Japanese actress and singer who became known for playing the role of a girl suffering from spinocerebellar degeneration on the television drama 1 Litre of Tears.
She worked at her family's Mediterranean restaurant before beginning her modeling career in 1999.
She spent six months in Spain studying graphic design.
She was married to Tsuyoshi Takashiro from 2009 to 2010.
She and Aoi Miyazaki both had careers as Japanese actresses.