Femininity, when it comes to women, is highly regarded in Japanese culture. Japan has its own beauty standards that tend to vary from the rest of the world. For instance, some standards of Japanese beauty include big eyes, curly eyelashes, double eyelids, fair/pale skin, high-bridged nose, a petite/thin figure, long legs and a slim/small face. Perhaps that is why Japanese women are among the most beautiful women in the world and admired all over the world for their beauty. The following top 10 most beautiful Japanese women in 2016 exemplify all of the standards of beauty in Japanese culture and are just outright attractive.
10. Keiko Kitagawa
Otakus, both from and outside of Japan, recognize Keiko Kitagawa as Sailor Mars, the character she played in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, the live action series of the anime, Sailor Moon. The 29 year old Japanese actress dreamed of being a doctor while she was growing up and she would have been quite a gorgeous doctor had she pursued that career. Nonetheless, Keiko eventually won the Miss Seventeen 2003 and ended up becoming a model in 2006. Ever since, she has also starred in a number of films, including Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
9. Nakama Yukie
In Japan, many actresses tend to have a teeny-bopper image, and Nakama Yukie is among the ones who have managed to break free and steer clear of it. Today, she is a very popular and revered actress in the country. Considering how beautiful she is, it is not surprising that she was once a gravure idol/model. Her acting career kicked off ever since she starred in as Sadako, a vengeful spirit, in the 2000 Japanese horror film, Ring 0: Birthday.
8. Miyako Miyazaki
Following a 15-year period in which Japan had not been a part of the Miss Universe pageant; Miyako Miyazaki represented her country in the contest. The 37 year old actress and fashion model happens to be 5’7″ tall. It was back in 2003, when she won the Miss Universe Japan competition and subsequently entered the Miss Universe pageant the same year. While she did not win, she was the 4th runner up. During the pageant, Miyako wore a very darning and stylish bikini-like night gown that she is still remembered for.
7. Reon Kadena
This 29 year old, Osaka-born actress was once a gravure idol. In fact, she was merely 18 years old a collection of her nude photos were published in Naked Reon, a photobook by Asahi Press. She has also made numerous appearances in glamour videos, such as the Reon Style video that Geneon Entertainment released in September 2005. While Reon has starred in many mainstream films and television dramas, including a Kamen Rider film, but she began her acting career with a role in Piikan Fūfu, an erotic drama.
6. Nozomi Sasaki
Reon Kadena has been a fashion model ever since she was a teenager. It was not until the late 2000s that she began modeling for fashion magazines too and by late 2007, she was also modeling for Pinky fashion magazine, becoming its featured model by 2008. She even gave gravure modeling a shot. While she does not have much acting experience, she has starred in quite a few television commercials. This beautiful, multi-talented Japanese woman worked for K-1 and has even sung a couple of songs.
5. Mao Inoue
Along with being remarkably beautiful, Mao Inoue also happens to be a very versatile actress. She made her debut in 1999 as a U-15 idol. Ever since, she has stared in loads of dramas and films. Her first film was Check It Out, Yo! from 2006. Along with a flourishing acting career, she even has numerous print and television endorsement, while she also happens to be a voice actress as well. In the 2014 anime film, Go! Anpanman: Take it!, she provided the voice of Anpanman.
4. Maria Ozawa
She may not exactly be a mainstream actress, but her exotic beauty cannot be denied. Maria Ozawa is actually a former Japanese Adult Video (JAV) actress and actress. Considering that her father is French-Canadian, it is not surprising that she is fluent in English. Among those who actually watch JAVs, both abroad and in Japan, Maria is highly admired and popular. Although she was just 19 years old when she began starring in JAVs, quite some time has passed since she left the adult film industry.
3. Kurara Chibana
Kurara Chibana is the former Miss Universe runner-up from 2006, so it should be understand why she is the third most beautiful Japanese woman on this list. Taking part in the Miss Universe content opened door to plenty of great opportunities for Kurara. Along with being beautiful, she apparently has a kind hear too, considering that she has worked with the WFP, visiting impoverished African countries in order to help. At the same time, Kurar is also a prominent model in Japan, while she has even released her own fashion books too.
2. Rie Miyazawa
At the beginning of her acting, Rie Miyazawa had always starred in film and television roles of the innocent girl-next door type. Hence, it was shocking for her fans when she starred in the erotic drama film, Erotic Liasons, and subsequently shed off her clothes for “Santa Fe,” a photo book that contains nude photos of Rie. Despite initial public outrage, she became even more famous after almost two million copies of the photo book were sold. Her life took darker and grim turn after her break-up from a sumo star she was in a relationship with.
1. Masami Nagasawa
For some, the 28 year old actress may not be as popular as she once was during the initial days of her career, but she is certainly as pretty as she ever was. At one time, Masami was also known for having very beautiful legs. She was still in her teenage years when she began acting, becoming a star almost instantly. She was even handpicked to star Gunjo, the second Japanese film that 20th Century Fox produced. Most recently, she starred in the live action film version of the manga, I Am a Hero.
Conclusion: While all of the above ten women come from different areas of the Japanese entertainment industry and have pursued similar career, one thing they truly have in common is their eye-catching beauty. Hence, they really are the top 10 most beautiful Japanese women in 2016.