‘i-D’ magazine has been running an amusing online video series called ‘Model Mother Tongue’ in which famous models from around the world ‘teach’ essential phrases from their home language. So far the series has featured the likes of Camille Rowe (‘How to speak French’), Ola Rudnicka (‘How to speak Polish’) and Catherine McNeil (‘How to speak Australian’). Now, Japan gets its spot on the list with Tao Okamoto teaching us how to speak Japanese.
Okamoto found international fame as an actress last year when she starred as the female lead in ‘The Wolverine’ opposite Hugh Jackman (above), but she has been making global waves for years already as a top model. She started modelling as a teenager in Japan and moved abroad in 2006, appearing on the catwalks for top brands and in editorials for magazines like ‘Vogue’ and ‘Harper’s Bazaar’. In April this year, she was cast in the film ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, due for release in 2016. (Sidebar: the film stars Ben Affleck as Batman – not sure how we feel about that?)
In the meantime, click on the video above to watch Okamoto’s highly styled tutorial on how to say things like ‘Let’s have some hot sushi and sake.’