A writer from Rocketnews24 goes interviewing in Harajuku to find out which 48-group faces are well-liked by foreigners.
50 foreigners in Harajuku were shown official pictures of several 48group members and asked to pick 1 whom they liked. Amongst the choices are the top girls from this year’s general elections, namely Watanabe Mayu, Sashihara Rino, Kashiwagi Yuki, Matsui Jurina, Matsui Rena, Yamamoto Sayaka, Shimazaki Haruka, Kojima Haruna and the writer’s oshimen Yamada Nana.
What’s interesting here is, Kojima Haruna, often known the beauty in AKB48 ranked bottom, alongside Kashiwagi Yuki and Matsui Rena. Perhaps their colored hair was a put-off? When the foreigners were asked whether they think Kojima Haruna is cute, they replied with “somehow i don’t like her..”
First place went surprisingly went to Yamamoto Sayaka, who placed 6th in this year’s general elections. “Her black hair, compact nose, mesmerizing eyes, and pitiful look makes her look cute,” said one voter. Another person complimented her for her smile.
Sashihara Rino received her fair share of compliments and critiques. “She looks kind,” says one. However, another commented that she looked “unhappy about something”.
Ranking as follows:
1st：Yamamoto Sayaka(19 votes)
2nd：Watanabe Mayu(9 votes)
3rd：Yamada Nana(7 votes)
4th：Shimazaki Haruka(6 votes)
5th：Sashihara Rino(4 votes)
6th：Matsui Jurina(2 votes)
7th：Kashiwagi Yuki/Matsui Rena/Kojima Haruna(1 vote)