Some of the following photography is of a mature nature so if you’re a younger visitor you should avoid scrolling down or viewing this post.
It’s been awhile since I last posted about a gravure idol here…tonight’s visual focus will be Fukudome Yuko and part of the real irony here is that while some of the photography presented in her debut shashinshuu are rather on the mature side she herself was 17 at the time of this release..(sensual photography not nudity of course!) Japan’s idol culture has long been one of contradiction in that while laws prohibit the youth under a set age not to appear on live broadcasts after a set time of the early evening (seemingly to protect) there really doesn’t seem to be any barriers holding back the very essence in which idols may be presented in official publications.
The very existence of the acronym “U” (“Under”) which precedes various ages of idols to categorize them into age says a lot in this regard and while cinema continues to feel a form of “censorship” which is all but non existent in other countries, it has lended itself to be leaked into other avenues of artistic expression…most notably the anime market where the extreme is often pushed to “adult” standards. Whether or not this is really a form of suppression on their society can be left up to debate but whilst this contradiction remains, what continues to be true is the unbarred presentation and expression of idols in Japan.
UTB has gradually grown into somewhat of a more mature publication over the years but it remains to keep a younger audience as well as many of its idols and content are catering towards its youthful audience. In recent issues a distinct change towards an older audience is clearly visible in their inclusion of much more mature pictorial as well as older idols making regular appearances….many in much more “spicier” photo shoots.
Fukudome Yuko appeared in Young Jump as well as UTB issues just a few years ago and going from a simple pictorial to her debut pb what I found surprising at first glance at its arrival is the cover which you see to the right. It really wasn’t what I was expecting and while here in the U.S. an idol of Yuko’s age being presented in such a sexy way would be unheard of…….(although we do have those youth beauty pageants) in Japan it’s clearly the norm as it’s notably a thriving market in their society from past to the present.
A very nice surprise was seeing that Yukochan signed her entire set of first pressings of her debut pb…..(photo: above;top left)..as it adds a most personalized touch to those not fortunate enough to attend a premier book signing in person in Japan. =)
Yukochan’s most striking feature has to be her *smile*~ (￣▽￣)…….free of apprehension or pretense she has one of the most beautifully natural *smiles* ever I think!……….matched but perhaps not exceeded! =) She’s really really ＊pretty＊ and on her DVD her fun personality really comes out as well~! I was thinking that she’s a bit thin but I won’t be one to judge as I could probably use a few more pounds, or at least I’ve been told (._.;)! It’s grown into sort of a running joke aimed at me by co-workers…..”you really should eat something!” 😮
Again, some of the scans below from her debut pb “Prime” are quite on the “spicy” side………you’ve been warned! XD Scroll down at your own risk! 😛 But many are on the ultra *adorable* cute side to counter…..so there’s an alluring blend of sweet & sexy throughout her release making it quite a visual stunner to put it mildly! 😮
…………but first while the scans below are loading through your browser, here you can…..um watch Yukosan apply some skin lotion above~. XD She’s quite the *sensual* idol too~. o(*´∀｀)o゛And here’s a few screencaps from her debut DVD “Ka.bu.ri.tsu.ki♥”……..
…”か.ブ.リ.ツ.キ♥” has a running time of approximately 50 minutes with an additional 10 minutes of shashinshuu making of footage including some candid funny moments and a few bloopers~. While most of the chapters are dedicated towards *girl* candy there are a few thoughtful moments of dialog as well as a showcase of Yukochan’s background in hip/hop dance~.
The following scans are from her debut shashinshuu “Prime”…
…………now here’s where it gets interesting~…..um as all girls truly dream of heading down to the park…partially undressing and then swinging from a tree!! Wheeeee!!!! Okay, kidding!! I’ve never dreamt of doing such a thing ever!…(^q^)…..(*sigh*) the life of a gravure idol. ＾ ＾