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Maki Horikita: The Life and Career of the Japanese Actress and Former Junior Idol

Updated on March 16, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

A photo of Maki Horikita from 2006

Japanese Actress Maki Horikita seen here in 2006 as she is involved in a photo session for one of the gravure modeling channels.
Japanese Actress Maki Horikita seen here in 2006 as she is involved in a photo session for one of the gravure modeling channels.

Maki Horikita early on showed that she could succeed

Maki Horikita is a Japanese actress that used to be a former junior idol. Born in Tokyo on October 6 1988, Maki was signed to the Sweet Power talent agency at the age of 14. But before her acting career, Maki served as student council vice president in junior high school and also the vice-captain of the school’s basketball club. Maki has two younger sisters. She is an avid dancer. She has always been very active physically, playing baseball and basketball. She considers her mother to be her biggest role model. Her zodiac sign is that of Libra. Note: a junior idol is a Japanese gravure idol that is under the age of 18 or is not an adult yet. Serving as Student Council Vice President in her junior high school years, Maki showed her dedication and responsibility, something that would become and asset for her later in life.

Maki Horikita's Photo Books and Commercial Work

Maki has appeared in many photo books. Her debut photo book was released in 2005 and it is called Hikokigumo. As of this writing, her latest photo book release in 2008 is called S. This diverse actress has also appeared in commercials. In September 2010, Maki appeared in a commercial for Meta-Barrier NEO which is a health supplement. Maki stars as a reporter covering Japanese food culture at a tempura type of restaurant. In early 2011, Maki was chosen to be on the cover of Shonen Magazine. The photographer for the photo shoot was ND Chow and the event took place in Italy. Maki also appeared at a fashion show for the women’s magazine Spring. It was told that she was cute enough to deserve a kiss.

Maki Horikita's life changing project in Indonesia

In one of the kindest acts in her life, Maki traveled to Jakarta Indonesia to film a report for the program 24 Hour Television. One of the projects that was started was a sort of “mobile library” where it gave children a chance to look at Japanese picture books that have been translated into Indonesian. Maki herself is an avid reader. She helped out at a puppet show and even played some basketball with these kids. Maki mentioned that she saw how those children lived and found out that she could do something for them. She was really happy to see them smile. She has made a really positive impact in those children’s lives and I’m sure that they will never forget it.

Maki Horikita is beautiful even with short hair

A few significant movie roles for Maki Horikita and more commercial work

In one of the most significant moves in her acting career, she starred as the heroine Joan of Arc although she was nervous of the role at the time. In the first week that the play ran, there were 100,000 people who showed up for the play. The play would run through December 15th before 2010 would be over. In Berlin, Germany, Maki attended a press conference for the movie Byakuyako in which she was supposed to play an evil role. She appeared in Berlin at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. In April 2011, she starred in a drama about middle aged mothers that become pregnant. That drama is called Umareru. In November 2011, Maki starred in a drama called Umechan Sensei. The story takes place in Tokyo after World War 2 as the city is trying to reconstruct itself.

On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Maki was present at an event to promote NTT Docomo’s new Xi Smartphone. Maki was chosen to be the company’s CM character and said that she uses it to watch videos and to cook. Maki said that the product is so easy to use that she can browse the internet with it. The actress attended a commercial for the hair care brand Ichikami. In the commercial she is present with a French boy and Maki spoke French for the first time in her life. She received help on how to pronounce the words correctly. However, it is not known what she said. The 23 year old actress was set to star in the movie Always 3 after I first wrote about her life and career back in 2012. In 2013, Horikita starred in the movie ATARU: The First Love & The Last Kill.

Maki Horikita during the photo sessions for her first photo book in 2005

Maki Horikita is named as a host for the Kohaku Uta Gassen event in 2012

It was in 2012 that Horikita was chosen as one of the hosts for the popular singing contest called Kohaku Uta Gassen. The translation for this is the Red and White Singing Contest. There are two teams, the red team and the white team. Horikita took over for actress Mao Inoue who had been one of the hosts for the contest in 2011.

Photos of Maki Horikita from her photo book Shinkaron and NS Eyes Magazine

Maki Horikita from the magazine scan series called NS Eyes.
Maki Horikita from the magazine scan series called NS Eyes.
Maki Horikita eating a watermelon?
Maki Horikita eating a watermelon?

Photos of Maki Horikita at the Tokyo 2008 Fair

Actress Maki Horikita is in attendance at the Best Jewelry Wearer Awards Ceremony during the 19th International Jewelry Tokyo 2008 Fair.
Actress Maki Horikita is in attendance at the Best Jewelry Wearer Awards Ceremony during the 19th International Jewelry Tokyo 2008 Fair. | Source

Maki Horikita gets married in 2015

On August 22, 2015, Horikita announced that she had married actor Koji Yamamoto who was 38. Horikita says that she had met him while working six years prior. It was not until they were co-stars in the play Arashigaoka that she was able to learn about his personality. Horikita’s attraction to Koji started from there. There were thoughts of the two of them spending their lives together. As the relationship deepened, this is when she thought about marriage.

Maki Horikita plays the piano: Songs The Flea Waltz and Fur Elise

© 2016 Ara Vahanian


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