When we talk about the most handsome and fashionable actors in the Philippines, you may instantly think about James Reid, Daniel Padilla, and Enrique Gil, among others. It's true that we must patronize our local celebrities because, well, they deserve it, but we also can't help but appreciate the talented actors from other countries. Noah Centineo? Lee Min-Ho? We still love their craft amidst cultural differences. We know you will mention a lot of American and South Korean actors if we ask you to name your favorite non-Filipino male celebrities.
How about Japanese actors? Do you know any of them? Or have you considered watching any of their movies? If you are a huge manga fan, chances are, you know a lot of them. However, for those who are more into Hollywood stars and K-dramas, you may not be that familiar with them. For your information, the Land of the Rising Sun offers a slew of attention-worthy actors that are not only handsome and talented but also stylish and fashion-oriented. Check them out and guaranteed, you'll have new celeb crushes and fashion inspirations in an instant!
1. Yokohama Ryusei
Born on September 16, 1996, Ryusei Yokohama is only 23 years old right now. But at such a young age, he was already an accomplished actor and model. He is affiliated with Stardust Promotion and was a former member of the male group Ebidan. In his teenage years, he played the role of Hikari in the Ressha Sentai ToQger movie. And he is recently picked to star in the 2020 film Kimi no Me ga Toikaketeiru. Talk about accomplishments!
Mackenyu Arata, mononymously known as Mackenyu, is a Japanese-American actor born to Japanese parents in Los Angeles, California. His father, Sonny Chiba, a well-known actor, producer, director, and martial artist became his inspiration to pursue acting in his late teens. In 2016, he was launched in a lead role in the film Chihayafuru based on the manga series bearing its name. Since then, his career continued to flourish without the help of his celebrity father!
3. Masaki Suda
Taisho Sugo, who is better known by his stage name Masaki Suda, is a Japanese actor and singer from Osaka. At age 16, he had his acting debut in the TV series Kamen Rider. Now 25 years old, Masaki Suda already has the Best Actor Award under his belt. He also pursued singing and launched his hit song Mita Koto Mo Nai Keshiki last 2017. Due to his sultry looks and incredible talent, many Japanese teens look up to him as their idol.
4. Yamazaki Kento
One of the most handsome Japanese actors, Kento Yamazaki rose to popularity since he began modeling in 2009 and had his acting debut a year later. Noticed because of his ethereal beauty, Kento was scouted at Takeshita-dori, Harajuku's notorious youth-fashion shopping street. His role as "L" in the popular television series Death Note has become his trademark. Little did we know, he is also a great soccer player, avid manga reader, and a constant beach-goer!
5. Kubota Masataka
A highly-praised Japanese actor from Kanagawa, Masataka Kubota starred in the famous TV series Death Note together with Kento Yamazaki. Portraying the role of Light Yagami in the show, Masataka flaunted his acting prowess by his subtle facial expressions that can paint a whole picture. He also landed a role in the 2017 dark fantasy film Tokyo Ghoul. When it comes to acting, he is among Japan's favorite and we ain't complaining!
6. Takeru Satoh
Born on March 21, 1989, Satoh Takeru is a 30-year-old Japanese actor who is best known for his lead role as Ryotaro Nogami in the Kamen Rider Den-O movie and as Himura Kenshin in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film. Amidst his fame, he had a time in his life when he felt lonely and stressed because of his demanding career. Fortunately, he has since recovered and is now happy with where his successful career is going.
7. Sakaguchi Kentaro
The Japanese model and actor Kentaro Sakaguchi is very active on Instagram and has almost 70k followers. Well, his handsome face fits Japan's popular beauty standard for men- single or hidden double eyelids, white skin, and no beard. He is also quite famous in South Korea due to his facial similarity to popular actor Seo Kang Joon. His masculine features surely make him a great boyfriend material!
8. Fukushi Sota
Japanese actor Sota Fukushi rose to prominence by portraying the lead role of Gentaro Kisaragi in the drama series Kamen Rider: Fourze as well as the film adaptations of the Kamen Rider franchise. At 26 years old, he already portrayed a lot of lead and supporting roles in the movies Strobe Edge, My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday and Bleach. He is now set to star in the TV drama series Marigold in 4 minutes opposite actress Nanao. And have we mentioned that he looks like the Japanese doppelganger of EXO's Kai and Lee Min Ho combined?
9. Takeuchi Ryoma
The winner of the Mina Kare Grand Prix, a fashion magazine model audition, Ryoma Takeuchi, was able to beat 2457 other candidates at 20 years old. His victory secured him a spot in the modeling industry as well as the showbiz world. He landed a lead role in the popular animation hero series Kamen Rider Drive as Shinnosuke Tomari. With that tall height, handsome face, and acting talent, Ryoma Takeuchi is sure to get even more popular in Japan.
10. Miura Haruma
Haruma Miura is a Japanese actor and singer who is under the Amuse agency. He was debuted as a member of the J-pop group Brash Brats which went into a hiatus and rose to popularity as an actor thanks to his roles in the films Gokusen 3 and Koizora. Born on April 5, 1990, the 29-year-old actor is known to be good friends with another famous actor Satoh Takeru. He just recently released his debut solo single "Fight for your heart."
Have you found these 10 Japanese actors interesting? If so, grab yourself a cup of tea and start following them on Instagram so you'll be updated with their whereabouts and activities, may it be on their set for their next movie or just a gym workout session. Definitely, they are equally worth patronizing like our beloved Filipino actors!