Proto Star Collection

The Nana Komatsu Proto Star series, volume 1 to volume 9, were published as eBooks between February and November 2013. They were original and exclusive photoshoots from previous years. Young Nana Komatsu had been working as a teen model since she was 12 for magazines such as Jille, Spoon, Haco or Nico Petit. She also appeared in Panasonic commercials, more ‘prestigious’ mags such as Nylon Japan and was soon to embrace an acting career with The World of Kanako.

Those eBooks are still available from many online stores. Amazon Japan has the complete series on the Kindle format. However you must be a resident in Japan or at least use a credit card issued in Japan to purchase them. Below is a selection from those volumes.

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The Early days

Actress, model and Chanel Ambassador Komatsu Nana is 24 today and she has achieved a lot whether it is in the world of cinema or in the world of fashion. She’s been in the entertainment industry for 12 years already. Maybe this is the right moment to go back to the times when it all began, long before she even considered being an actress.

Nana Komatsu was scouted in the Harajuku area in Tokyo when she was 12 years old and soon entered the 3B Junior pool of models and idols, which was then a division of Stardust Promotion, her current agency. Her first pics as a model were published by Nico-petit ニコプチ in 2008.

Those were the times when the young aspiring model and future actress was taking the train from her home in the Yamanashi Prefecture to Tokyo, in the company of her mother for the first contracts and subsequent trips. Pretty soon she travelled on her own as her parents wanted her to be independent.

In those days Nana Komatsu did not even think she would become an actress one day, she just wanted to continue as a model and considered becoming a hairstylist. Yet, she appeared in a short film or sort of called Shabondama in 2010 (Shabondama Short Film) and in a couple of music videos as well.

Many of the pics you will find below were once available from her old blog on Ameba, now they can be found in countless blogs, scattered all over the Internet (sources are mentioned, when available) : most of them are small, low res pics.

Nico-Petit (2008)

Profile pics on Blessworld – 2010

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Early Tsukao Photographs

Photographs of teen model Nana Komatsu (some as early as 2009) taken by renowned photographer Tsukao. The young model had her first pics published by Nico Petit in 2008, she was 12 then and pretty soon she became a familiar face in magazines such as Jille, Spoon, Haco or Nylon Japan. She also appeared in various music videos for Radwimps, Chatmonchy or Shiina Ringo and had a small role in a short “musical” called Shabondama (2010). At the time, she did not consider an acting career …

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Mori Girl 2011

Late 2000s, early 2010s, a new street fashion style emerged in places like Harajuku in Tokyo, the Mori Girl: The idea of the mori girl is to look like she’s just come from living in the woods. A mori girl starts her wardrobe with the colors of the earth like white, cream, brown, and gray. Other added colors tend to be dusty and gentle. Light layers and loose silhouettes are a must, and then come the accessories. Long necklaces, low heeled shoes, natural makeup and hair, and plenty of lace complete the look (Lindsay Erin)

Main sources: Blue SandEnia’s BlogLindsay Erin