Another unusual beauty contest makes news in Japan.
These are the features currently making people swoon across the country.
Seiji Nakazawa, our Osaka-raised correspondent, shares what he thinks the region-based criteria are for ikemen in Japan’s two major cites.
Out of the 35 contestants, where does Japan place?
Surprisingly, the male stars of Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away don’t top the list, according to this survey.
If this is what Japanese farmers look like, you can stick me on a train to the nearest country town.
The magical rides include mysterious “invisible” ghosts chasing the carriage, which can be seen by passers-by.
If there’s any trend our posts in the past couple of years have shown, it’s that the Japanese can and will personify absolutely anything.
Forget the mascot – we want the man behind the mask!
These guys don’t need a cool car to catch a girl’s eye.
Want to feel a little special in the bath? These hot guys (ikemen) in anime form can help you with that!
Say hello to six chocolates in handsome human form.
Male customers can receive same-sex kabe-don with romantic ear-whispering from the staff member of their choice this Valentine’s Day.
Forget about renting an obviously unbelievable hottie; these rental boyfriends charm with more attainable good looks.
Lotte’s gum brands become samurai warriors from the Shinsengumi and fight to protect a tooth that claims to be a high school girl.
From chocolates to primate “poop”, fans of Shabani the handsome gorilla have a lot to look forward to this Valentine’s Day.
Can’t get enough of bishonen (beautiful boy) manga characters? Look out for the new book, Boy Meets…Graph, featuring work from famous illustrators.
Ikebukuro-based company provides a shoulder to cry on and arms to sleep in by dispatching hot guys to spend the night at lonely women’s homes.
A DVD of Japan’s “hottest primate” is set to go on sale nationwide in December.