Oricon: Amuro retains “kogao queen” title – Tokyograph

Oricon’s “kogao queen” survey has become an annual tradition. For the fourth year, the research firm surveyed a total of a thousand men and women, asking them to rank the female celebrities that they associated with the “small face” beauty trend.

For the third consecutive year, singer Namie Amuro ranked #1, followed by actress Manami Konishi. […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

Also on the list, just making it at #9, is Aya Ueto.

Looking into Meisa Kuroki’s alluring eyes

The “Bright Eyes” promotion committee recently conducted an internet-based survey of 500 men and women in their 20s and 30s, collecting their opinions on beauty with regard to eyes. One of the questions asked them to identify female celebrities with attractive eyes.

The #1 answer was actress Meisa Kuroki (21), followed by Kou Shibasaki (27) and Yukie Nakama (29). All three are said to possess the “golden ratio” of 1:2:1, which refers to the size of the iris compared to the white areas of the eye. One of the survey questions found that 44% favored the 1:2:1 ratio. The survey also found that men and women preferred large black irises. […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

Also making the top ten list is actress/singer Yui Aragaki at #7. So three of the ten in the list (Meisa Kuroki, Yukie Nakama and Yui Aragaki) are from Okinawa. Hmm.

Oricon: Nakama again named celebrity with best black hair – Tokyograph

Oricon repeated its survey from last year that asked the public who they think looks best with black hair, though this time around the survey divided the choices for male and female celebrities.

Not surprisingly, the female list was very similar to the previous results, with Yukie Nakama once again in the lead. Mika Nakashima and Chiaki Kuriyama traded places, ranking at #2 and #3, respectively, while Yui Aragaki moved up one place to #4 and Meisa Kuroki jumped three places to land at #5.

On the men’s list, Junichi Okada took the top spot, ahead of Ryo Nishikido, who was the only male in last year’s top 10 (he was #9). Hiroshi Tamaki ranked 3rd, while Jun Matsumoto tied with Satoshi Tsumabuki for 4th.

(Link: Oricon: Nakama again named celebrity with best black hair – Tokyograph.)

Interesting to find three Uchinanchu — Yukie Nakama, Yui Aragaki and Meisa Kuroki — on the list.

Listing of Artists Available for Purchase on iTunes (United States)

Here’s a list of artists from Okinawa (or with ties to Okinawa) whose music can be purchased on iTunes. You may find that some of the artists are listed twice at the store and they may be listed under a different genre so navigating the store can be quite difficult. (Please note that clicking on any of the below links will open iTunes.)

Beni Arashiro

Shoukichi Kina
Nenes “Kunjan Sabakui”
Rinken Band (Link 1)
Rinken Band (Link 2)
Tomoko Uehara

Alternative, Dance, Mixture, Punk, Rock
Bleach 03
ORANGE RANGE’s “Kirikirimai” from Fantastic Four – The Album
Ryukyu Underground (Link 1)
Ryukyu Underground (Link 2)
Takuji a.k.a. Geetek

The Rest
Keali’i Reichel’s “Ka Nohona Pili Kai”
Talvin Singh’s “O.K.”

Originally posted on Karakui.com and remixed over at Internet-Okinawa.com several moons ago. I’ll keep this list updated and add it to Karakui’s Pages (you’ll find the links to our Pages on the sidebar).

The current list before you was last updated on May 7, 2006.

I welcome any links you may’ve discovered on iTunes and want to contribute to my list. Please leave a comment or email me at karakuipress[at]gmail[dot]com.