Of all the points of entry into gravure, we are well used to women side-stepping into the industry from other jobs like music idols, fashion models, ring girls, race queens, and convention booth companions. But geisha?! Rino (莉乃) is a 22-year-old from Shizuoka who moved to Kyoto at 16 to become a maiko, or apprentice geisha. She worked in the old capital as a maiko in the Miyagawacho district until the age of 20. She has now made her debut in the rather less glamorous but more modern world of gravure with a shoot for Weekly Friday. And in a very competitive industry in which new idols ...

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Earlier in the week, we sang the praises of TV announcer Kasumi Mori, loving her sultry looks and intelligence. Now comes the gravure debut of someone who definitely has brains. Asa Kamiya (神谷明采) has done her first swimwear gravure shoot, which appears in the current issue (December 22) of Weekly Friday. Has Christmas come early this year? She is a fourth-year student in the economics faculty at the University of Tokyo, regarded as the most elite college in Japan. She won the Miss Todai beauty contest in 2020 and was Miss of Miss 2021, essentially crowning her as the most ...

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When Kasumi Mori posed for Anan magazine earlier in the year, she proved that female Japanese TV newscasters and announcers are just as sexy as gravure and fashion models (for more proof, see Akane Takiyama and Minami Tanaka -- now if only Mayuko Wakuda would go freelance and answer our prayers with a lingerie shoot!), and that Anan magazine remains one of the great producers of sensual shoots (as our summary of a decade of Anan celebrity shoots amply demonstrates). The freelance announcer is pushing on with her career as a model. The 28-year-old former TV Tokyo announcer who graduated from ...

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The model, occasional actress, and former AKB48 music idol Mariya Nagao continues to get more alluring the older she gets. Slinky. Cheeky. Sexy. Mariya-chan has got it all in abundance. On the verge of 30 (she hits that magic number in March next year), she has thankfully not gone the way of most AKB idols and disappeared into the ether, but still fields regular invites to do gravure photo shoots, model jaw-dropping lingerie, and publish photo books. In recent months, she has been in the gossip columns because the tabloids found out that she has a boyfriend who is a former host. In early ...

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Actor and model Ayame Misaki is continuing her gravure comeback, which began in earnest in 2021. This followed her divorce and roles in more serious films, after an early career in gravure and somewhat more frivolous TV roles. After the success of her sexy, summery photo book earlier this year, she is returning in the autumn with a new photo book in Kodansha. Some previews of the as-yet-unnamed publication appeared in the September 8 issue of weekly magazine Friday. Not much else is known at this stage, other than it's shot by Akinori Ito. Based on the quality of these previews, we can't ...

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The actor Kyoko Fukada is now 40 years old but just as hot as ever, as her cover shoot for weekly magazine Friday amply demonstrates. Known for her curvy beach body that she was happy to show off even as she entered her thirties, Kyoko Fukada was long a favorite of gravure magazines and this marks her first such shoot like this in some time. Though usually the kind of celebrity you would expect to see with a smile on her face, Fukada was diagnosed with adjustment disorder in 2021 and took a break from work for several months. She's now firmly back in the public eye and enjoying quite a ...

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Ai Shinozaki made a gravure comeback initially in late 2021 and then again in early 2022, and the resulting semi-nude photo book was one of the highlights of the year. Now aged 30, the famously busty (bakunyu) babe is a very welcome re-entry in our orbit. (In fact, she had been absent so long we presumed she had retired from gravure and entertainment.) Her 2022 photo book was about as nude as it's possible to be without actually showing tits or ass (besides hints of her butt and plenty of side boob). She's not resting on her laurels, it seems. Her latest shoot continues her gravure ...

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Attractive female sports athletes are a universal thing, of course, and such women can earn big bucks for sponsorship and modeling. But there's a kind of culture in Japan of such female athletes of going the extra mile (especially if they are retired or not necessarily at the top of their field). And so you get lots of nude photo books by female athletes, from wrestlers to boxers, gymnasts, and swimmers. The figure skater Mai Asada has pursued a lucrative side line in gravure, while the swimmer Miku Kojima and snowboarder Mero Imai went from nude shoots into porn. The golfer Minase Ozawa ...

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The model Kazusa Okuyama has posed for the hottest, most nude shoot since her second photo book AIKAGI, where she showed off her butt in summer 2020. The 28-year-old Aomori native, a former race queen who remains one of the top gravure models in Japan, has carved out a career on TV of late, and this latest cover shoot (included in the November 11 issue of weekly magazine Friday) reveals a more mature, sultrier beauty. The shoot has a fantastic hot spring resort theme: we see Kazusa Okuyama looking very demure and alluring, gradually shedding clothes upon arrival at the onsen. She strips ...

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Want an early Christmas present? The gravure idol Minami Yamada (山田南実) has released a semi-nude photo book that is bound to delight her growing number of fans. In "Departure," Yamada teases us with some side boob and glimpses of her butt (which, to be fair, is not especially shapely) while wearing only a white towel, covered by suds in the bath, or lying naked on a bed on her front while pulling up the only thing she's wearing -- sheer panties. You get to see plenty of naked back, that's for sure, though not actual nude tits or ass. The 21-year-old Hokkaido native, who was a ...

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