Japanese actress Ryoko Hirosue in a 2010-2011 photoset for KEIO Corp, shot at Mt Takao in Hachioji City. The mountain is a popular recreation and hiking spot due to its close proximity to Tokyo. KEIO runs one of the major railway lines that provide access to the mountain, it took only an hour of train ride from city centre to reach the place.
Departures (おくりびと, Okuribito) is a multiple award winning Japanese movie and winner of the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards in 2009.
Directed by Yojiro Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, the movie follows the story of a nokanshi whose job is to prepare the death for encoffinment. Other cast include Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki and Kimiko Yo etc.
Actresses Miki Maya, 44, Asaka Seto, 31, Ryoko Hirosue, 28, and ex-volleyball player Kaoru Sugayama, 29, were named as women who have the most beautiful legs at the annual Parcassio Beautiful Leg Awards. The event was organized by six shoemakers; and Parcassio is an artificial leather used in their products.
Japanese companies always come out with these kind of awards, i.e. best dressers, best jeanists, cotton awards etc… and the Japanese celebrities are quite supportive for these events. After all, commercial endorsement means huge money; the celebs won’t want to offend any of the potential sponsors.
Promotional video for Sarai no Kaze, the fifth Japanese single by May, a South Korean artist. The PV featured Japanese actresses Erika Toda, Ryoko Hirosue and Miki Arimura. Cold Wintry Wind is a loose translation of the song title.
May made her début on a Japanese music-talent TV show in 2005 and has released singles/albums both in Japan and South Korea. All the results are so-so thus far, including this one and a later studio album in January 2007.