OSAKA – In a set design that could double as a Mad Hatter’s tea party, 10-year-old Kiina Matsunaga sits wrapped in a pink blanket pouring tea for a white rabbit. The tiny blue cups match the color of her psychedelic hair. A photographer puts down her camera and huddles with the stylist before spending a few minutes adjusting Matsunaga’s wig and then her blanket. Unperturbed, Matsunaga preoccupies herself by carrying on with the tea party.
Everybody resumes position and the photographer cycles through shot after shot. As photo shoots go, this one is a doddle for Matsunaga. She’s been modeling literally all her life, since before she could walk.