor soccer team but her role would be reduced to that of playing as a reserve member. It would be on January 22, 2009 that Arihara would leave Gatas Brilhantes H.P. (Note: H.P. is short for Hello! Project).

With Airi Suzuki (right) sometime in 2018.
With Airi Suzuki (right) sometime in 2018.
Kanna Arihara seen here during the photo session for the single called Sakura Chirari or cherry blossoms scattering.
Kanna Arihara seen here during the photo session for the single called Sakura Chirari or cherry blossoms scattering.

After basically going on a hiatus after the scandal forced her to resign from C-ute in 2009, Arihara made her return to the public eye as former member Erika Umeda revealed on her blog that she and Arihara were still in contact with each other.

Kanna Arihara Solo Singing Lines

Kanna Arihara (left) is seen here with former Morning Musume member Aika Mitsui in 2009.
Kanna Arihara (left) is seen here with former Morning Musume member Aika Mitsui in 2009.

A Brief Look At Some of Kanna Arihara's Acting Roles

In June 2010, Arihara signed on under the agency of Blue Rose with the intention of becoming a stage actress. It was at this point in her career that she simply went by the stage name of Kanna. From January 6th through January 11th of 2016, Arihara starred in a stage play called Quantum Dolls and her co-star in that play was Massa Sudo, one of the former members of the girl group Berryz Koubou. At the end of that month, Arihara chose to end her contract with Blue Rose. On March 18, 2016, she joined the agency Toki Entertainment. 2017 was a very busy year for Arihara as she starred in various plays including a lead role as a female character in the play Good and Evil which also happened to be the 3rd such play in something called the “Tribe” series. This busy year of 2017 was concluded by appearances in two other plays and these were Reality Not Realistic and Serpent Sub-Species.

A few interesting facts about Kanna Arihara

  • Kanna has said that the member in all of Hello! Project that she respects the most is Mari Yaguchi.
  • She was named after her mother’s favorite flower called the canna.
  • She has a Yorkshire terrier with the name of Cocoa.

© 2020 Ara Vahanian

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