Does the name Kanna Hashimoto ring a bell? Last November, photos of the “once-in-a-thousand-year” idol from the Fukuoka-based idol group Rev. From DVL were an online sensation, capturing the hearts of thousands of Japanese netizens overnight with her angelic looks.
A year later, the name Kanna Hashimoto popped up again on Japanese forums, though this time the spotlight is not on Kanna, but on JingYi Ju from SNH48, the Shanghai-based sister group of Japan’s biggest idol girl group, AKB48. Internet users have been raving that JingYi looks exactly like, if not even prettier than Kanna, and have even gone to the extent to hail her as a “once-in-four-thousand-year” gem of the entertainment industry. If, even for a fleeting moment, you thought that was a photo of Kanna Hashimoto, you need to take a closer look at this SNH48 cutie after the jump!
JingYi Ju, made her official debut in November 2013 as a member of Team N of SNH48. She placed fourth in the 2014 SNH48 General Elections, in which members of the group are placed according to the number of votes garnered from fans. Here’s a concise profile of the budding superstar:
Name: 鞠婧祎 Ju JingYi
Nicknames: Xiao Ju, Kiku-chan, etc.
Date of birth: 18 June 1994
Hometown: Sichuan Province, Suining City
Height: 159cm (5ft 2.6in)
Weight: 46kg (101.4lbs)
Skills: Violin, piano, dance
Before we move on to JingYi’s photos, here’s a refresher for those of you who have forgotten or haven’t got the slightest clue what Kanna Hashimoto looks like…
▼ This is Kanna Hashimoto’s claim to fame shot.
▼ This is JingYi Ju.
Some fans have gone as far as saying that JingYi looks way cuter than Kanna, who only looks good in still photos, while the skeptical rangers of the Internet feel that she looks somewhat plastic. Plastic or not, she sure looks cute!
So we’re living in an era that has seen the birth of “once-in-a-thousand-year” and “once-in-four-thousand-year” idols who look uncannily alike. What’s the probability of that? We must be rather lucky to witness such a rare finding. I for one would totally be convinced if someone told me that they were sisters. What do you think?