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Okay, so by now I think it's pretty obvious that some of my posts are quite unconventional and for the last JE post for the most part I ruffled some feathers (pun intended, lol). But then again we can't please everyone, and everyone is entitled to his own opinion that needs respect. So for the benefit of the sensibilities of others, this post right here needs a DISCLAIMER: this post does not in any way intend to offend anyone in any way, it's just a presentation of cold, hard facts that may be difficult for die-hard fans to swallow. Don't worry there's no complete nudity posted. Open-mindedness is very much a welcome state of mind.

Let's get this post started.

What exactly is a gravure idol??
Gravure idols are Japanese models who primarily pose in bikinis, leotards, and other provocative clothing for photo spreads in magazines and photobooks aimed largely at men. Fetish themes may include wrestling, martial arts, and Superheroines from tokusatsu.
Gravure idols range from as young as age 9 to as old as 35. However, they do not pose nude or perform sexually explicit acts in their work. (Source: Wikipedia)
OMG. Girls as young as age 9?? How sick is that?

Anyhoodles, just to make it clear. I'm not saying that gravure is entirely wrong. I mean, if modeling requires an "idol" to wear a bikini, then that's fine, it's inevitable and only appropriate for beach/ pool location shoots. I'm all for "if you have it, then show it" to a certain extent. And certain movie roles will also include a show of skin so whatever the director or story deems necessary for the film should be done. But if you're below 18, barely even reaching puberty and still living under your parents' house? Then that becomes a problem. I do understand the cultural perspective that it's "normal" in Japan, but sometimes, "normal" does not always mean "acceptable" and "right."

And in tradition of countdowns, here are the top most unexpected former or present gravure idols who grace Japanese TV today as fan-favorite A-list or famous stars.

Gah. It's really difficult to put in captions for these things. I mean, what more can you say about bikini clad bodies other than it's hot or not?? For the first time I'm actually speechless.


We all know her as the ass kicking death machine Gogo in her appearance in the Hollywood smash hit KILL BILL. She even co-starred with Kat-tun's Koki "too-cool-for-school gangsta" in Tanaka Express.

But what most of us don't know is that she's got other killer looks that got published in men's magazines.

In all fairness, the blanket slash scissor cutting theme is quite tastefully done. But not so much for her trying-to-be-sultry-with-pouty-lips look.


This underrated girl always stars as the second lead or the lead's best friend, which is a waste because I think she's quite talented, especially in Nodame Cantabile and as the no nonsense, cheerful girl in Last Friends. She doesn't have much exposure like other stars but she did have a few sexy shots here and there.

THE NEXT STARS DID NOT DO HARDCORE GRAVURE AND DID NOT START OUT AS GRAVURE IDOLS, BUT THEY SURE DID NOT ESCAPE THE TREND. Then again it's hardly a trend since it's been going on forever and it's hardly likely that it's gonna stop soon.


Cutie pie Osen star Aoi Yuu who co-starred with former JE alcoholic "suspendee" Uchi Hiroki.
Krrr&**!@!crraccck - the sound of heartbroken RyoUchi fanfic addicts. Anyway, this girl is a
promising actress, not to mention a natural cutie at best. She does remind me of Kpop stars
Shin Min Ah and Jung Ryu won though.


Everyone's favorite Nana girl. Well, I did a double take in these rare shots and wasn't
sure at first if it was really her. And I still don't get what she's doing with that stick.


Masami started out pretty young. She does have that cutesy patootsy appeal
that would drive boys nuts. Though it is rather creepy. She looks barely 13 in these pics!

DRAMA QUEEN. She's currently the "it girl" nowadays. She's freaking everywhere! Ever heard of "overexposure" before??
And is it part of her contract that she can prefers to work in dramas/ movies where JE boys are involved? Rumored bf Nino, Ryo, Matsujun, Pi (who else). I'm not a fan though. She's just too annoying. And unnatural. And overacting. Okay, I'm not a fan.


Another "it girl." She's come a long way from being an extra in some dramas where she always ends up being dumped by Ryo (Gambatte Ikimasshoi and Attention Please), now she has her own starring role in Zettai Kareshi. Poor Girl. Gossip blogs call her "Jyani Kui" because she's always rumored to have dated Johnny's boys including Ryo, Matsujun, Pi, Taguchi. Who's she gonna prowl next? Hey Say Jump?? But at least she got Nagase Tomoya in real life.

Bringing "Sexy Back"?? Can somebody please explain to me what the hell is Aibu Saki doing in this picture? She looks like Sadako sniffing a tree. Currreepy.

Or in this picture? WTH.


A.K.A. Matsujun's incestous sister slash lover in their movie aptly titled "I'm in love with my little sister," making viewers wonder what it's all about. Duh, And Masami's best friend in ProDai.


Don't really know how much you can do with a bunch of skin and bones. Thank goodness for that pretty face.


We all know bitchy Erika-sama is no angel. Still love her though.
I'm sure she irritated a lot of Japanese fans with her tantrum in a mo
vie conference but well, she's a diva and she's not afraid to show it. And it worked for and against her. LOL at that furry rabbit costume.


Japan's little sister and everyone's best friend. Well, she's always been introduced as a model so there's no surprise here. Quite too young though. And she looks a whole lot different with makeup on and posing seductively in a bikini.


WHOA. In her recent guest appearance in Cartoon Kat-tun she mentioned that she's "shy" about doing gravure because "her photos might end up in weird magazines." Well, where does she expect them to get published anyway? Wink Up?? Seventeen??

This just in. In a bid to prevent Ayase from getting pregnant, her company apparently issued an order to her to “preserve her chastity!” Whatever.

(source: http://myfirstgossipblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/ayase-haruka-is-the-real-baka/#comments)

DOING A SAWAJIRI POSE. I swear, gravure is THE most uncreative photoshoot evarrr. Bikini. Beach. Ugh. I actually saw a nude pic of her and nearly fell off my seat. Can someone please confirm if it's really her? (link: http://blog-imgs-10.fc2.com/e/r/o/eroierog/ayase_haruka006.jpg)


NAKAMA YUKIE. The Gokusen 1, 2, 3 star. Not much of a fan. I mean, how long can you extend a gambatte-you-can-do-it! story of an overly enthusiastic teacher versus overly annoying delinquent students? That story is so overused. But she looks really classy though.

ITO MISAKI. Don't have much to say about her. She's got gazillion gravure pics everywhere. She starred alongside Kame in one dapper of a drama Sapuri. They both kinda sucked. No chemistry whatsoever. She was quite good in Densha Otoko, but her role as a perfect, beautiful girl is not much of a stretch.


Don't exactly know how old she is. She talks and acts very childishly.


Tall beauty Yamada graced the cover of An-An.

And the top, most unexpected gravure idol is....

Er, no. NOT Leah Dizon. That's hardly a surprise.

Everyone knows she's the queen B of gravure. It's what she does best.


Little miss pure-and-innocent also did the deed. Quite a shock, it's a far cry from her roles as the reliable girl-next-door every boy would want to bring home to mom. Looks like she started out in the biz young too, and the pics above looked a bit like a low-budget shady movie that's just...

So far, I haven't seen any gravure shots from these idol favorites.

Eye candy Kuroki Meisa and sweetie Inoue Mao.

Drama princess Rosa Kato and perky Aya Ueto.

And my personal fave...

Diva Kitagawa Keiko. Maybe it's because she started out as an exclusive Seventeen Mag model.

We haven't seen them in men's mags. Or at least NOT YET...

Gravure - double exposure. Literally and figuratively. Skin exposure and mass exposure.

POLL QUESTION: WOULD YOU POSE NUDE FOR A MEN'S MAGAZINE IF IT PROMISES YOU A QUICK CLAIM TO FAME? I mean, if it guarantees that you will be brushing elbows with A-listers, walking down red carpets and sealing lucrative ad and movie deals, date the industry's most coveted men. Think Abiru Yuu, Japan's most hated biotch, but still had first dibs on Yamapi. Whatever that means. Then again, we all know how THAT turned out. Think Leah Dizon who can get away with almost anything, even bad vocals and mediocre dancing. Sounds tempting? Or not?

Anyway, just want to share this song Stripper by the SOHO DOLLS. Love it. It's from Gossip Girls. So appropriate.


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Jun. 13th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
they look so young posing like that *_*, i dun like masami that much,not a fan of her.

Why no sato megumi/ toda erika? D: I love STARDUST GIRLS :))
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
yeah i added erika toda (i had to search for her pic in my files amidst all those bikini bodies that all look alike, lol) and eikura nana.XDXD
Jun. 13th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
That's quite...
I know that Maki did..
As for the question, no, thanks.. Hihihi...^^
Jun. 13th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
lol soo sorry. i did warn you, though. hope your jaw's okay now!XDXD
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Jun. 13th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
thats preety sexy/...
i love ayase haruka...
but leaz dizon super sexy
Jun. 13th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
I thought that Erika Sawajiri started out as an actor first, then turned gavure, but yeah.......

I'm also pretty sure that Maki (I have a huge Maki complex, plus gravure doesn't work as well for her as it does for other people), Masami and Toda don't do bikini shots anymore. Masami, who's recently been very popular, doesn't need the money, and I think she's dating Nino, but this is the first time I've seen her rumoured to be dating Ryo or Pi (or both). Toda's on the up and go I guess. I'm not that into Aragaki Yui, bit I imagine she's given it up too what with her skyrocketing fame.
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
haha it girls masami and aragaki are on the rise. yeah i put up either they're former or present gravure idols. but it seems like they can't get away from it, i mean, once you've taken one photo it spreads like welfare and it stays everywhere forever. sad, sad... i also saw an interview with leah dizon saying that she won't quit gravure even when she's already a singer. i think it's in music fighter with sayaka aoki as host.XDD
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Can somebody please explain to me what the hell is Aibu Saki doing in this picture? She looks like Sadako sniffing a tree. Currreepy.
Huahahahaha...i burst out in laugh when u said that..nyahhahahha....well done..^^

but some of these girls i barely even imagine them doin gravure is eikura nana and the most fav girl in japan that i like : MAKi Horikita kyaaaaaaaaa~~...i'm dying in my seat when u show me her gravure shots..huhuhuhuhu...but i'll still love her though..^^ he's the best and cutest artists in my opinion..^^
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah I was a little disappointed in Maki when I had first seen those pictures, but whatever, she can do what she wants. Haha I really don't like a lot of these people, though (Toda Erika, Sawajiri Erika, Nagasawa Masami, Leah Dizon) I totally agree about the Sadako shot though (of Aibu Saki) What were they thinking??

"...former JE alcoholic "suspendee" Uchi Hiroki.
Krrr&**!@!crraccck - the sound of heartbroken RyoUchi fanfic addicts."

AHAHAHHAHAAHA! It's so true! I like Uchi to an extent, but HOLY COW STOP WHINING! He's always like "I don't wannaaaaa~" or "It's too haaaaard~" or "That's too heavyyyyy, someone else do it!"

I didn't know Chiaki Kuriyama or Nakama Yukie did gravure, but their shots don't seem too bad (except I agree about the pouty-face, it's too much)

They start at 9 years old sometimes?? Ok THAT'S incredibly messed up, especially on the parents' end. Ew.

And I heard that YamaP's little sister is a bikini model, but does she do gravure? She probably does, considering bikini model = gravure idol, basically.
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
****I like Uchi to an extent, but HOLY COW STOP WHINING! He's always like "I don't wannaaaaa~" or "It's too haaaaard~" or "That's too heavyyyyy, someone else do it!"***

lol, what's this about uchi? sounds like he is being a prima donna or a drama queen?

anyway, i saw yamapi's sister in some photos/interviews. let's just say i think that yamapi is prettier. sucks to be her. she'll always be "yamapi's sister." i mean, we don't even address her by her name. poor girl. having that famous brother can be both good and bad.
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Jun. 13th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Chu! Maki WHY!? I thought I won't see Maki there. T_T Well... at least its not as bothering as the others.

Gakki and Yuu... those girls with angelic face also did this... oh another disappointment.

At least Mao and Aya not included in the list ^__^. I hope they stay "clean." Hahaha!
Jun. 13th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
OMG! I totally didn't expect to see Maki-chan in this.
She's seriously looks super innocent.
Although the red swim wear pic looks when she's young.
But heck, MAKI-CHAN! WHY?!

Nakama Yukie really looks classy in those shots.
Which is nice!

Thanks for this. Its interesting.
Got to love the "Sadako" caption.
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Well,i never really liked Maki.She always seemed too good to be true.And her pics are certainly not very tasteful.

God.Leah Dizon is like over-exposed,over-hyped,whatever.No one really gives a damn what she does anymore.

I'm a big fan of Erika Sawajiri,i like how her character isnt one-dimensional like Masami's or goody-two-shoes like Maki's.Erika Toda is also a personal favourite,and I was surprised to see her photo up there,what with her Death Note fame and all.

If you've seen LF and some interviews she does,i sometimes wonder if Masami is mildly retarded.If you've seen the Moshimo SP she did with YamaP(http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-43071/Moshimo-SP.html),she's waving this crab claw and flirting with the cameraman,and I'm like,"God!Eat it already!It won't kill you if people see you EAT.=__="
Jun. 13th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
ROFL. i laughed at your masami comment. i missed that segment and that camera flirting. so right about erika sawajiri! my thoughts exactly. she can rock the good and bad girl. unlike masami's limited range of acting. and regarding Maki, i think her appeal is extensive because she's the typical hello kitty - cute, quiet (literally kitty doesn't have a mouth, lol) and dainty. but i doubt if she's really that good of an actress. hana kimi wasn't her best, her eyes lacked emotion. good cast back up. anyway, i half expected that the most violent reaction by readers would be maki's. which kinda proves she's everyone's fave at the moment.XDXD
Jun. 13th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I seriously don't think that these idols need to do gravure shoots in order to sell.

so kudos to those who haven't [yet]. A lot of my favorites were listed on your lists that did and didn't. And a few that I'm shocked at seeing...namely Maki.

.........and Ayase Haruka has big boobs! I'm shocked! I couldn't see them in any of the films/dramas she acted in.

The only one person who I'm least shocked over is probably Leah Dizon. She was already well on way to becoming a porn star in the States if website hadn't become so popular (due to idiots like Ryo!♥).
Jun. 13th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
i agree with what u said..
normal might not be right and acceptable..

i love ur posts!!!
keep them coming!!
Jun. 13th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, Toda Erika? i didn't really expect to see her up on your list. She's never struck me like one who did gravure.^^"

And Maki... na, i knew that and even though I'm quite a Maki fan, I was quite disappointed when I found that out.^^" I really don't get why so many girls started out as gravure models, those pics are most of the time neither artfully taken nor very "appealing".^^"
Jun. 13th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)

oh man. anyways. i really like erika also! despite her bitchyness, lmao.

anyways, i feel lik these gravure shoots are indeed very uncreative. i mean, they should make it more tasteful, ne? then i wouldn't have as much of a problem with it. i don't think showing some skin is necessarily a bad thing for an actress, but i think that they should at least find a means of doing it so that they don't look like cheap skanks.

i actually love nakama yukie! she has such classic beauty it's amazing...and i really do think her gravure shoots turn out more classy than trashy, as you seemed to have stated. i like the fact that she LOOKS like an old enough girl/woman to do that sort of thing, rather than aoi miyazaki who is FREAKY as shit because she looks like a little imp who wants a pedophile to come along and make her day. EW.

japan seems to think that any female actress who has a pretty decent body should do gravure to be more famous, which pisses me off. gravure should be applied to those who "have" that look. i do NOT think gravure suits maki...NOT BECAUSE of how she is usually portrayed as the good girl: it's because her face is just...not...gravure-like to me. nor is her body. same with aoi miyazaki.

omg omg.ASAMI. i TOTALLY AGREE about how she's always that side character, MUCH LIKE EITA. LMAO. FEMALE EITA FTW. but man oh man i'm truly a bit worried that if she gets into the whole gravure thing she might turn out looking like a major slut because she has that "sultry" look naturally...xDDD i just hope that the shoots she ends up doing manage to work for her and not against her.

what's funny is that, besides inoue mao, the ones you mentioned who haven't done gravure seem to be the types that would be most suited for it! in my opinion...LOL. <3 that's so weird.
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
lol i know!! about miyazaki aoi, that was zo unexpected and disgusting. she looks like she was six years old ugh. like maki who's like a pedophile target especially with that p.e. uniform shot that intentionally made her look like a normal student who's all innocent and ready to explore. ew. and i was expecting to see kitagawa keiko in skimpy bathing suits or the sultry kuroki meisa, but i looked everywhere and there's none. so far.

and i think asami has that gravure look because she's tall and mature-looking and all, and she looks kinda classy too. but oh well. we can't expect gravure to be classy anytime soon. i read somewhere that maki's profile says that she only did MILD gravure. gravure is still gravure no matter how they call it so whatever.
Jun. 13th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
OMG!! Did I ever told you that I love your posts? Please keep on with the good job.. I really enjoyed reading this most.
I really like KYOKO FUKADA, maybe because I loved Remote and kamisama mou sukoshi dake.. I think she is a good actress & really beautiful. By the way she`s 25 (I think...) ^^

Aibu Saki got Nagase Tomoya in real life??? I didn`t know that, OMG! I knew is something about her that I don`t like.. Oh come on.. Nagase is one of the few JE that actually looks like a man (not a boy) ... I really envy that (bitch) girl *evil eye*

P.S.: I really don`t get what these girls/girls's manager is thinking puting them keeping the `innocent girl` image.. I don`t really get what the `innocent girl` image is all about and why so popular in Japan..

Sorry if I`m spaming... but finding out about Nagase and Aibu really fired me up... even through I`m perfectly aware that the boys can date who they want and that they should live their privetly life the way they please.

*waiting 4 more of your posts*

Jun. 14th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
haha thanks for dropping by. it's okay to spam lol. and about aibu saki, yeah it's confirmed that she's out and about with nagase, during and after their utahime drama. gossip mags published photos of them together outside his apartment, ho well. i do agree that nagase's the best je manly man.

the innocent image is what sells the most i think because it spans all target markets - from kids to grannies and it makes the girls look more approachable and people can relate to them. but sometimes it just comes off as fake lol.
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