Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

Kano sisters

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Full Name  Kyoko KANO
Name  Kano sisters
Other names  Koko
Nationality  Japanese
Residence  Tokyo

Kano sisters both wearing a pink sleeveless dress

  October 7, 1962 (age 60) (1962-10-07) Osaka Japan
Known for  Bust: 96cm, Waist: 58cm, Hips: 91cm
Height  169 cm (5 ft 7 in) (5'6.5")
Website  The Kano sisters' official website
Similar People  Shoko Takahashi, Maki Goto, Yinling, Sayaka Isoyama, Aya Sugimoto

Kano Sisters

Kyoko Kano (叶 恭子, Kanō Kyōko) and Mika Kano (叶 美香, Kanō Mika), known collectively as the Kano sisters (叶姉妹, Kanō shimai), are Japanese celebrities.


AV Kano Sisters's

Early life and background

Kano sisters

The Kano Sisters say they are half-sisters with different mothers. There is also a 3rd "sister" who initially made appearances with the two. She eventually withdrew from the scene, according to industry sources, and now only intermittently appears with them. The lack of resemblance between them as well as their refusal to answer any questions about their age (even their reported ages are speculation) or past fuels speculation the three are not sisters at all, but just another group of tarento with a carefully crafted gimmick.


In 1997, the oldest sister Kyoko debuted in 25ans, an upscale women's fashion magazine, as one of its "supaa dokusha" (super readers). Her success led to both sisters appearing regularly on Japanese TV. Their main claim to fame is their outrageous sense of style, involving highly revealing clothes, flashy jewelry, and jet-set travel.

Apart from frequent television appearances, they market a series of exercise videos, erotic calendars, collectible fashion cards and coffee-table pictorials, featuring the two mostly naked. Japanese toy maker Takara Co. began to sell 30-centimeter-high dolls modeled after the Kano sisters, called Kano Sisters' Gorgeous Dolls, in March 2002. The dolls were priced at 19,800 yen a pair.

The sisters are frequently invited to movie premieres, film festivals, and award ceremonies. Self-described "Lifestyle Consultants," Japanese women pay to attend Kano seminars to hear their advice on topics such as relationships and makeup.

On 3 April 2006, the Kano sisters published a collection of nude artistic photographs in a book entitled Sweet Goddess. Posing in a revealing style known in Japanese as "hea nuudo", or "hair nude," a term for nude photographs in which a woman's pubic hair is visible, the photographs were taken by Kyoko Kano with modeling by Mika Kano. Sweet Goddess was reported to be among the first books to break this unwritten post-war publication rule.Sweet Goddess was listed as a bestseller for several months. The Kano sisters released a similar pictorial collection entitled Sweet Goddess 2 on 1 November 2006.

In 2009, the Kano sisters had a 10-episode CGI anime series called Abunai Sisters: Koko & Mika produced by Production I.G which aired on the Japanese channel AT-X, but it was cancelled after two episodes had aired. The rest of the series was released on DVD. The series was in English with Japanese subtitles.

Kyoko Kano as author

On 1 January 2000, Kano released an autobiographical book, Millennium Muse with an introduction by non-fiction writer Yuko Kobayashi. The book included full color photographs of her posing with younger sister and discusses Kano’s background and philosophy on life, love, men, money and sex. Some in the media panned the writing as amateurish. The book became an Asahi Shimbun bestseller. Six years later, Kano followed it up with Toriorizumu, a non-fiction work that elaborates on these themes. Writing in the Shukan Post, she describes all 30 chapters and 237 pages as a "personal record experiencing a 'type of love without taboos.'"


In April 2000, author Shigeru Sato published an unauthorized biography of Kyoko Kano in which he depicted her lifestyle from the viewpoint of a pet cat. Kano sued the author for defamation. In September 2001, the Tokyo District Court ordered the author to pay Kano damages, for infringing on Kano's privacy and dishonoring her reputation. In handing down the ruling, Presiding Judge Yoshihiro Katayama said that Sato used "blunt and excessive" expression in portraying Kano."

In August 2005, Kyoko and Mika Kano sued Japanese actress Miri Okada for defamation based on Okada's televised June 2005 claim that the two sisters unsuccessfully tried to seduce Okada's husband, Norio Yaginuma. The sisters were awarded compensation by the Tokyo District Court in July 2006. Judge Shigehiro Ishikawa ruled, "[Okada's] claims were groundless and she neglected in her duty to ask that they not be broadcast."

Teruo Incident

Teruo Kano, father of Kyoko Kano, allegedly accosted the Kano sisters with an umbrella in a Tokyo underground parking lot complex on December 25, 2007 after the sisters had allegedly refused to pay him back an undisclosed amount of money. The money was lent by Teruo to Kyoko more than 15 years ago. He was arrested for intimidation, accused of violating the Law concerning Punishment for Physical Violence.

Following the incident, on 11 January 2008, Kyoko Kano filed a defamation lawsuit in compensatory damages against weekly news magazine Shukan Shincho in the Tokyo District Court. According to the petition, the magazine's January 17 issue would run an article accusing the Kano sisters of duplicity. The magazine article alleged that "While Kyoko [Kano] had borrowed money from her father, she failed to repay the debt." The plaintiff insisted that it was the father who persistently asked for money, commenting that "such erroneous reporting could damage her reputation." The editorial staff at Shukan Shincho would not comment on the lawsuit.


  • Mika Kano gave 1 million yen (approximately $10,000 at the time) of her own money to the relief fund in the wake of the Hanshin earthquake of 1995.
  • Both of the Kano Sisters appeared on the UK BBC Three television show Adam and Joe Go Tokyo. The Sisters were part of stunt in which presenters Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish tried to become famous in Japan by going on a pretend date with the famous sisters to try to get noticed by the media.
  • Made a guest appearance in animated form in the 2008 revival of the Yatterman anime series.
  • In 2000, the 20th Century Fox video entertainment unit anointed the Kano sisters Japan's most likely Bond girls.
  • Vanity Fair listed them in its "In & Out" column (Kano sisters "in," Hilton heiresses "out").
  • The Japan Times listed them in its "Gongs and Goofs of 2002" column (Kabira Brothers "The In Crowd," Kano sisters "The Out Crowd").
  • References

    Kano sisters Wikipedia