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

First Look at the Taiga for 2012 Taira no Kiyomori Starring Matsuyama Kenichi and Tamaki Hiroshi

Just two months out from it’s premiere date of January 8, the upcoming NHK Taiga for 2012 started filming last month and the first stills have started to trickle out. Starring Matsuyama Kenichi, Tamaki Hiroshi, Fujiki Naohito, Matsuda Shota, Daito … Continue reading

A Star Studded Cast Gears Up for the 2012 Taiga Taira no Kiyomori

Who has watched a Taiga in your lifetime? Any Taiga will do. My last one was 2010’s Ryomaden due to my Fukuyama Masaharu bias, but I mostly skip all the ones in in the last decade or so. This year’s … Continue reading