The presents have been opened, the dinners have been consumed, and the awkward family moments have been experienced. But on this pathetic excuse for a blog, it’s never a full proper Christmas without cute Japanese idols in slutty Santa outfits! So here in all its twenty-page glory is Young Gangan‘s “Christmas Gift” photobooklet with some of the finest faces (and bodies) to grace the covers of men’s interest magazines in Japan throughout the past year.
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As a gravure idol who seems to be in every magazine and tops the popularity polls consistently, it’s hard to imagine a time when Akina Minami was still young and fresh and you needed serious Google-fu to find good pictures of her. But here she is, before the dye job and the haircut, from an early image.tv photoshoot titled “Egao no Riyuu” (Reason to Smile).
In a world where protecting the innocence of “the children” is more important than giving them a decent education or teaching them good health and eating habits, it is practically a rite of passage that when a school-age idol gets herself a photobook, half the fan community must throw themselves into an uproar about the inappropriateness of such a young girl posing for such licentious photos. (Meanwhile, the other half of the fan community is quietly going “YESSSSSS!! DO WANT!”) Part of this uproar, of course, involves counting how many times said idol is photographed wearing the common two-piece swimsuit, or “bikini,” which—if we are to believe these moralizing busybodies—is the universal symbol of societal and cultural decay.
Those who have had the sweet, delectable pleasure of looking through
Heir Long Peach Child Momoko Tsugunaga’s fourth photobook, Momochiiii, may have thought to themselves at some point, “Is it just me or are there a lot more bikini pics in this compared to her last one?” And it is not an isolated phenomenon, either—practically anytime you read an idol’s photobook, you’re probably keeping a mental tally of how many times she appears on the beach, or playing at the pool, or exploring the river bank, or lazing around the house and for some wacky reason all her clothes fell off. What we seek to prove today, is to determine whether or not Momo is actually showing off her peaches more often than usual.