You’re never too old to learn, or at least I’m not, and this phrase crossed my screen for the first time this week:
A gravure idol is a Japanese female model who primarily models in magazines, especially those marketed to men, photobooks or DVDs. Gravure idols, in most cases, emphasize their sexual attractiveness and often model in swimsuits … Contrary to popular foreign belief, gravure idols never appear fully nude in their photos but their poses often can be labeled as semi-provocative.
Gravure models may be of any age but usually range from their late teens to their mid-twenties.
Presumably a cousin to “rotogravure,” in which you were seen in your Easter bonnet.
To illustrate this definition, I bring you Rina Aizawa, twenty-four:
I honestly don’t know how I missed that term for all these years, especially since I was an early convert to LaserDisc, which happily vended lots of Japanese nonporn along exactly these lines in the 1980s. A lot of it looked like this:
Like I said, never too old to learn.