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Nanami Sakuraba and Yuu Tejima: Two Japanese Gravure Idols That Deserve Attention

Updated on September 8, 2018

A first look at Nanami Sakuraba


Nanami Sakuraba Profile and Basic Statistics

In this article, we will look at the lives and careers of Nanami Sakuraba and Yuu Tejima. Who is Nanami Sakuraba?


  • Date of birth: October 17, 1992 (25 years old)
  • Zodiac sign: Libra
  • Blood Type: O
  • Talent Agency: Sweet Power (This is the same agency that Maki Horikita is signed to.)

Some thoughts about the topic: Nanami Sakuraba

There are people in the modeling industry that have this look about them that makes them look so cute and angel-like. Nanami Sakuraba is one such person. This Japanese supermodel (gravure idol) and actress is a native of Kagoshima, Japan. She is cute and has a nice face but I would probably say that I think Ai Shinozaki is cuter in spite of her large breast size. In continuing with the pattern of covering the lives of celebrities, Nanami is another one of them that may not receive as much coverage but she should. With that stated, every person's definition of what they consider to be cute will be different.

Nanami Sakuraba: her movie roles in brief

As of this writing, Nanami has appeared in several movies. This section will not mention all of them. Some of them are Tengoku no Bus and Akai Ito in 2008, Summer Wars in 2009, Runaway Beat, and Cheers from Heaven. She was set to star in The After-Dinner Mysteries in 2013 as I began to research about her career. In 2009, she appeared in a Softbank mobile phone commercial. Sakuraba has also had roles in several TV dramas starting in 2009. The first one was “Koishite Akuma-Vampire Boy.” The following year in 2010, she starred in “Iryu: Team Medical Dragon 3.” In 2011, she starred in “99 Days With the Superstar” and a TV drama called delusional Investigation: A Stylish Life of Associate Professor Koichi Kuwagata.” She was scheduled to play in the TV drama “Last Hope” in 2013 playing the role of a nurse.

A few photos of Nanami Sakuraba from Japan's Weekly Playboy Magazine in 2009


Nanami Sakuraba: her TV movie roles in brief

In addition to her movie roles, Sakuraba has appeared in several TV shows. She entered the entertainment industry in 2007 and starred in her first TV show called Tokyo Shojo. That role was followed by roles in Nadeshiko Tai in 2008, Ghost Town no Hana in 2009, Futatsu no Spica and Boku to Star no 99 Nichi in 2011.

The Song Kiss from the Band Bump.y

Nanami Sakuraba: her modeling and acting awards

The magazine Nikkei Trendy has released its yearly “Hit Products Best 30” list. This list shows the most popular consumer products and trends of the year. Nanami Sakuraba was given the “Face of the Year” award by the magazine. This award is given to a young celebrity that had a great year and has the potential to get even bigger status. Sakuraba was given this award in 2010. She was also a member of the Japanese idol pop music group bump.y from 2009 until 2014. She has won a few awards for her acting performance. The first of these awards came in December 2010 at the 35th Hochi Film Awards. This was for the movie called Shodo Girls!! Watashitachi no koshien. This award was for best New Artist. Nanami would be awarded once again for this same movie in February 2011 at the 53rd Blue Ribbon Awards. This was for Best Newcomer.

Nanami Sakuraba vs. Yuu Tejima

Which one of these gravure idols is more beautiful?

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A first look at Yuu Tejima


Yuu Tejima in a swimsuit for Weekly Playboy Magazine

Who is Yuu Tejima?

Yu or Yuu Tejima is a Japanese actress and gravure idol. Here are some of her biographical stats:

  • Date of birth: August 27, 1984 (Her listed date of birth)
  • Blood type: A
  • Her name in Japanese is spelled like this: 手島優 (てじま ゆう)
  • Height: 165 centimeters
  • She is from the Tochigi Prefecture. (Note: can you guess what other famous celebrity is from this part of Japan?) If you answered Yuko Oshima, you are correct!
  • Being born in 1984, she joins several Japanese celebrities to have been born that year. A few notable gravure idols that were born in 1984 include Karina Nose (February 21) and Yoko Mitsuya (November 8).

Yuu Tejima wearing some nice boots!


Yuu Tejima: a little bit about her acting work and personal life

Her movie debut came in 2007 when she starred in Twilight Phantom. The following year, she starred in Dark Love: Rape. In 2009, she starred in Oneechanbara: The Movie-Vortex. In addition to her movies, Tejima has also acted in a few TV dramas. She starred in the 3rd episode of Saru Lock. In 2010, Tejima starred in the 5th episode of Detective Lovesick. Also in that same year, she starred in Unubore Deka. In 2011, Tejima starred in the TV drama called Misaki Number One!! In 2011, she also starred in Call Me the Shadow: Adventures of a Housewife Detective. In 2012, she starred in the TV show Somato Kabushiki Gaisha. When she isn’t involved in modeling or acting, Yuu Tejima enjoys cooking, swimming, horse racing, and nice massages. She is known for her lips.

Why is Yuu Tejima well-known?

She became involved in some interesting controversy. It was reported that although she had been saying that her age is 27 and this was actually at the time I first read about her back in 2011. She is actually 31 and will be 32 years old this year. (Time goes by fast doesn’t it?) So she had been lying about her age. Tejima made the announcement on a TV program called Sunday Japon. The reason for her lying about her age is that she was told by her agency that if she wanted to be popular as a gravure idol that she should say that she is a teenager. She was 21 at that time so she was asked to reduce her age by 2 years. So her reported age at the time was 19. Because of the lie that she told, her age in 2005 would have been listed as 19 even though it really was 21. But she did not lose any endorsements or suffer damage to her career because of it and that's one thing that sets her apart from many celebrities. Tejima apologized about this misinformation and she will work hard.

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