These days, it seems like you cannot turn on the TV in Japan without seeing her. Her name is Mitsu Dan. She's currently Japan's biggest sex symbol, appearing in racy TV shows and even racier movies and photo spreads. But before rocketing to fame last fall, she was just another pin-up model, and her biggest role was in a PS3 exclusive. But she wasn't yet Mitsu Dan.
The game was Yakuza 4. And the current sex symbol was known as Shizuka Saitou. Then largely unknown, Saitou was part of the open casting call that ultimately landed her—and at that time, the far more famous porn star Rio—a role in the game as a hostess. It was a fitting gig for Saitou, who spent a chunk of her 20s working at a high-class hostess club in Tokyo's ritzy Ginza. After college, she studied to become a cook. Then, she got a mortician's license. Somewhere along the line, she started hostessing.