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About a week ago (sorry about doing such a terrible job keeping up with news) music information provider Orichon came out with a study that they called “June Brides,” even though it clearly involves would-be grooms as well. They surveyed 800 men and women over the internet (though approximately 400 of them were overweight, middle-aged male nerds pretending to be sexy females for other overweight, middle-aged male nerds) to see who Japan wants to marry the most. Coming in first place was Masami Nagasawa, a girl who has been in several television dramas and won the hearts of internet users across Japan. Reasons for picking her included: “She has a nice smile” and “she seems to try really hard in everything she does.” On the male side of things we see Masaharu Fukuyama come in first place, and the reasons get a little more ridiculous, including someone apparently saying “I want his genes to be left behind” (stalker, anyone?).

But for someone like me, this list does very little good. I don’t really know much about current celebrities in Japan, let alone America. I’m sure you all know more than I do, so please share your top people. Who would YOU want to marry, and why? Give us some background information about this person. Tell us about this person and who he/she is. Tell us about someone you like a whole lot (enough that you’d be willing to marry this person) and use it as a spring-board to teach us about Japanese pop culture. It’s all in your hands for now, so take advantage of your power while you can.

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Here’s the real article: “Men most want to marry Masami Nagasawa; women choose Masaharu Fukuyama”

  • Atheros

    Utada Hikaru for me :P She is beautiful and seems pretty genuinely nice.

  • Atheros

    Utada Hikaru for me :P She is beautiful and seems pretty genuinely nice.

  • eLsa

    lol i want to marry Yamashita Tomohisa~

  • eLsa

    lol i want to marry Yamashita Tomohisa~

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    clover group…

    Thanks. I gave a link of this letter in my blog….

  • http://scaturan.buriguri.jp/blog/yuika-motokariya-%e6%9c%ac%e4%bb%ae%e5%b1%8b%e3%83%a6%e3%82%a4%e3%82%ab scaturan

    i never heard of or seen the woman named Motokariya Yuika (本仮屋ユイカ) but after I first laid my eyes on her in Sugata Sanshiro (姿三四郎)
    the arrow of eternal love pierced through my internal soul & being
    and a rose flower instantly bloomed in the garden of my heart

    her beauty is plain vanilla but full of radiance
    from video clips of interviews posted around the web
    she clearly demonstrates a good sense of humor, with overflowing charisma
    and that’s really something i dig in a woman very much

  • http://scaturan.buriguri.jp/blog/yuika-motokariya-%e6%9c%ac%e4%bb%ae%e5%b1%8b%e3%83%a6%e3%82%a4%e3%82%ab scaturan

    i never heard of or seen the woman named Motokariya Yuika (本仮屋ユイカ) but after I first laid my eyes on her in Sugata Sanshiro (姿三四郎)
    the arrow of eternal love pierced through my internal soul & being
    and a rose flower instantly bloomed in the garden of my heart

    her beauty is plain vanilla but full of radiance
    from video clips of interviews posted around the web
    she clearly demonstrates a good sense of humor, with overflowing charisma
    and that’s really something i dig in a woman very much

  • OuterspaceAsian

    I don’t really know ANY japanese women…and I know nothing of J-Celebrities. I could name a few from U.S. I suppose, but mehh

  • OuterspaceAsian

    I don’t really know ANY japanese women…and I know nothing of J-Celebrities. I could name a few from U.S. I suppose, but mehh

  • http://celestina3107.vox.com Mishie

    Well, I’m not surprised that the boys of arashi have already been mentioned here. Although I would have to say, as a fan myself, I’d like to make my personal choice of Ohno Satoshi because, well, I just think we would jive very well. But if we’re talking about Mr. Perfect, among them I really think it would be Sakurai Sho, although I’m attracted to him in the same way. Do I still have to put references? They’re there. haha

    If I were a guy, I’d proabably date (not sure about marry) either Inoue Mao (of Hana Yori Dango fame) or Ueno Juri (of Nodame Cantabile fame). Mao (who is often and a large fanbase is of her pairing with HYD co-star Matsumoto Jun of Arashi) is so cute and very vivacious. She’s so lively and she’s just a simple girl.

    Ueno Juri I think is the same although now in her new drama she’s become a bit more daring in her character. I’m only a slight fan of Masami actually, I haven’t seen much of her work but I do understand why a lot of people picked her. :)

  • http://celestina3107.vox.com Mishie

    Well, I’m not surprised that the boys of arashi have already been mentioned here. Although I would have to say, as a fan myself, I’d like to make my personal choice of Ohno Satoshi because, well, I just think we would jive very well. But if we’re talking about Mr. Perfect, among them I really think it would be Sakurai Sho, although I’m attracted to him in the same way. Do I still have to put references? They’re there. haha

    If I were a guy, I’d proabably date (not sure about marry) either Inoue Mao (of Hana Yori Dango fame) or Ueno Juri (of Nodame Cantabile fame). Mao (who is often and a large fanbase is of her pairing with HYD co-star Matsumoto Jun of Arashi) is so cute and very vivacious. She’s so lively and she’s just a simple girl.

    Ueno Juri I think is the same although now in her new drama she’s become a bit more daring in her character. I’m only a slight fan of Masami actually, I haven’t seen much of her work but I do understand why a lot of people picked her. :)

  • Victoria

    If I could, the Japanese celebrity I’d probably want to marry would be Miyavi. A stage name, mind you; no one knows his full name, although I’m pretty sure his last name is Ishihara. He is a successful Jrocker/solo artist and is currently in a super-group with fellow Jrockers Gackt, Yoshiki and Sugizo as the guitarist. He has just completed his world tour titled, “This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock 2008.” I went to his concert here in San Francisco back in May, and seeing him live just made me fall even more in love with him. I was amazed at his stage presence, and overall, I just admire his talent in music. In the Japanese media, I think he’s known for being a little crazy on camera and was once accused of taking drugs~ but personally, I just think he’s hyper for a man his age. I love his style; he’s known to be part of the visual kei movement currently happening in Japan. He’s also known to love children and wants one of his own, which is exactly what I would want in a husband. (Although, if I ever did marry him, my mom would NOT approve. She would take one look at his face and attire, and in her Asian accent, whisper loudly enough for him to hear, “Not for boy!”)

    I also think Saito Tomohiro, or Mizushima Hiro, as is his stage name, is a good candidate for being a husband. I don’t know much about him, but I admire his acting skills and his desire for learning more about the English language, which is something I can relate with learning the Japanese language. I believe a lot of people know him as Dorm Leader #2 in the Japanese version of Hana Kimi and Soshi in the popular drama, Zettai Kareshi.

    There are other people I’d love to marry also, but I don’t have a really GOOD reason for liking them.
    Satoshi, vocalist from Jrock band, girugamesh, because I love his screams. (sound weird, much??).
    Takeru, vocalist from Jrock band, SuG, because I love his dimpled smile.
    Kai, drummer from Jrock band, the GazettE, because I love the fact that he can actually COOK (a definite quality a husband should have) and he also has dimples!!
    Mastuyama Ken’ichi, actor, because he played L from Death Note and I’m a total fangirl for L.

  • Victoria

    If I could, the Japanese celebrity I’d probably want to marry would be Miyavi. A stage name, mind you; no one knows his full name, although I’m pretty sure his last name is Ishihara. He is a successful Jrocker/solo artist and is currently in a super-group with fellow Jrockers Gackt, Yoshiki and Sugizo as the guitarist. He has just completed his world tour titled, “This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock 2008.” I went to his concert here in San Francisco back in May, and seeing him live just made me fall even more in love with him. I was amazed at his stage presence, and overall, I just admire his talent in music. In the Japanese media, I think he’s known for being a little crazy on camera and was once accused of taking drugs~ but personally, I just think he’s hyper for a man his age. I love his style; he’s known to be part of the visual kei movement currently happening in Japan. He’s also known to love children and wants one of his own, which is exactly what I would want in a husband. (Although, if I ever did marry him, my mom would NOT approve. She would take one look at his face and attire, and in her Asian accent, whisper loudly enough for him to hear, “Not for boy!”)

    I also think Saito Tomohiro, or Mizushima Hiro, as is his stage name, is a good candidate for being a husband. I don’t know much about him, but I admire his acting skills and his desire for learning more about the English language, which is something I can relate with learning the Japanese language. I believe a lot of people know him as Dorm Leader #2 in the Japanese version of Hana Kimi and Soshi in the popular drama, Zettai Kareshi.

    There are other people I’d love to marry also, but I don’t have a really GOOD reason for liking them.
    Satoshi, vocalist from Jrock band, girugamesh, because I love his screams. (sound weird, much??).
    Takeru, vocalist from Jrock band, SuG, because I love his dimpled smile.
    Kai, drummer from Jrock band, the GazettE, because I love the fact that he can actually COOK (a definite quality a husband should have) and he also has dimples!!
    Mastuyama Ken’ichi, actor, because he played L from Death Note and I’m a total fangirl for L.

  • Lula

    Katori Shingo from SMAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah! He's the perfect guy! At least, for me! He's sooooooo talented!!!!!!! And hilarious!!!! He's good at everything he does! Well, not very good at singing but he tries it hard and I like that in a man!! He also belongs to one of Japan's legendary j-pop groups! He sings, he dances, he can be so sweet in doramas, he cooks, he gets along really well with children. He has to fight with a bo in a movie and he does it well, he has to make pottery for one of his tv shows and he does it well too. He loves drawing… He's a real artist! He's not afraid of being ridiculous and makes laugh so much!!!! As you can see, I definitely I wanna marry SHINGO!!!!! Oh! And he's soooooooooo handsome and sexy!!!!

  • kataomi

    Lol what a funny subject XD ……Masami Nagasawa in first for girl x_X ………I don't like her …..they rather choose Horikita Maki who is more cuter and seem to be more kind !!!!
    But lets talk of guys lol XD
    If I have the chance to marry a japanese I would choose Tegoshi Yuya lol
    It's a japanese singer (NewS and Tegomass) and actor (gachi baka etc)..He's just to …kawaii ..I have a lot of other reason ….but in english its a little hard for me to say all that thing ..sorryyyyy XD
    Sorry for the bad english ….It would be better in french I think lol XD

  • edc

    can't speak for other people, but I'd marry Akiko Monou.

  • Bia

    How… It's probpably late too response this post (and I'm sure that a lot of people said that) but…Gackt Camui.
    And is not just because he is a very famous and talent singer and actor, but because he is very “marriageble”
    He is rich, very rich.
    Never olds (good plastic surgeons)
    He can marry (he already did once, so we know that he is not a guy who'll never marry)
    He is very pretty.
    He lives in a mansion
    He is kind with everyone
    He seems like a kid, but is sexy
    He is smart
    He is Gackt Camui, and every japanese girl will be envious.
    Well, thats it. Forgive my bad english, I'm brazilian and basic no so good in languages as you.

  • takobell

    Gackt XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027342875 Joan Jensen

    i vote for Kamenashi Kazuya from kat-tun hmm

  • Raby

    Gackt….he's all that i want…..he's got everything and i love everything about him…..

  • matt

    The celebrity I would would mari is Yaguchi Mari. Not only she is beautiful, she has an incredible voice, she's the type of girl you would protect with your life. Always smiling and all, and I bet she is a very kind and social person. My second celebrity would be Ishikawa Rika, like Mari she's beautiful, but she seems more like the shy type, the one you would hug all day long and stay forever by her side.
    That would be my 2 choices :P

    There are some others I could've put too but they would all be from Morning musume because they are actually the only celebrities I know and I really like them all.

  • Gem

    The only celebrities i see that i really want to marry…ANY in ARASHI lol esp. SAKUARAI SHO and their Riida!!!

    or Ok!!!..my top pick is SHO…..

    Reason?:…just what others comment here…..they just say it all!!!…just too perfect!!!

    It's just any Arashi member are just a typical Boy next door type….and their personality is just a BONUS!!!

    I don't hate Kattun but I juz see Arashi more attractive than them…Honestly!!!!

    How i really wish i marry SHO…my Prince!!!

  • h.o.t.r.

    Def Oguri Shun. He's a very promising actor. I watched 200 Days in Oguri Shun's life too and he seems very down-to-earth, and hardworking, too… doesn't seem to care much about the limelight, rather exerts much effort of not letting all the fame get into his head.

    Then there's Ohno-kun and Jun-kun from Arashi, in that order. Ohno sometimes seems autistic (in a funny way) during interviews and their shows, he's like funny without even trying, it's always such a treat to watch him. And Jun, well, Jun is the reason I got hooked to J-dramas, J-pop, and J-everything anyways. Very gorgeous and interesting personality. He's the kind of celebrity you desperately want to have all figured out. xx

  • hehe

    OGURI SHUN! :(

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  • ignorant wanderer

    it's funny how people are saying they wanna marry celebrities. yeah yeah. sure celebrities seem very awesome and cool and has this and that. i'm not saying they aren't. But you can't judge a book by it's cover.. well, i don't know if this saying is actually related to the situation but i wanna clarify that we should know the actual person deep inside not by watching movies and that. i sure do wanna meet up with celebrities and be friends with them.. not marrying- that's just too much.

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  • kimie

    just wanna say…miyavi is the best!!! lmao

  • Yuka

    Haha really Fukuyama Masaharu? He's quite cool actually… and hansom I guess? Saw him on Kouhaku, he's a really good singer :D

  • Yuka

    Haha really Fukuyama Masaharu? He's quite cool actually… and hansom I guess? Saw him on Kouhaku, he's a really good singer :D

  • Sarahjean28

    If I could I would like to marry Miura Haruma or Tomo Yanagishita… they are so adorable… I like the way they smile… I love EVERYTHING them!!! :D

  • Sarahjean28

    If I could I would like to marry Miura Haruma or Tomo Yanagishita… they are so adorable… I like the way they smile… I love EVERYTHING them!!! :D

  • ReiRei

    I would pick Matsumoto Hideto, he is funny, can be calm and not annoying but also can be hyper. He likes children, and even donated bone marrow to this girl who was dying of this rare disease. (she lived for many more years) He has alot of money. and really IS lovable. I should have replaced everything with the context “had” “was” because he passed away. However, Toshi would be a good partner too. (singer of XJAPAN) sadly, those are the only 2 I can really think of. In any case, yep, those are my choices. haha

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  • Kurokamiko

    Hmmmm, Gackt… For sure..

  • Yasmin

    They should consider Irino Miyu-san as a bachelor. Well Im not sure if hes on the list your talking about but yeah, he should be on it.He seems like a great outgoing guy, nice, very smiley (is thats even . w.e). From what I see he is very active thank goodness. He also seems playful which is great cus i dont want a stuck up boring guy.I always find him jumping in a picture or eating cake which i gotta say it awesome I Love Doing That But In Private though. I wouldnt be like omq marry me please iLoveYou. I dont know what love is and. . . anyways my point is, i would definitely like to befriend him first.