Those ubiquitous Yakult Ladies; they’re everywhere! But we’ve never seen one with such long blond hair! Initially her customers were pretty surprised too! Now, six months since she began, this mother of one, and fluent Japanese speaking native of Mexico is more than holding her own in terms of beverage sales in her district. “I love chatting with my customers, it’s not really like work at all, and it’s good exercise too!” Look out for Maria in the Komondo-cho area of Hakata-ku.
Hometown: Mexico City
In Japan: over a decade
Identity: Yakult Lady
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn80, Aug. 2005)