Famous Japanese Women

Rewind to ancient years and Japan was known for its women whose role elicited different discrepancies especially regarding religion. From matriarchal days, the Japanese women’s life was soon altered to a state of submissive confinement. Fast-forward to the present century, the Japanese women are known to be game changer—impacting Japan’s history in a drastic way. The Japanese women are also known for their high feminine beauty standards that has affected the standards worldwide. Known for their role in upping the contemporary fashion measures, the Japanese women have sure emphasized just how vital their role is in this present world.

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 1 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono.
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

 2 Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo.
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Famous As: Organizing Expert
Birthdate: October 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo

Japanese organizing expert Marie Kondo gained fame with her bestselling books on organizing, such as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which have been translated into languages such as Italian, Korean, French, and German. She also earned an Emmy nomination for her Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

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 3 Asuka

Asuka.
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

 4 Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama.
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Famous As: Contemporary Artist
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her variety of artforms, including sculpture, installations, paintings, and fashion. She mingles elements such as feminism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, and expresses her struggle with mental illness through her art. She has also published books and produced an award-winning film. 

 5 Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: October 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka made history by being the first player of Asian origin to hold the world number one rank in singles. Osaka made headlines when in 2021, she withdrew from the French Open after refusing to be part of a press conference to protect her mental health.

 6 Maria Ozawa

Maria Ozawa
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, AV idol, Stripper, Actor, Glamour model, Model
Birthdate: January 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hokkaidō

 7 Sonoya Mizuno

Sonoya Mizuno.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo

Sonoya Mizuno is an English actress, ballet dancer, and model. She started her professional career as a model, working for world-renowned brands, such as Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Thanks to her skills as a ballet dancer, which she learnt at the Royal Ballet School, Mizuno landed roles in dance films like High Strung, which kick-started her film career.

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 8 Suzuka Nakamoto

Suzuka Nakamoto
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

 9 Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko Kikuchi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan

Rinko Kikuchi is a Japanese actress who received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Chieko Wataya in the 2006 psychological drama film Babel. Rinko is the first Japanese actress to receive an Oscar nomination in five decades. Her work in Babel also earned her several awards, such as Gotham Awards and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award.

 10 Sky Brown

Sky Brown.
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Famous As: Skateboarder
Birthdate: July 12, 2008
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miyazaki
Born to a Japanese mother and a British father, Sky Brown is a self-taught skateboarder who learned the art from YouTube videos. At age 10, she became the world’s youngest professional skateboarder. The Dancing with the Stars: Juniors winner had a near-death experience after a skateboarding accident in 2020.

 11 Aiko, Princess Toshi

Aiko, Princess Toshi.
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Famous As: Daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito
Birthdate: December 1, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo

Aiko, Princess Toshi, is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan. She went to Gakushuin Kindergarten as a small child and later enrolled at the Gakushuin Girl's Junior High-school. Currently, she is studying the Japanese language and literature at Gakushuin University. 

 12 Ayako Fujitani

Ayako Fujitani.
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Novelist
Birthdate: December 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ōsaka, Japan

Daughter of Hollywood actor Steven Seagal and Japanese aikido specialist Miyako Fujitani, Ayako Fujitani appeared as a lead actor in Man from Reno. A skilled writer, she has also released several books, both fiction and non-fiction. She has also directed a short play and performed as part of a band.

 13 Asa Akira

Asa Akira
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 14 Masako, Crown Princess of Japan

Masako, Crown Princess of Japan.
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Famous As: Crown Princess of Japan
Birthdate: December 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toranomon Hospital, Toranomon, Tokyo

 15 Kiko Mizuhara

Kiko Mizuhara.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: October 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born to a Korean-Japanese mother and an American father, Kiko Mizuhara plunged into modeling after winning a Seventeen Japan contest. After winning hearts in the Japanese modeling circuit, she became a Chanel ambassador. Her designs, made in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, have been worn by artists such as Beyoncé.

 16 Yasuko Namba

Yasuko Namba
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo
Died: May 11, 1996

 17 Hikaru Utada

Hikaru Utada.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Hikaru Utada is a Japanese-American singer, producer, and songwriter. She achieved popularity after releasing her first Japanese-language studio album First Love, which became Japan's best-selling album of all time. Utada was regarded as the most influential artist of the 2000s in Japan. She is also one of the most decorated Japanese artists of her generation.

 18 Tao Okamoto

Tao Okamoto
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan

 19 Sola Aoi

Sola Aoi
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Actor, Singer, AV idol, Tarento
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo

 20 Kairi Sane

Kairi Sane
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: September 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hikari, Yamaguchi, Japan

 21 Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Niigata, Japan

 22 Hirai Momo

Hirai Momo.
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Famous As: Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: November 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture

Hirai Momo is a Japanese dancer and singer based in South Korea. She is best known for being one of three Japanese members of the popular South Korean girl group, Twice. One of the most famous K-pop stars from outside Korea, Momo's popularity has been credited with boosting international relations between Japan and South Korea.

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 23 Sada Abe

Sada Abe
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Famous As: Geisha, Criminal
Birthdate: May 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kanda

 24 Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki
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Famous As: Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka

Japanese pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki had started a TV career after moving to Tokyo at 14. She later gained fame with her dance hits and ballads. Also known for her dramatic costumes and videos, The Empress of J-pop has been rendered totally deaf in one ear, owing to a ear infection.

 25 Empress Michiko

Empress Michiko
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Famous As: Consort
Birthdate: October 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: University of Tokyo Hospital

 26 Rila Fukushima

Rila Fukushima.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo

Tokyo-born Rila Fukushima initially wished to be a model agent but ended up being one of Japan’s most popular models, walking the ramp for Louis Vuitton and gracing magazines such as Vogue Japan. She later appeared in The Wolverine and the series Arrow and Gunshi Kanbei.

 27 Queen Himiko

Queen Himiko.
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Famous As: Queen of Japan
Birthdate: 0170 AD
Birthplace: Yamatai, Japan
Died: 0248 AD

Queen Himiko was a shamaness-queen who reigned over Yamataikoku from 189 AD until her death in 248 AD. Over the years, Queen Himiko has been depicted in several graphic novels, anime, and video games across Japan. She is also depicted in video games as a tyrant or sorceress with sexually revealing clothing.

 28 Samaire Armstrong

Samaire Armstrong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 29 Koyuki

Koyuki.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: December 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Koyuki is a Japanese actress and model best known for her portrayal of Hiromi Ishizaki in the 2005 film Always: Sunset on Third Street, for which she received a nomination for Best Actress at the 29th Japan Academy Film Prize in 2006. Over the course of her career, Koyuki has also won awards, such as the Nikkan Sports Film Award.

 30 Miyuki Sawashiro

Miyuki Sawashiro.
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Famous As: Voice Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo
Her voice role as Puchiko in the English version of Leave it to Piyoko made Japanese voice actor Miyuki Sawashiro the first from her country to reprise a Japanese voice role in its English dubbed version. She had started learning English during her time in Pennsylvania in high school.

 31 Naoko Takeuchi

Naoko Takeuchi.
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Famous As: Manga Artist
Birthdate: March 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Japanese manga artist Naoko Takeuchi is best known as the author of Sailor Moon, a multiple-award-winning manga series. She was interested in becoming a manga artist from a young age. However, she studied chemistry in college to please her father. Shortly after graduation, she entered the manga industry and found success in her chosen field within a few years.

 32 Io Shirai

Io Shirai
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan

 33 Rie Takahashi

Rie Takahashi.
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Famous As: Voice Actress
Birthdate: February 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Japanese voice actor and singer Rie Takahashi is best known for her work in the anime series Seiyu's Life! She has voiced major characters in video games and anime films and series, such as Megumin in KonoSuba, Takagi in Teasing Master Takagi-san, and Hu Tao in Genshin Impact

 34 Reina Triendl

Reina Triendl.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Born to an Austrian father and a Japanese mother, Reina Triendl traveled to many places as a child due to her father’s work. She was scouted while in high school and thus began to model. She later gained fame with the reality series Terrace House and the film Tag.

 35 Yui Hatano

Yui Hatano
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan

 36 Hiromu Arakawa

Hiromu Arakawa.
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Famous As: Manga Artist
Birthdate: May 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Makubetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
Raised on a farm, Hiromu Arakawa realized her potential as a manga artist early in life and thus went to Tokyo to try her luck. The Shogakugan Manga Award-winning artist is now known for her internationally renowned Fullmetal Alchemist manga series, which has given birth to an entire franchise.

 37 Mari Osaka

Mari Osaka.
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: April 3, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

Mari Osaka is a Japanese tennis player. In 2014, she made her WTA Tour debut at the Bank of the West Classic, partnering with Marina Shamayko in the doubles event. A few years later, she made her WTA Tour singles debut at the 2019 Miami Open. Her sister, Naomi Osaka, is also a tennis player.

 38 Junko Tabei

Junko Tabei
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Famous As: Explorer, Mountaineer
Birthdate: September 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miharu
Died: October 20, 2016

 39 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 40 Ayane Sakura

Ayane Sakura.
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Famous As: Voice Actress
Birthdate: January 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Japanese voice actor Ayane Sakura soared to fame with her voice work in manga and anime projects such as Is the Order a Rabbit? and My Hero Academia. The Seiyu Award-winning artist has earned the nickname Ayaneru because of her love for sleeping in her spare time.

 41 Marica Hase

Marica Hase
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Famous As: Adult Film Stars
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 42 Maaya Sakamoto

Maaya Sakamoto
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Itabashi City, Tokyo, Japan

 43 Satomi Ishihara

Satomi Ishihara.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo

Following her debut with the film My Grandpa, Japanese actor Satomi Ishihara became a star both in films and on TV. She has been involved in charitable activities in Africa and was also chosen as a torchbearer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before the event was postponed due to COVID-19.

 44 Chiaki Kuriyama

Chiaki Kuriyama
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model, Seiyū, Fashion model
Birthdate: October 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsuchiura

 45 Mao Asada

Mao Asada
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: September 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meito Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

 46 Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo

 47 Empress Kōjun

Empress Kōjun
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Famous As: Consort
Birthdate: March 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 16, 2000

 48 Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi
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Famous As: Japanese manga artist
Birthdate: October 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Niigata, Niigata Prefecture

Rumiko Takahashi is a Japanese manga artist counted among the country’s best-known and wealthiest manga artists. She began her career in the late 1970s and has created numerous commercially successful works. In 2019, she received the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, becoming the second woman to win the prize. She has been inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame.  

 49 Rie Kugimiya

Rie Kugimiya
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Famous As: Voice actress
Birthdate: May 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kumamoto, Japan

 50 Yoko Kanno

Yoko Kanno
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Famous As: Composer, Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

The list of highly influential Japanese women that have brought about a huge change since ancient times never ceases to end. Queen Himiko of Yamatai known for her bravery, Aki Kurose a social justice activist , Chiaki Mukai the first Japanese woman astronaut are just some names that shed light to empowerment of women in Japan. Read on to find out more about other super cool Japanese women!