Ai Hashimoto shows her “mother’s face” at a park in the morning. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Ai Hashimoto shows her “mother’s face” at a park in the morning.

In the new drama, she plays a "mysterious governess" in a Mary Poppins-style costume.

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The rainy season had just been announced in early June. In a park in Tokyo, a location shooting of “Tutor Traco” (NTV) was taking place in the morning. The girl acting in tears and leaning in close with a cool expression on her face is Ai Hashimoto (26), who plays the lead in this drama.

Between takes, Hashimoto happily converses with those around her. However, just before the cameras rolled, she was meditating, perhaps to unify her mind.

Under a slightly chilly sky, Hashimoto sits alone on a bench in a plaza and seems to be talking to a girl. He smiled at her for a moment, stood up slowly, and began to talk about something. The girl stopped crying and listened to his words.

Seven years ago, at the age of 19, Hashimoto had stated on a TV program that she wanted to get married by age 30 because she wanted to have at least three children. The scene showed a gentle expression on her face, reminiscent of her love for children.

She is not extremely beautiful, and she is not mysterious, but she has a mysterious atmosphere and charm that is unique to her. If you put her in a movie, there must be an expectation that she will perform differently from other actresses. Her agency is also a powerful place, but it is completely her ability that has brought her this far. I am sure that she will continue to receive offers for dramas and movies.” (Entertainment reporter Takayuki Jyoshita)

In the new drama, Hashimoto plays a legendary tutor with a 100% pass rate. This tutor actually teaches her not only about studying but also about the realities of the world and how to spend money. We can expect to see a different side of Hashimoto, not just the “motherly” side that she plays as a child actor.

Ai Hashimoto, who wants to be married by the age of 30, shows her motherly side to her child actor partner.
Ai Hashimoto “I want to get married by the time I’m 30,” shows her mother’s face to a child actor.
Ai Hashimoto “I want to get married by the time I’m 30, and she showed her mother’s face to her child actor partner.

From the July 22, 2022 issue of FRIDAY

  • Photo by Yusuke Kondo

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