Top 10: The Most Beautiful Japanese Actresses
10. Yui Aragaki
Yui Aragaki was born on June 6, 1988. She is a Japanese idol,model, actress, singer, voice actress and occasional radio show host. She is particularly recognized for her beauty and her movie projects.
She won the Film prize at the 45th Golden Arrow Awards in 2008. Her tremendous number of movie shoots as well as the preparation for her debut album resulted in her suffering from work-related stress in 2007.
Outside acting she also released her first album, Sora, and the single "Heavenly Days", a song from Koizora. "Memories", the theme song for Tokyo Serendipity, was included in her debut album. She also performed at Budokan.
She was also the co-hosts for popular radio program Girls Locks from 2010-2012.
9. Aya Ueto
Aya Ueto was born on September 14, 1985. She is a Japanese actress, singer, model, tarento, and occasional radio personality. Aya was discovered when she participated in the 7th Japan Bishōjo Contest, where she won the special jury prize.At the age of thirteen, she made her acting debut, in the film Satsujinsha: Killer of Paraiso (1999).
Aya's breakthrough came when she was cast as a high school student suffering from gender identity disorder (GID), in the sixth season of the long-running TBS drama 3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi-sensei. Her critically acclaimed performance led to several leading roles and endorsements, eventually establishing herself as one of Japan's most recognizable faces.
As one of Japan's most ubiquitous celebrities, Aya constantly appears on billboards, shop windows and train adverts, and has held the annual title of CM Queen five times since 2004.
8. Yuriko Yoshitaka
Yuriko Yoshitaka was born on July 22, 1988. She is a Japanese actress who is represented by the Japanese agency Amuse.
Yuriko made her acting debut in 2006. She was given the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Hitomi Kanehara's award-winning novel Snakes and Earrings in 2007. Portraying Lui, a teenager whose life goes into a downward spiral after meeting the forked-tongued and tattooed Ama, the role was her breakthrough role.
The Japanese public began to take notice of her, and in a poll conducted by Oricon, Yoshitaka was the fifth promising young actress of 2009 and 2009's freshest female celebrity. In 2010, Oricon again conducted a poll on the most promising actress and she managed climb up to top the poll.
She played Tae Kojima in the two-part 2011 live-action adaptation of the sci-fi and action manga Gantz. She also took the lead role in Kōji Maeda's movie Konzen Tokkyū, portraying a young woman dating multiple men in hopes of finding the right one to marry. It premiered in Spring 2011.
7. Erika Toda
Erika Toda was born on August 17, 1988. She is a Japanese actress. She has starred in many Japanese television dramas, including Liar Game,Code Blue,Ryusei no Kizuna, and Keizoku 2: SPEC. She has also had supporting roles in many other popular TV dramas, such as Boss, Nobuta wo Produce, Engine, and Gal Circle. In the manga adaptation movie, Death Note, she played the role of Misa Amane.
6. Maki Horikita
Maki Horikita was born on October 6, 1988. She is a Japanese actress. She debuted in 2003 and has starred in numerous Japanese television dramas, television and magazine advertisements, and movies. Horikita's popular roles include the introverted high school student Nobuko Kotani in Nobuta wo Produce, the righteous law student Tsurara Yoshikawa in Kurosagi, and the cross-dressing sports fan Mizuki Ashiya in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e.
Her first NHK asadora project came in 2012 through Umechan Sensei in which she led the cast as a teenager who blossomed into a town doctor during the Showa era.
In early 2009, she also dubbed a character from the Belgian 3D animated movie Nat's Space Adventure 3D/Fly Me to the Moon. She provided the Japanese voice of the protagonist, a young male fly who was determined to explore outer space.
5. Erika Sawajiri
Erika Sawajiri was born on April 8, 1986. She is a Japanese actress, also active as a model and singer. She became popular after appearing in the nonfiction Japanese television drama 1 Litre of Tears, playing the role of a girl who suffered from the intractable diseases pinocerebellar degeneration (SCD).
She got her big break when she was cast in the TBS TV drama Hotman. Her most notable role was in 1 Litre of Tears in 2005 when she portrayed a girl with the degenerative disease spinocerebellar degeneration.
She first started her music career under the name "Kaoru Amane", the name of her character in her last drama, the TV adaptation of A Song to the Sun (Taiyo no Uta). The single went into number 1 in its second and fourth week. It was certified Triple Platinum for cell phone downloads of 750,000.
She was originally scheduled to star in the live action film version of Space Battleship Yamato but was replaced by Meisa Kuroki.
4. Kyoko Fukada
Kyoko Fukada was born on November 2, 1982. She is a Japanese actress and singer. In Japan, her name is sometimes contracted to the nickname Fukakyon. She won the award for Best Actress at the Yokohama Film Festival for Kamikaze Girls.
She debuted in 1987 with her first appearance in the television drama Sore ga Kotae da! as Kazune. Fukada appeared in her first movie Ring 2 as Kanae Sawaguchi in 1999 and in later in School Day of the Dead, released in 2000. That same year, she graduated from Horikoshi High School.
In 2002, she made an appearance in Dolls as Haruna. Fukada is also a J-pop singer and her debut single "The Last Fruit" led to her album Dear, both released in 1999.
3. Nozomi Sasaki
Nozomi Sasaki was born on February 8, 1988. She is simply known as Nozomi during her fashion modeling career, is a Japanese glamour model and former professional fashion model from Akita.
After working as a fashion model for nearly 7 years, she has become famous as a gravure idol and main ringside commentator / spokesperson for the mixed martial arts competition Dream Fighting Championships and the kickboxing competition K-1 World Max since 2009.
In 2010, she started her music career, debuting with the single "Kamu to Funyan" which featured rapper Astro and was used in the tie-in commercials for Lotte Fit's Chewing Gum. Sasaki's debut album Nozomi Collection was released on April 18, 2012.
She was given the nickname "No Mercy" for her countless reported atrocities toward other show-business girls she worked with in her teenage years, especially toward actresses, glamour models, and fashion models from foreign countries, whom she considered to be "fat."
2. Keiko Kitagawa
Keiko Kitagawa was born on August 22, 1986. She is a Japanese actress and former model. She was an exclusive model for the Japanese Seventeen magazine from late 2003 to mid-2006, and left modeling when she left the magazine.
Her first acting role was Sailor Mars in the Sailor Moon live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-4), and after her role in the film Mamiya Kyōdai, she left modeling to concentrate on acting.
She describes herself as a stay-at-home person, and likes watching DVDs, listening to music, and reading books. When asked what she would do if the world was going to end tomorrow, she said "read books".She also likes swimming, particularly backstroke. She has a pet (male) cat, called Jill.
1. Yukie Nakama
Yukie Nakama was born on October 30, 1979. She is a Japanese actress, singer and former idol. She was born in Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan, into a fisherman's family, the youngest of five siblings.
At the start of her career she was a gravure idol and singer (her debut single "Moonlight to Daybreak" was released in 1996), and appeared in bit roles until her career breakthrough playing Sadako in "Ring 0: Birthday (2000)."
In 2000, Yuki demonstrated her talent for comedy with her lead role in theJapanese television drama Trick which proved so popular that it had two more seasons and three film versions, but it was the top-rating 2002 TV series Gokusen, a live-action version of the popular manga, that established her as one of Japan's most popular and bankable actresses. Gokusen continued on for 3 seasons, which had many cameo appearances by actors who were on previous seasons. She is also known for her role in the drama, Saki, which co-starred Shohei Miura.