An UP♥DATE with 福留佑子…a gravure idol in focus.

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.

Fukudome Yuko’s shashinshuu “Prime” can be ordered here at Amazon Japan.

Fukudome Yuko’s “Ka.bu.ri.tsu.ki” DVD can be ordered here through sellers associated with Amazon Japan. (note: DVD is out of print).

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♥”……..

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…”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. ^ ^

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~oyasumi~

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Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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40 Responses to An UP♥DATE with 福留佑子…a gravure idol in focus.

  1. CK says:

    okaaaaayyyyy, I guess this is one of those posts I will need to have that "protection" for. MB, I love when you do gravure posts (CK dreams of Haruchan). Yuko is a hot idol! Those pics from "Prime" are amazing…And are you sure you have never dreamt of swinging from a tree in your undergarments? Come to think of it, not only have I dreamt it, I think I have done it…Those wacky college days!

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  2. Zush says:

    [ciò è buono]

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  3. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    I was shocked when I saw this post kind a different post from other, just reacting, :)) but this is good,:))

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  4. anninjapan says:

    wwoowow なにこれ?
    sexy pix ne … おもしろい!!

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  5. LazyMan1 says:

    WoW japan can be so different from America at times. Even though I am not into the Gravure Idol thing i have to admit she is cute.

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  6. Alezra says:

    She is indeed really cute… Her face is really beautiful i guess so is her body :3 ❤
    *Hugs*

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  7. OMG! This girl is GORGEOUS!!! Who is she MB?my god!!!lolE

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  8. Awwwww…lol yes~! you must be *careful*!! XD She really didn't appear this way in UTB so it was all very unexpected! 😮 Yukochan's is definitely one of the sexier shashinshuu that I have……hmmm more gravurel idol posts hoshii? OMG!..you didn't?!! (・_・)!! You did?! LOL..no no no no! no matter what my state of mind is (merlot induced or not! XD ) I would never!!!! =)

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  9. Un~! she does have a resemblance to Maimichan…..and I'm thinking maybe Kumachan too~! ^ ^ It's her *smile* though which is so pretty!! Beautiful eyes too~. =)

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  10. I don't post too many gravure idols..actually there's only a few that I'm a bit familiar with but Yukochan always *sparkled* a bit more~. =) They present her in such a sexy manner that it makes me *blush*(*´∀`*).

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  11. A~h her shashinshuu is really a bit different from other posts here…but then I thought *cute* is always good so okay!~. =) But very *sexy* too for sure~. ^ ^

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  12. It's amazing how Japan's culture embraces so many things that would be unimaginable elsewhere……..the entire shashinshuu concept being so "foreign" to the U.S. especially. In so many aspects age doesn't seem to hold much back in Japan…they're culture is definitely unique~. =) I think Yukochan has the most wonderful *smile*. ( ̄▽ ̄)

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  13. She has some of the most *adorable* facial expressions~…..and just the most wonderfully sincere *smile* =). I think she's a bit thin though….although I can't really say much in this regard as I'm sort of the same maybe a little…nah! I think she's thinner! :/

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  14. LOL!….she's quite *sexy* ne~ E! XD And I didn't even choose all of her *spicier* photos to post here!…(^q^) Fukudome Yuko used to appear in numerous idol magazines just a few years ago but she released just one more shashinshuu after this one. Both are definitely "gravure" releases maybe even more so her DVD I think. I haven't followed her career since so I'm not sure if she's still modeling or where her career has taken her after these releases.

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  15. LazyMan1 says:

    Thats what makes this a fun exciting World there is so much awesome cultures to experience that is so different from our own and yea she does have a cute smile.

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  16. Even though I'm pure Japanese, because I was raised here in Hawaii so much of Japan's culture is so different from what I was brought up around here. My grandparents held up many traditions but it's really up to us to keep our heritage going ne~. =) (*sigh*)…If it weren't for my extreme fear of flying and need for more funds! XD..I would ~♥~ to experience so much of other cultures around the world first hand~. o(*´∀`)o゛

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  17. LazyMan1 says:

    Yea i know what you mean my parent were born and raised in America but 3 of my Grandparents were born in Spain and 1 was from Germany in which i would love to visit those places but my College is sucking all my money from me making it impossible lol course i love to visit Japan as well teehee =)

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  18. Wow you have an amazing heritage! =) We both have our families moving to the U.S. in common….kyaaaaa! college is so expensive!!! (;´□`) Gambatte ne~! ^ ^ Here's hoping that we both can make it to see the home of our roots! (*´∀`*)

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  19. LazyMan1 says:

    hai soo desu ne.

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  20. o(*´∀`)o゛…うん~!

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  21. James says:

    See, this is why I love you so much MB, you have the perfect eye for cute~! 😀 She's beautiful, sexy and cute all at the same time~! I don't think she's too thin, but that's me….. and you don't need to eat more, unless you feel hungry 😛 And her smile would melt ice ^_^ I love the culture and sub-cultures of Japan because, in part, they're not…… prudish, perhaps that's the word…. like the majority of the western world is (… I imagine something like this would induce conniption fits in the western media XD Which is totally stupid, ne~? …) Also, I'm not afraid to say that I like Gravure Idols (… I'm a true sucker for cute in any way, shape or form XD …), not all gravure idols though, just the cute 😀 Oh, and this is another of her PB's =] I think I may have to venture into buying some things from Amazon Japan (… it kind of scares me though :s …)

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  22. anninjapan says:

    hehe そうだね。。。sexy!!
    like ur last blog entry too…funny!!
    u like eating sushi too? i just became to be able to eat sushi in 2007/2008 and now i enjoy sushi 😉 (before 2007 it was a yuck….nooo!!)
    it cost me only 1,000 yen lastnight (3 of us…2,992 yen)
    cheap right?

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  23. Matsu says:

    Bikurishita!! That totally caught me off guard!I find it interesting because most girls won't do that in Japan…(cough) not that I've met a girl that would do that..(cough). Anyhow she if attractive but 17 is still a bit young to be posing like that in a PB and same thing goes for all of the idol groups.

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  24. wow,she is indeed hot,btw,that girl is probably the female version of tarzan you know.
    wait,i shouldn't be commenting on this post,I'm 13,i'll be going now. ._.;

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  25. Ahhhhh It sounds like you have a new *crush*! =) Yukochan is definitely really *pretty* and *sexy*!! LOL do I need to update my *cuddle list*???
    XD Umm….I'm always being told that I'm sort of too thin though! :/
    It's like….."eat this"…."try this"……."that's why your soooo
    skinny!" XD That's a typical conversation at work whenever someone
    shares or we have a pot luck~. 😛 You're absolutely right and
    I agree so much with you! =) It's such a different world in this sense
    in Japan……..and unimaginable in the U.S. for sure.
    LOL…'prudish'..very good word to describe it! OMG this would never be
    allowed here either……I can't even imagine what would then happen
    with media and other overreactions. 😮 Ahhh I think it's totally okay
    to adore gravure idols. They're cute….cute is good……they're
    sexy…sexy is good……often adorable…adorable is always good! Ah~
    yokatta! ^ ^ I think it's great if you can help to support
    and………….um adore Yukochan in any way possible! =) Umm…my
    brother has her second pb……maybe I can sneak it away and scan it
    too~! XD

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  26. Ehhhhh~! I wasn't quite sure what you meant at first when you mentioned 1000yen! 😮 Kyaaaaa! I wish I could have sushi for that price too here! ………(゜∀゜)……… It's so much more expensive everywhere…..Wow so lucky! (*´∀`*)Ohhh I still have friends who won't ever even try sushi no matter what! (・_・) But I do understand that the whole *raw* fish thingie can be quite different…..I'm so happy that you've grown to love sushi! A~h! oishii oishii!!! yabai! yabai! yabai! XD

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  27. Gomen ne~…….I know it's so different but I just think that she's so *cute* and I wanted to share. =) LOL…..Um……….so who is she?…(^q^) This *girl* you speak of….(・c_・;)?Kidding!! XD The culture is so different in Japan…you're so lucky to experience it first hand, but if the model does consent to a gravure photo book then I guess it should really be okay ne~. ?? Age is regarded so differently in various cultures…although Japan does press the age (issue) so much in this sense….interestingly though it really is a very part of their very culture. ^ ^

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  28. LOL!…..um you're referring to the tree swinging thingie ne~ XD. (*sigh*)…it is really a surreal visual…..surely this never occurs in *real* life! Hai~ hai….this is a very mature post. =)

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  29. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    haha, btw, all of this pages came only from one magazine??

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  30. Matsu says:

    Daijoubu!No need to apologize the post was good…just unexpected. LOLAnyhow you are right, the culture is very different than the US and because of the difference of opinion in age of gravure models and that has created a bit of controversy in the US. In my opinion its fine just as long its not under the age of 17 with AV poses(I feel so awkward saying this~ XD). And..(cough)..no word on the girl…maybe some other time..(cough). haha!

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  31. All of the scan are from her debut shashinshuu "Prime" and the screencaps are from her DVD "Ka.bu.ri.tsu.ki♥." =)

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  32. E~h???!!!……um I guess they can be too mature though! XD I do wonder with the culture in Japan being so different how idols view the ways in which they are presented at times…it's such another world there in this sense so perhaps it's not as controversial I imagine in their eyes perhaps? Awwww lol! me thinks you're being *shy* here~! =)

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  33. Matsu says:

    The funny thing is that no matter how long you live in Japan, Japan is always a mystery and especially the pop world. (cough)…I am not..(cough).

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  34. Ahh you're a lucky to live in Japan for sure! =) Experiencing the culture first hand must be so amazing and eye opening I imagine~. Awwwww…..…(u_u*)

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  36. Mike Avila says:

    Lol! Sexy smile for sure! ^^ I might have to help the Japanese economy again! 😉

    I’m thinking of the Salvidore Dali painting of the clock hanging over the tree… You don’t have half naked women hanging from trees in Hawaii?! Think of them as luscious fruit! :p

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    • I was looking up his art and he painted some really out there images didn’t he :O?! It’s amazing too like how you have to really stare at and study some of his paintings and yet some of it’s baffling….like with stairs going I don’t know where :P. His imagination was amazing. I might be confusing two painters with some images though I’m not sure??…..Escher? Dali? A~h xD. lol no naked girls playing in trees here either…(^q^)! Fukudome Yuko had a peak of popularity back when she was appearing in Young Jump so much and she grew up with so many cute junior idols too at the time….her second pb is quite sexy* too!

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      • SagSousuke says:

        Hum… “stairs going I don

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        • SagSousuke says:

          Hum… “stairs going I don’t know where” sure sounds like Escher’s work.

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          • Oh yes definitely Escher :P! I love that stairs painting!! There’s a jazz album by Chick Corea where they did some Escher like art…….one had these little man~forms walking all around those type of stairs which lead to places which boggles your mind =). I had a bit of a jazz period for me awhile ago but most of those CDs are sadly now in storage……with me finally getting an iPod I’d sure like to add so many songs to it but then I think I’d run out of memory too soon if I also added my jazz catalog to my J~pop/ pop one =/.

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