The Smaller the Iris, The Better! Sanpaku Eyes are Too Cute and Too Mysterious!

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The Smaller the Iris, The Better! Sanpaku Eyes are Too Cute and Too Mysterious!

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Droopy eyes, Wide-set eyes, Hime cut, Short bleached hair, there are many personal tastes of what they feel is cute in Japan. We found a new genre!! It’s Sanpaku eyes(in Japanese, Sanpakugan)!

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I am guessing the most familiar person that has Sanpaku eyes would be Audrey Hepburn.



Sanpaku eyes means that the iris of the eyes don’t touch the bottem of their eyes. People who have Sanpaku eyes leave a very strong impression that they have powerful eyes.

Some people have thought these eyes make them a bit scary especially since people who have big iris were thought to be cute. (This is why color contact lenses became popular too)

Since Sanpaku eyes were not a major genre, not many people payed attention to it, but the girls I thought were cute lately all had Sanpaku eyes! Maybe you’ve been experiencing the same thing…?

Sayumi Michishige


Mikako Tabe


Nana Komatsu


Airi Suzuki


Do you get what I mean?

Whats great about Sanpaku eyes is that it gives you the superb balance of mysteriousness and cuteness. Like I mentioned above, since many people have said that girls with big iris look cute the most, Sanpaku eyed girls is definitely a new genre. I guess the diversity of kawaii is spreading more and more.

Here are some more cute Sanpaku eyed girls!

Mitsuki Kimijima 


Hitomi Arai


Rena Takeda


Sanpaku eyes is a matter of their eyeballs, so it isn’t something you can create with makeup! I guess its a cuteness coming from ones nature!



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Uni student. Grew up in Chicago. Always seeking ways to escape to the 2 or 2.5 dimensional world.

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