ikemen

Our Japanese-language reporter dishes on the differences between cool guys in Tokyo and Osaka

Seiji Nakazawa, our Osaka-raised correspondent, shares what he thinks the region-based criteria are for ikemen in Japan’s two major cites.

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11th annual Mister International contest crowns its most handsome winner【Photos】

Out of the 35 contestants, where does Japan place?

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Female anime fans reveal the Studio Ghibli character they most want to date in real life

Surprisingly, the male stars of Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away don’t top the list, according to this survey.

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Welcome the New Year with a calendar of hunky Japanese farmers 【Pics】

If this is what Japanese farmers look like, you can stick me on a train to the nearest country town.

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Pac-Man rickshaw rides available for a limited time around Asakusa’s famous Senso-ji temple

The magical rides include mysterious “invisible” ghosts chasing the carriage, which can be seen by passers-by.

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Personified drinks are are singing, dancing and “Making Love” as Cocktail Princes in Japan

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.

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Hearts are a-flutter over the handsome man behind Japanese city’s hero mascot【Photos】

Forget the mascot – we want the man behind the mask!

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Hot and handsome rickshaw pullers poised to become the newest crush of women across Japan

These guys don’t need a cool car to catch a girl’s eye.

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Meet your “Bath Time Boyfriend” and let these hot guys pamper you in the bath!

Want to feel a little special in the bath? These hot guys (ikemen) in anime form can help you with that!

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Japanese chocolates come to life as ikemen “hot guy” anime characters

Say hello to six chocolates in handsome human form.

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Anime store offers men romantic “kabe-don” experience with male staff on Valentine’s Day

Male customers can receive same-sex kabe-don with romantic ear-whispering from the staff member of their choice this Valentine’s Day.

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“Real Boyfriend” rental service offers dates with more realistic types of men aged from 19 to 57

Forget about renting an obviously unbelievable hottie; these rental boyfriends charm with more attainable good looks.

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Lotte’s anime “Gum Boys” protect teeth as samurai from the Shinsengumi

Lotte’s gum brands become samurai warriors from the Shinsengumi and fight to protect a tooth that claims to be a high school girl.

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Shabani the gorilla is so handsome he’ll be appearing on sweets in Japan this Valentine’s Day

From chocolates to primate “poop”, fans of Shabani the handsome gorilla have a lot to look forward to this Valentine’s Day.

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Soon-to-be-released: Special collection book of anime-style beautiful boys

Can’t get enough of bishonen (beautiful boy) manga characters? Look out for the new book, Boy Meets…Graph, featuring work from famous illustrators.

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Renting a hot guy to make you cry and dry your tears? We try Tokyo’s newest cathartic service

Because sometimes you need a little help on the way to and from a good cry.

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Feeling cold at night? Tokyo company will dispatch a hot guy to your place for a chaste sleepover

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.

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Japan’s phenomenally handsome gorilla getting nationwide DVD release

A DVD of Japan’s “hottest primate” is set to go on sale nationwide in December.

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Like good-looking men? Now you can get your own ikemen hot guy in a bag…of chips!

Who isn’t fond of a little eye candy, right? Yup, we all like to take a look at good-looking guys (and gals) from time to time. But now, Japanese brand and product promotion company ESSPRIDE is giving us the chance to enjoy ikemen (hot guys) in a completely unexpected way…by pulling one out of a bag of chips!

That’s right, we present to you Ikemen Chips, a unique snack that comes with a special “hot guy card“, each featuring a picture and profile of an ikemen. And what makes the product especially interesting is that they’re actually regular guys working at various Japanese companies who have submitted their pictures and information to be made into the ikemen cards!

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TV program featuring hot men visiting hot springs to release DVD and photobook this month

Alright ladies, so you’ve spent all day at the office, or out running errands, or cleaning up house and cooking for everyone and taking care of the kids, or maybe even all of the above. Now you want to reward yourself, unwind, and relax in front of the TV or with a good book. Why not let this group of good-looking fellows help you recuperate?

After all, that was the thought behind the creation of the TV show Men’s Onsen, and what could be more rewarding than watching this handsome bunch, clad in nothing but towels, taking a dip in one of Japan’s many hot springs?

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