Kiritani Mirei and Kasahara Hideyuki rumored dating

The Sports Hochi newspaper reported yesterday that model and actress Kiritani Mirei (21) and actor Kasahara Hideyuki (28) seem to be in a romantic relationship. Sources say that they became close during the summer of last year when they both appeared in the drama series “Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku,” and that they have been dating for about a year now.

Another person close to the couple says that this past summer was tough for the couple, because their filming schedules left them little time together, but they overcame that and actually strengthened their relationship.

When asked about the rumor, both Kiritani’s and Kasahara’s agencies simply declined to comment on their private lives, neither confirming nor denying the relationship.

Model Kiritani Mirei sings for new movies “Ranhansha” and “Snowflake”

Fashion model and actress Kiritani Mirei (21) will be in charge of the theme songs for the double feature film “Ranhansha / Snowflake,” it has been learned. This will be her singing debut, and she will perform the songs live for the first time on February 27 at the Girls Festival 2011 event at Shibuya C.C. Lemon Hall.

Directed by Taniguchi Masaaki, the two films star Kiritani in separate roles. In “Ranhansha,” she plays a talented young poet in high school who has never known true love. In “Snowflake,” she plays a junior college student who encounters a young man resembling her dead childhood friend.

“Ranhansha / Snowflake” is scheduled to open in theaters this summer. The titles of the two theme songs and their CD release date have not yet been announced.