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The O.G. Housemates of Netflix's 'Terrace House' Are Still Living Their Best Lives

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Season 5 of Terrace House: Opening New Doors is about to come out on Netflix, and if you've never watched the Japanese reality show before, you should seriously try an episode next time you're wondering what to watch.

In all of its many iterations, Terrace House brings strangers to live together, a completely foreign concept to a majority of young Japanese people who live with their parents until they start families of their own. The interpersonal dynamics between roommates who've never cohabited with randos — and the crushes that blossom over the course of the many episodes — are absolutely fascinating to watch, if you don't mind the subtitles.

Terrace House is also addictively low-drama by American standards, as the housemates are expected to keep leading their daily lives — going to their jobs and meeting with their family and friends, etc. — and are allowed to leave the show whenever they please. 

To viewers, and well, to me right now writing this, this means an ever-evolving cast (17 in Boys and Girls in the City) who can be hard to keep track of. On the show, however, a group of hosts watches the show together at a Japanese Netflix headquarters and talk you through the whole thing. 

And did I mention that every week, the housemates also watch their latest episodes together, cringing at themselves and their conversations? It's an impressive break of the fourth wall, and it's a lot.

Ahead of Season 5, let's take a look at where our O.G. faves from Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City are today.

1. Minori Nakada

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Minori was my absolute favorite on Boys and Girls in the City, and I'll never forget the time she wrote "coward" in Sriracha on Uchi's omelette. These days, she still works as a model, recently visited New York (and was spotted at the New Museum), and even got married last February.

2. Tatsuya Uchihara (Uchi)

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

Minori's on-again-off-again boyfriend Uchi is sadly not the person she married, however. Uchi is still doing hair, but is no longer at the salon he was working at during his Terrace House days. He also started Tatsuya Uchihara's Beauty Research Institute, a free online school for hairdressers.

3. Hayato Terashima

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Chef Hayato is still cooking Italian(-ish) meals, according to his Instagram, and seems to still work for the same restaurant he did in his Terrace House days. It looks like he likes to casually throw ice cream into his pastas, which— what's that about

4. Riko Nagai

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

Riko is now 20 and recently finished high school! These days, she's modeling and acting, and is signed to one of Japan's leading agencies, A-Team.

5. Masako Endo (Martha)

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Martha and Arman were probably everyone's favorite couple, and they dated long after their season went off the air. But sleuthing on her Instagram shows she hasn't posted a photo of Arman in over a year, aaaand she moved away from Arman's home state of Hawaii, so I'm taking it all to mean that the model is single RN. 

6. Arman Bitaraf

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

Although his Instagram page was once filled with cute photos of him and Martha, it now mainly features surfing photos and beach pics of (duh) Hawaii, where Arman's living again. According to his bio, he's currently working as a film production coordinator.

7. Natsumi Saito (Nacchan)

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

Nacchan is still working as a model and appears to have booked an impressive number of adverts and magazine features over the past year. Most surprisingly to me, she seems to be something of a badass at golf. Who knew?

8. Yuto Handa (Hansan)

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At Terrace House, Hansan held the title of "Mr. Perfect." In fact, the architect was on the show studying, hoping to score a spot in Harvard's architecture program. But it seems he's stayed in Tokyo to launch his own brand, Delicious Company, which sells his line of furniture. Recently, he suggested he was starting a residential building project in collaboration with Mini Living.

9. Mizuki Shida

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

Adorable and multi-talented "office worker" Mizuki still holds her job as a barista. But she's also branched out into designing merch for coffee lovers at the One and Only Works studio. Follow her gorgeous latte art and travel photos here.

10. Yuki Adachi (Tap)

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Tap dancing legend Yuki was my favorite male from the cast. He was always hilarious and personable, even when it got him crucially ridiculed. Fans will be relieved to learn that Yuki is still tap dancing and choreographing today, and he regularly teaches tap classes in dance studios across Tokyo.

11. Arisa Ohata

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

Arisa was always the ambitious go-getter type, but she really got her act together to start Saria Femme, her own hat company. Her Instagram shows her looking beautiful as ever, occasionally rocking some of her own hat creations. Oh, and did we mention she got married?! Not to anyone from the show, sadly.

12. Makoto Hasegawa (Makocchan)

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

Makocchan has the fewest social media followers of all of his castmates, probably because he posts so infrequently. But the little he does leads us to believe he's still playing sports — baseball, obvi, but he also seems to have picked up a liking for American football since leaving the show.

13. Misaki Tamori (Tamo-san)

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Since leaving the show, Misaki joined J-Pop girl band, Ebisu Muscats, which she left two months ago. She's totally private on social media these days, but someone on reddit recently caught her in an ep of Netflix's other popular Japanese show, Midnight Diner

14. Yuuki Byrnes (Byrnes)

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Source: Netflix/Instagram

The half-American, half-Japanese dancer is still dancing, according to his Instagram page, which he deleted and reactivated several times since leaving Terrace House. Like Mizuki, he's also branched out into design, and recently launched a streetwear line called Way Out East 1992.

15. Momoka Mitsunaga (Momochan)

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We watched as this young star became a professional ballerina, and she currently dances for the Asami Maki Ballet Company. Swoon over her impressive moves and dazzling costumes on her Instagram page, here.

16. Hikaru Ota

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Babyfaced Hikaru isn't looking like such a baby anymore. He describes himself as a "Hybrid/Actor/Model and then some" on his Instagram page, and recently landed a spread in Taiwan's Vogue

Also, all of his captions are in English, which begs the question of whether he casually became fluent in a new language since leaving the show.

17. Yuriko Hayata (Yuri)

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After six long years of studying super hard (even when her castmates were up late drinking), Yuriko finally graduated from medical school! On Instagram, she describes herself (per IG's translation) as an "early training doctor," because she was always so adorably modest, even when she clearly the brains of the show.


Don't miss the latest season of Terrace House: Opening New Doors on Netflix.

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