The top Japanese gravure idol YouTube channels

The Japanese gravure idol (glamor model) industry is a competitive and overly populated place, with idols coming and going in quick succession.

In order to maintain their status, idols are required to keep up strong social media presences. This, of course, means Twitter and Instagram, but increasingly also YouTube. Gradols have to be YouTubers these days, too.

The coronavirus has made this more urgent than before as splashy shoots and meet-and-greet events are either not having or only in far reduced numbers, decreasing the potential for idols to earn fees. Perhaps feeling the pinch, Natsumi Hirajima (formerly of AKB48) launched her own channel in July this year, but was a victim of her own success: one bra demo video, which really showed off her incredible bust, went viral, only for it to get taken down (perhaps for being too revealing). Thankfully, she has continued to make videos, albeit somewhat tamer ones.

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We have searched for some of the most interesting and unusual examples of the new (and newish) channels currently floating around the digital corridors of YouTube…

Erina Kamiya

After changing her name (just the kanji, from 神谷えりな to 上矢えり奈) in April 2019, indicating a change in management, which can sometimes mean the end of a career, Erina Kamiya has sought to keep and cultivate her fandom through videos. She launched her YouTube channel in April 2019 and has over 100,000 subscribers. Here is one video in which she discusses the difficulties that come with having a G cup.

Yume Hayashi

The lingerie model and former reality TV star Yume Hayashi (aka Yume Yoshida) has also wracked up hundreds of thousands of views for her videos on her channel, which she launched in November 2019.

Shoko Hamada

A more established channel (since January 2019) is by gravure veteran Shoko Hamada, who is now in her mid-thirties (remember when she stripped nude to mark turning three-oh?) and hunting for a husband. In her videos, she mainly models underwear from big retailers like GU, Uniqlo, and Zara.

Rina Koike

A slightly approach is taken by Rina Koike, long a favorite of this blog, in which the slinky star partners with TV broadcaster TBS for a series of videos on a channel launched in October 2018. Specifically, the gradol collaborates with TV announcers to produce ASMR fetish videos.

Recently, she has made ASMR videos for food and drink.

Sakura Otawa

More straightforward in their appeal are the videos put out since July 2019 by the newer gravure idol Sakura Odawa, which tend to showcase her bust and body in workout sessions. Her channel has accrued almost 2.4 million views as of writing.

Sakikichi

This switchover from gradol to YouTuber works both ways. Last year, the YouTuber Sakikichi made a well-publicized gravure debut.

Here is a fairly typical example of her channel, where she goes to get her you-know-what fully shaved and made paipan. Clickbait, much?

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Airi Sato stuns the internet with her perfectly proportioned body and face

Airi Sato (佐藤あいり) is an up-and-coming gravure idol and actress whose recent shoots have seen her earn a following for a rare fusion: sensual, sexy allure; a genuine and clean beauty; and girl-next-door charm.

It’s an unusual ability to combine sultry come-hither looks with marriage-material middle-class respectability. But Airi Sato, who emerged first in 2018 when she won a prize at a beauty contest run by a magazine, seems to achieve it.

Specifically, the 23-year-old is praised by fans as an example of hattoshin (八頭身 or 八等身) — literally, “eight-heads body” — an classical ideal of beauty in Japan where the woman’s head should be an eighth the size of the body. In other words, she has a small face/head in a finely balanced proportion with her body (think Namie Amuro).

We’ve included a few pics from her recent shoots to showcase her beauty.

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Like what you see? Check out more pictures of Airi on our tumblr page.

Incidentally, this Airi Sato is not to be confused with the transgender porn star or the professional (and cute) female mahjong player both of the same name (and kanji).

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Japanese sex industry operator sues government over coronavirus cash relief discrimination

The Japanese government has stepped in with cash handouts for both citizens and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic in an attempt to offset the worst effects of the economic fallout. Offering a maximum of ¥2 million in a one-off lump sum to help pay rent, the money has been a lifeline for small companies like shops and restaurants.

But what about the sex industry? So far, operators of such services have been excluded from the relief program.

One woman has taken matters into her own hands, filing a lawsuit against the Japanese national government as well as two firms overseeing the administration side of the program. The woman operates a fuzoku, or sex industry, service in the Kansai region. though the lawsuit was filed at Tokyo District Court.

Call girl “delivery health” services, love hotel operators, brothels, and so on are not covered the scheme, something that the unnamed woman says is in violation of the Constitution, whose Article 14 stipulates equality for all.

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The woman was one of several sex business operators who met officials in June to ask to be included in the program. They were snubbed — told there was no precedent for fuzoku businesses to be covered, since past public handout programs such as those after natural disasters have not provided money to the sex industry.

Media reports first emerged of the woman’s intention to sue in August. “The state has yet to provide any convincing explanation” for the exclusion, she told Kyodo News at the time.

These sex operators are technically doing everything by the book in terms of taxation and complying with the law, her legal team argues. But the government is concerned about a public backlash if it gives money to something everyone in society knows exists, yet does not want to think about — much less support with the public coffers (even though such businesses are contributing to those coffers). No doubt, the government is also concerned about the industry’s traditional link to organized crime — and that relief money may go into the pockets of the yakuza. (Host and hostess clubs, though, have received money, at least in Tokyo.)

According to police numbers, Japan had 31,956 officially registered sex industry businesses nationwide — and many more illegal ones — as of the end of 2019. This was a very small increase of 0.1% from the previous year. Over 60% of these are delivery health or similar businesses that dispatch sex workers to clients, typically waiting in love hotel rooms.

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Ex-AKB48 idol Mariya Suzuki goes semi-nude for first photo book

Former AKB48 idol Mariya Suzuki (鈴木まりや) has stripped off for a semi-nude photo book.

The 29-year-old joined AKB48 in 2009 and transferred to Shanghai-based sister group SNH48 in 2012. She graduated in June 2017. She has since worked as an actress and maintained a following tens of thousands-strong on social media.

“Merenda” (presumably derived from the Italian word meaning “nuncheon”) is her debut photo book and is released on Monday. To promote it, Suzuki is appearing in gravure shoots in Flash, Entame, and Asagei Secret magazines. The project represents her first attempt at a full gravure photography shoot.

She looks stunning in black lingerie (check out those gloves!) but even better naked in the bath, barely covering her modesty with her hands. Does that qualify as a tebura “hand bra” shot? It’s become something of a requisite for any photo book these days.

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The photo book is coming out via an online photo book production and retail service called Photobook Base, which is run by a company that specializes in producing merchandise for YouTubers and Instagrammers.

Carving out a post-AKB career is notoriously difficult and only a few of the members of the supergroup have managed to achieve this — most of them the major idols who had established a reputation and following during the elections.

The rest — the dozens of minor members or “trainees” — are consigned to the dustbin of fandom upon graduation.

Recently, former AKB48 idol Kira Takahashi tried to boost her post-group fame with a semi-nude photo book — a strategy also adopted by Ayano Umeta (now working under then name Ayano Shimizu) and Nana Owada.

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Sumire reveals fit body and camel toe on TV show workout

Model Sumire is a prominent example of the “sporty celebrity” in Japan — similar to models like Anne Nakamura, Kazusa Okuyama, or Yuri Shibuya.

On a recently broadcast Japanese television show, the 30-year-old Sumire (who is the daughter of entertainer Junichi Ishida) showed off her athletic body and workout prowess for the cameras. Unfortunately for her (but not for us), she also revealed her camel toe.

The outline of her you-know-what (apparently fully shaved) was clearly visible underneath her tight leggings.

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Sumire (aka Sumire Matsubara) is fluent in English and has acted in roles on American TV shows.

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Alexandra Daddario nude sex scenes in Tokyo-set Lost Girls and Love Hotels

Following Earthquake Bird and The Forest, the latest American movie set in Tokyo is the recently released Lost Girls and Love Hotels.

Here’s the official blurb:

Margaret finds herself in the glittering labyrinth of Tokyo by night and as a respected English teacher of a Japanese flight attendant academy by day. With little life direction, She searches for meaning with fellow expat Ines in a Japanese dive bar, drinking to remember to forget and losing herself in love hotel encounters with men who satisfy a fleeting craving. When she crosses paths with Kazu, a dashing yakuza, she falls in love with him despite the danger and tradition that hinders their chances of being together. We follow her through the dark and light of love and what it means to find oneself abroad with a youthful abandon.

We reckon that tells you everything you need to know about the movie’s approach to Japan, Tokyo, and Japanese men.

The psychological drama does not, sadly, feature a Japanese actress in nude sex scenes, but fans of Alexandra Daddario are in for a treat. (Anyone seeking the former should check out Shiori Doi’s stunning sex scenes in River’s Edge or Korean actress Lee Eun-woo’s explicit scene in Kabukicho Love Hotel.)

The American star is shown in several nude sex scenes that take place, of course, in the titular love hotels. A few highlights are included below.

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The movie is a pretty cliched take on Tokyo, full of dark sex, damaged women tropes, and sleazy love hotel rooms lit in red tones. The reality of love hotels is, as we know, much more mundane and they focus increasingly on amenities and freebies aimed at young women.

Alexandra Daddario shows off her butt and breasts in the scenes in the film, which is also unafraid of indulging in that other Japanese film cliche of the dark and mysterious gangster with tattoos all over his body.

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