This is Anne, Ken Watanabe’s daughter. She’s a fashion model which is normally something I don’t really care about. But she’s also one of the more public faces of the latest Japanese subculture, the reki-jo or “history girls.”
The reki-jo are female otaku who study up on their favorite period of Japanese history focusing on samurai culture. The Shinsengumi, the elite police force of the last Shogun, are a popular group of study.
NPR has a great piece on the reki-jo and what they mean for Japanese pop culture. I’m hoping that these “history girls” can spread their influence to Western otaku cause honestly, the anime con cosplay could use some classing up.