A place where you get to see Japanese celebrities, but stuck in a museum! It might be even more amusing to learn that your idols are trapped in a wax museum, competing for the best statue pose. In 2013, the Japanese were elated to know that Madame Tussauds Museum would open its first branch in Japan in Tokyo. If you haven’t seen these celebrities face to face, here’s your chance to see them. You will not be able to receive any autograph, but you can click as many selfies as you want. Here are 10 Japanese Celebrities you can see at Madame Tussauds Museum.
1. Masaki Suda
Taishō Sugō, professionally known as Masaki Suda, has achieved great success in multiple fields; as an actor and a singer. While in school, he met with many talent agents and attended several auditions. Masaki announced his engagement to Nana Komatsu on November 15, 2021; she has also made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. Madame Tussauds showcased his figure on his birthday, February 21, 2020.
Rebecca Eri Rabone, better known as Becky, is an actress, model, and singer born to a Japanese mother and an English father. She has appeared in a number of television shows and given voice-overs for films and anime shorts. Her major at Asia University was Business Administration. In 2015 Becky's wax figure was created, but it was modified when she became a mother.
3. X Japan
X Japan is a rock band founded in 1982 that currently consists of five members: Pata, Toshi, Yoshiki, Heath, and Sugizo. They began as a power/speed metal band but later shifted with their emphasis on ballads. They are regarded mainly for popularizing visual kei, a Japanese music movement portrayed through excessive make-up and elaborate haircuts, similar to Western glam rock.
4. Yuko Oshima
Yuko Oshima began her acting career at the age of eight in 1996. In 2006, she made her debut as a singer in the girl group AKB48. Yuko was voted the group's most famous member in 2010 and 2012. She announced her engagement to actor Kento Hayashi, her co-star in the drama Scarlet, on July 20, 2021. Yuko Oshima's wax figure was unveiled in 2011 while she was still an AKB48 member.
5. Mayu Watanabe
Mayu Watanabe was a former actress and member of the girl group AKB48 from Team B. She left the group in 2017 and began her acting career in 2018, which she continued until June 2020, when she retired from the entertainment industry. The wax figure was rebuilt three times: the first time, it was an outfit from her 2014 solo single. A Christmas-themed dress was her second attire to reflect the season, and it was modified again in 2020 to her solo 'Papara!.
6. Ayumu Goromaru
Ayumu Goromaru was a former rugby player for Yamaha Júbilo (now known as Shizuoka Blue Revs). He competed in the national high school tournament for three years as a student. Between 2014-15, he was named one of the Top League's top 15 players. The Japan Times dubbed him the "face of the future," and he was among the most highly regarded young Japanese players.
7. Mao Asada
Mao Asada is a former figure skater best known for landing three triple Axel jumps in a single competition and combining athleticism and artistry. In 2013, she became the first figure skater to win all seven current Grand Prix events at Skate America. However, in April 2017, she shocked the entire nation when she announced her retirement from the industry due to a lack of motivation and the fact that she never recovered after the 2014 season. Her wax figure skates in the shape of a circle at Tokyo's Tussauds Museum.
8. Yuzuru Hanyu
Yuzuru Hanyu is a well-known figure skater who is a two-time Olympic champion, a two-time World champion, and a four-time Grand Prix Final champion. He is the first men's singles skater to achieve a Super Slam, having won all major competitions in his senior and junior careers. He also won gold at the Olympic Games in 2014 and 2018. People's Honour Award was presented to Yuzuru by then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
9. Yuki Ishikawa
Yuki Ishikawa is a volleyball professional. He was named the FIVB World Cup's "Best Outside Spiker" and the Asian Championship's "Most Valuable Player." He serves as the captain of Japan's men's national volleyball team and is an outside hitter. His mother is a former basketball player, his father is a former track and field sprinter, his younger sister is a member of the women’s national volleyball team, and his elder sister was a former volleyball player.
10. Kazuyoshi Miura
Kazuyoshi Miura, also known as King Kazu, is a Japanese footballer who plays as a forward for the Japan Football League club. Kazuyoshi dropped out of high school at 15 to pursue a career as a professional football player in Brazil. He was in Japan's national team from 1990 to 2000. In Japanese football, Kazuyoshi is regarded as the first big shot. He was the first Japanese player to be named Asian Player of the Year, to play in Italy's Serie A, and to be named J.League Most Valuable Player.