Japanese Female Fans Vote Ishihara Satomi as Most Beautiful J-actress Beating Out Three Time Winner Kitagawa Keiko

There was a great bit in the recent episode of K-drama Goblin where a deceased woman asks the Grim Reaper to make her into Kim Tae Hee in her next life. The Reaper gives her a look and then hands her a waiting list number in the hundred of millions, lol. For well over a decade Kim Tae Hee has been the South Korean ideal in female beauty from actual South Korean women, which is a feat since ladies can be catty but with her it’s nearly universal in the desire for her particular set of natural features.

There’s been an annual poll in Japan of the female ideal of beauty among Japanese stars and for the last three years the winner has been Kitagawa Keiko. This year there is a new number one and it’s none other than Ishihara Satomi, moving Keiko down to second place, still a formidable presence. Coming in third is Aragaki Yui followed by Ayase Haruka with Fukada Kyoko rounding out the top five. It’s a who’s who of popular J-actresses but always interesting to see what the domestic female fans find the most enviable in beauty. Continue reading

Japanese Female Viewers Love Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu by a Landslide for the Fall TV Season

Looks like I unexpectedly hitched myself to the breakout J-dorama hit of the fall season with Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu. It really is a surprise because renzouku doramas have not done well with ratings in Japan in over a decade, … Continue reading

My Obsessions

I thought about following the tried and true formula of continuing to generate top ten lists of various topics. But then I realized that I have the attention span of a squirrel. Getting on my top ten doesn’t really mean … Continue reading