It’s Saturday, and this week feature an actress and model that’s been turning the heads of otaku around Japan and abroad. I present to you the lovely “Hermes” herself, Ito Masaki.

Ito Misaki started her career in amateur modeling back in school days; Misaki made her fame when she starred in the TV commercial for Asahi beer and remains one of Japan’s favorite commercial model since then.

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With her rising popularity, Ito Misaki has the chance to star in TV dramas as well as movies; some of her noticeable roles are like in “You’re Under Arrest“, “Ju On” and “About Love.”

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Ito Misaki’s breakthrough in acting came in 2005, with the the role of Aoyama Saori (Hermes) in the superhit Japanese TV series “Densha Otoko” (aka Trainman) which swept all across Asia.

Ito Misaki has become one of Japanese most sought after actresses since then; and is one of the most popular Japanese actresses internationally. In addition to acting, she’s the current Vodafone model in Japan, and also the spokesperson to Shisedio’s MAQuillAGE line of cosmetics, Hitachi LCDs, and Seiko watches. Ito Misaki’s beauty also garnered a chance to provide the look and voice for Q’s assistant Miss Nagai in the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.

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Misaki’s latest TV drama will be “Maison Ikkoku,” based on popular manga and anime, and is scheduled to air in Spring 2007.

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