In Japan, Gravure idols are known for modeling in glamour photo-shoots for magazines, DVD's, and photobooks. But how exactly does one create a a gravure photo-shoot without any gravure idols? Zuiki Inada of web media Mooom by Mynavi Chintai was forced to search for an answer.

Single and knowing no girls who could have posed for his planned tatami-room gravure shoot, Inada was charged to look for an alternative "erotic vessel" that could take the place of standard models. Musing that the bumps and curves found in vegetables have a natural sensuality to them, Inada turned to the advice of award-winning photographer Yuki Aoyama, an expert in gravure and fetish photography. Together, they set out to stage a photo shoot that explored the erotic nature of vegetables!

Armed with a conceptual plan of action, Inada set out to acquire an erotic bowl of produce, scouting the most sensual vegetables he could find.

Finding sexy veggies is no easy task

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga

But this plump pair of tomatoes

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga

Blondie bell-pepper (Inada calls it the Miranda Carr of the vegetable world)

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga

Imposing Daikon radish

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga

And sleek burdock root might just fit the bill

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga

Inada initially struggled to portray the true sensual nature of his vegetable models, but after some expert advice and borrowed techniques from Aoyama, he was table to highlight just how sexy a farmer's market batch can be.

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga

With some strategic cuts and lightning, the bell-pepper was ready to open up and glow.

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

A little bit of sprayed water got the tomato's juices flowing.

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

The daikon needed very little convincing to show off her radish charm.

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

And even performed the vegetable equivalent of plastic surgery.

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

The burdock root may have proved the most challenging, but eventually it was decided that sometimes it's what isn't shown in a photograph that's the most suggestive.

Photography by Takuma Toyonaga/Zuiki Inada

So there you have it--a project to explore vegetables as gravure idols in a tatami room actually took place, and it seems to have been a success! After the photo-shoot, all vegetables were cooked and consumed in a delicious curry dish. For more interesting articles such as these, check out the writing staff at MOOOM, a portal site of Mynavi Chintai.

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By - Big Neko.