We always like to welcome back old friends at Tokyo Kinky. Haruka Ayase's return to gravure, while quite modest, recently put a big smile on our faces. And so it is with a little squeal of glee that we greet the gravure comeback of Miwako Kakei. The Terrace House alum was a big gravure idol in the mid-2010s but has been content to plow a trade as a regular model, celebrity, and actress in more recent times. (Her acting gigs have particularly picked up in the past few years, especially for TV dramas.) For whatever the reason, she has gone back to what she was originally good at, and is ...

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Long-running gravure magazine Weekly Playboy is celebrating its 57th anniversary with a photo shoot featuring the titular number of up-and-coming gradols. The 57 nubile ladies appeared in white swimsuits in a classroom and other settings in the ambitious photo shoot. Most of the idols are lesser-known names just starting out on their careers. There is also an accompanying video showing some behind-the-scenes footage. The "Nippon gravure" shoot, which was done by veteran gradol photographer Luckman, is published over 16 pages of the November 13, 2023, issue, which has Hina ...

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Akane Takiyama (瀧山あかね) is the latest Japanese TV announcer trying to forge a concurrent career in gravure. She works as an announcer for shows on ABEMA (she joined the streamer in 2018) and is a former NMB48 "research student" (in 2011 and 2012, while in high school). The 29-year-old has now branched out into gravure with a cover shoot for Weekly Playboy that is making waves and rapidly expanding her fandom. In the summery swimwear shoot for a June issue of Weekly Playboy, she is channeling some Kyoko Fukada vibes with a sporty beach body and radiant, smiling ...

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Back in 2011, AKB48 briefly seemed to be on the cusp of some sort of technological tipping point when it played with a fully digital member of the group. Sadly, or not, Aimi Eguchi was created just for an ad campaign and this "digital idol" trend didn't continue. Instead, we got dribs and drabs of sensational digitally created idols like Saya, the ultra-realistic schoolgirl who wasn't real, and were teased with an all-digital supergroup. The VR boom in the 2010s also seemed to be a major new chapter in the relationship between sex and technology (not least, its implications for watching ...

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In the fast and furious world of gravure, it feels like every month, if not every week, brings a newcomer. Many debut, then quickly disappear. A lucky few endure and build careers. But every month also seems to bring a gravure comeback of sorts. In mid-April, for instance, we celebrated the return of former AKB48 Haruna Kojima to gravure after years of focusing on fashion retail. And so we are very pleased to welcome back Rika Adachi, who has recently done a stunning cover shoot for an issue of Weekly Playboy (April 24) with a sunny bikini theme that has us yearning for the summer to kick ...

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In the current issue of Weekly Playboy, busty Japanese model, cosplayer, YouTuber, and plastic model maker Umi Shinonome discusses how she got into gravure. When in her third year at university, she was invited to do a shoot with some otaku photographer friends. She says she found the experience enjoyable, not just the shoot itself but the costumes, the location scouting, and the whole process of putting the results together. Shinonome then started using social media to recruit photographers to shoot her. After about a year, her management agency spotted and scouted her. She made her ...

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Three years on from graduating HKT48, Haruka Kodama (兒玉遥) has rewarded her long-term fans with a shoot that shows her butt and lots of side boob, under-boob, and cleavage. We suppose it's a matter of debate whether this constitutes a nude or semi-nude shoot. Haruppi gets about as close as you can without showing her actual nipples, pulling up her clothes as if to reveal the goodies and letting her top linger just enough over her breasts to protect her modesty. In one shot of her butt, she's possibly wearing a thong, but in another she's slipping down her denim shorts to reveal those ...

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The model Riho Takada (高田里穂) has made a triumphant return to gravure and is now releasing her first print photo book in 11 years. As featured in the cover shoot for the October 31 issue of Weekly Playboy, the 28-year-old Riho went nuder than ever before for the swimwear/beach-themed and lingerie shoot. Other shots feature her topless, her breasts covered by her hands and arms held close to her chest, or by a carefully positioned shirt. We're not sure why all these autumn photo books think a summer theme is the way to go -- see the new photo book by Hana Takeuchi for ...

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Sumire Yokono suddenly left NMB48 in May 2021 -- shortly after a report broke that went to a hotel with a male celebrity twice her age. Even more shockingly, she was also spotted on a date (six days later) with yet another boyband member, with who she also spent the night at an expensive hotel. The resulting scandal sunk her NMB future. After a year off, the 21-year-old relaunched her career in May this year. Su-chan is now trying to go it on her own (with a little help from a major modeling agency). She is carving out a career as a gradol and model, and is succeeding: three gravure cover ...

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Gravure idols famously come and go. Those who seemed at the top of their game with regular cover shoots in the weeklies might fall out of favor in a couple of months and be gone from our lives. The most successful idols learn that they need to branch out into acting and TV work, and not rely on the precarious gigs doing shoots for magazines and releasing digital photo books in a crowded market. Nana Asakawa was huge at the end of the 2010s and likewise began to take high-profile acting jobs, including sex scenes in the Haram Marriage TV adaptation and We're Too Bad at Romance. Those ...

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