Carolyn Kawasaki

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Carolyn Kawasaki (born May 25, 1962 in Chicago as Carolyn Jo Higar), better known in Japan as Caiya (カイヤ, Kaiya?), is an American gaijin tarento,[1] i.e. a foreign celebrity active in Japan. Kawasaki was active as a model in the 1980s working in the United States, Europe, and Japan. In 1990, she married Mayo Kawasaki,[2] a Japanese celebrity. Her claim to fame on Japanese television comes from her playing off the stereotypical American woman from the Japanese point of view as loud, domineering, and materialistic. She has appeared in television shows such as Waratte Iitomo and Ninja Warrior among others.

Other pursuits[edit]

  • In 1999, Caiya released a cooking book, Caiya no Ai Ippai Cooking.
  • In 2001, she released an English conversation book, Caiya no Eikaiwa Haato de Tooku.
  • In 2002, she released a beauty book, Caiya no Anti-Aging.
  • In 2004, she released an interior design book, Home Sweet Home Caiya.


  1. ^ カイヤ 次戦で母娘タッグ計画. Sports Nippon (in Japanese). 17 June 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "デヴィ夫人 カイヤの浮気をバラす!?". JCast. 26 December 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 

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