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I bonded with Phil (aka Angry Asian Man) this weekend over the decades we’ve spent crushing on Tamlyn Tomita. For me, Tamlyn is forever Kumiko from Karate Kid II, her film debut, with all of that wispy hair and that worried, downturned, but oh-so-pretty mouth. I’m pretty sure she’s the first Asian girl movie character I ever saw get the boy–albeit a skinny wuss who got his ass beat 12 times across three acts until the last 10 frames of the movie, but whatevs. Tamlyn has a Manchurian Candidate kind of effect on me, wherein I see her lovely face and then I break into an awful rendition of “The Glory of Love” that would most likely get me killed in Borneo.
Last night, Tamlyn had a cameo on the show we love to hate, Heroes, where she played Hiro’s mother, who dies when he’s a young child. And she looked goooooood. So good, in fact, that her playing the wife of George Takei seemed really creepy, as though George’s character had actually robbed the cradle. Tamlyn…what’s your secret, gurl?
It must be pretty hard to share the stage with Beyoncé and get noticed. This explains why, when you do see her performing with another artist, it’s usually with someone legendary, like Prince or Tina Turner. We can only imagine what her little sister Solange has to go through as “the other singer” in the family, and every time we see her pictured next to big sis, shrinking in B’s unearthly glow, we have this little sisterly urge to send her cookies and teddy bears.
But that’s exactly what happened during last week’s SNL, while we were watching Beyoncé work the cleavage and the legs up to here, the booty and the wind in her hair (midway through the first song, someone actually cued what seemed to be an industrial fan). That’s when we spied with our little eye a really hot Asian chick with cute bangs bangin’ on the keys. Her name is Rie Tsuji, and she hails from Saga, Japan, and she’s one of the two keyboardists in Beyoncé’s all-girl band, Suga Mama. Oh, also…bitch can play.
Here’s Rie during The Beyoncé Experience tour in 2007, busting with a solo:
Rie and the rest of the band will be touring in 2009 for Beyoncé’s most recent album, the crazazily-titled but undeniably catchy I Am… Sasha Fierce.
Occupation: Professional figure skater, hailing from Japan
Known for: her current reign as the Japanese Champion, World Champion, and Four Continents champion in ladies singles figure skating. These honors seem well deserved in light of Asada’s gold-medal victory at the 2008 World Championship in Gothenburg last Wednesday–she had wind beneath her wings, dude.
Happy 24th birthday to Japanese model-actress Karina! We love your fresh face… it makes us feel young again. Party on!
Forget psychedelics: The mind-fizzing tracks of Dokkebi Q–a UK electro-dub-punk outfit led by fierce performance artist Kiki Hitomi–make me feel like I’m passed out in a lazy dance club, having an anxiety dream that’s quickly turning into a sultry fantasy. If you enjoy such sensasians, rock some Dokkebi Q tonight. And if you don’t, spend some time gazing in awe at Hitomi’s smoking hotness (uh, see above) instead.
Word on the street is that the Q will be making an appearance at SXSW, so in preparasian, feel free to take a listen here.
Japanese supermodel, Sayoko Yamaguchi, has died at age 57 from acute pneumonia. Yamaguchi was the first Asian to appear in Shiseido ads when the Japanese company made the important decision to stop only using Caucasian models in their campaigns, and she was named one of the top models in the world by Newsweek in 1977. Yamaguchi went on do cool art and film projects, like “Fantasy Mode to Order” (where the above photo is from) and Pistol Opera, a cult film about a female assassin.
Click here to read full obit.
Occupation: Professional Tennis Player
Happy Birthday, Shinobu! May you enjoy many advantages, game-set-matches, and career highs in the coming year. In Japan, that is. Since that’s where you live.
We’re missing you at Wimbledon this year…hopefully you’re busy doing tequila drop-shots (definitely not Tila Tequila shots) at your birthday party!
Age: 19 (Estab. 1992)
Occupation: Fashion duo
Known for: rainwear, being married, bright patterns and prints, making people look modern and fashionable–one wacky textile at a time.
The new collection is up: eleykishimoto.com. Woohoo!
Japan Today reported yesterday that a Tokyo man was arrested for groping a woman who happened to be a female police officer. As many of you may already know, groping and sexual assault on Japan’s shockingly overcrowded public trains (commonly known as “chikan”–pervert) have shown themselves to be such epidemics that many lines have begun to offer female-only trains. Cool–a band-aid solution, at best, but at the very least a well-intended effort.
Which is why I am shocked and disgusted to see this kind of horrible assault depicted in yet another f’ing weird offensive Asian porn video. It’s so mind-blowingly wrong, I can’t embed it on our site, but you can access the *INCREDIBLY NSFW* piece here.
THIS SHIT IS WRONG. IF THERE WAS A WORD FOR “MORE WRONG THAN WRONG” I WOULD USE THAT WORD. THIS IS DISGRASIAN AT ITS VERY DEEPEST CORE.
I’ve gotta add: The train rape fetish is truly bad enough, but the fact that the commentators on the site don’t seem to realize how absolutely grave and wrong it is, is what truly makes me sick to my stomach.
And so, to all those involved in the persistence of CHIKAN, you are Disgrasian of the Weak. Surely you can do better.
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