Maria Ozawa (小澤マリア Ozawa Maria?), who used the name Miyabi (みやび?) early in her career, is a Japanese adult video (AV) actress known in Japan as an AV idol.
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Life and career
Ozawa was born in Hokkaido, Japan on January 8, 1986. Her mother is Japanese and her father is French-Canadian. Since she attended an international school from Primary School to High School, she claims that her English reading and writing ability is better than her Japanese. While at school, she played hockey every day, and often went to karaoke after class.  Ozawa had her first sexual experience at the age of 13, and learned the “48 sexual positions” through a book that she bought herself.
In 2002, while still in high school, Ozawa appeared in a short (30 second) Japanese TV commercial for DARS Chocolate with the two members of the Japanese pop group KinKi Kids. The commercial has her sharing chocolate with one of the duo while secretly holding hands with the other.
AV debut and S1
She first encountered AVs (adult videos) by watching several tapes that belonged to a friend’s brother. Unlike most AV actresses, Ozawa was not scouted. Instead, she was introduced to the AV industry through a friend that was working in AVs. Ozawa was interested in the industry, and researched companies until she found B-open, a model agent which she liked. She applied for an interview with the company and was accepted. She started modeling as Miyabi for the pornographic site Shirouto-Teien.com in June 2005, which resulted in several sets of photographs and a short hardcore gonzo video released in CD-R and DVD-R formats.
She was then signed by S1 No. 1 Style, an AV studio that produces light hardcore pornography, premiering for them as Maria Ozawa on October 7, 2005 with the video New Face – Number One Style (新人xギリモザ ナンバーワンスタイル). Ozawa remembers that she was so nervous during the filming of her first AV that she could not look the male actor in the face. At S1, Ozawa subsequently appeared in one original video per month until February 2007. She was involved in several S1 compilation videos including the company’s entry in the 2006 AV Open, a competition between Japanese porn studios for the best selling video. The S1 video Hyper – Barely There Mosaic (ハイパーギリギリモザイク), featuring Maria Ozawa along with other AV idols Sora Aoi, Yua Aida, Yuma Asami, and Honoka (plus a short preview for Rin Aoki), won first place.
DAS and other studios
Maria Ozawa and S1 parted ways in early 2007. Along with Rin Suzuka, Reina Matsushima and Rin Aoki, she moved from the safe, but popular S1 to a new startup company, Dasdas (DAS). On April 25, 2007, Dasdas released the first videos of the company, one of which (Beautiful Eurasian News Anchor Maria Ozawa Desiring Nakadashi Rape) featured Maria Ozawa. Dasdas videos contain scenes of rape, creampie, urolagnia, enema and physical torture, themes not featured in the light hardcore style of her S1 videos. Her first “interracial” title Multiple Black Rape (黒人輪姦) was released from Dasdas in May 2008.
By the end of 2007, she signed (not exclusively) with Attackers’ (アタッカーズ), an established AV studio that specializes in thematic rape pornography. In June 2008 she changed studios once again, going to the small start-up studio Ran-maru  which released her first video with them on July 19, 2008. Ran-maru, along with Ozawa’s previous studios, S1, Dasdas and Attackers, are all part of Japan’s largest group of AV companies, the Hokuto Corporation.
The latter part of 2008 has seen Ozawa in a variety of videos from different producers including her first exclusively lesbian (Rezu – レズ) video (W Cast Premium Lesbian) for LADYxLADY, a division of the Japanese porn conglomerate Soft On Demand (SOD). In a more drastic career move, Ozawa decided to appear in her first “uncensored” movies which do not have the mosaic pixelation which is used to obscure the genitals in all standard Japanese porn videos. Four uncensored 45-minute videos of Ozawa and a single male actor were released online at XVN in September 2008. The material from the first two videos was edited for a 90 minute DVD (Tora-Tora Platinum Vol.49 Maria Ozawa) released September 26, 2008, and the second two videos were combined as Tora-Tora Platinum Vol. 52 Maria Ozawa (December 31, 2008).
For the 2009 AV GrandPrix three studios (DAS, Moodyz, and M’s Video Group) all selected videos starring Ozawa as their entries in the contest. The DAS compilation The Queen of DAS won the Best Violence Video Award and the M’s Video Group entry Oral Venus took one of the Special Awards in the Featured Actress Video category.
In January 2009, Ozawa returned to DAS to film Shemale Orgy Gangbang Rape (集団ニューハーフ輪姦乱交レイプ小澤マリア) with three transsexual actresses and in March 2009 made her debut in the Japanese porn genre of tentacle rape with Monster Swallowing Ecstasy Maria Ozawa (触獣丸呑みアクメ 小澤マリア) for SOD.
Besides adult videos, she has appeared in V-Cinema films, a photobook and several glamour (“gravure”) videos. In 2007, she played the character Anita (ｱﾆｰﾀ) on the popular Japanese TV drama Tokumei Kakarichō Tadano Hitoshi (特命係長・只野仁) on TV Asahi. In addition, Ozawa was on a 2007 episode of the Japanese variety show Megami no hatena (“The Goddess of What Is That”) on Nihon TV as part of a series with AV actresses telling why they went into AV work. She has also appeared on Japanese MTV with the hip hop artist SEAMO, who is also a fan, and in the 2007 music video Summer Time in the D.S.C. with the Yokohama hip hop group DS455.
Ozawa could be seen in 2007 performing twice at the Shinjuku striptease bar “Shinjuku New Art”. She took dance lessons to prepare but was still very nervous. She danced in a variety of outfits including appearing as a belly-dancer, a geisha and a cowgirl. Three videos were released of her performance and a behind-the-scenes interview.
She followed up on her Shinjuku experience by starring in a cabaret show in Macao. The show, called “Tokyo Nights”, ran at the Rockza night club in the Grand Lisboa Hotel from August 16 to September 6, 2008 and featured Ozawa and several other Japanese performers. The shows received mixed reviews. Promotional materials show her with a (temporary) tattoo.
In 2008, Ozawa acted in her first mainstream movie, Invitation Only, billed as “Taiwan’s First-Ever Slasher Horror”. The film is produced by Three Dots Entertainment in Taipei, Taiwan and co-stars Julianne Chu. Ozawa plays a supermodel and has dialog in English and Japanese. Her professionalism impressed her co-workers and her role was expanded to include further scenes. The film was released in Taiwan in August 2008. Ozawa, who is very popular in Taiwan, also did a photoshoot for the Taiwan version of FHM magazine in May 2009.
Her hobbies include cooking and watching AVs on her flatscreen television set. She also enjoys playing video games, and owns a pink Nintendo DS Lite, and a pink PlayStation 2 console. Ozawa has been fairly open about her private life granting several interviews and keeping a very detailed text and picture blog of her life and activities dating back to October 2005.
During a 2007 interview, Ozawa reported that her interest in the AV industry remains high, and her video cabinet contains nothing but AVs. She makes a good living from the industry, living in a mansion (a high-class apartment) with a US$1,682-per-month rent, and earning a minimum of $8,000 per month. However, while she says that she would quit the industry only if she is forced to do something else, she would try to prevent a friend from beginning work in the AV industry. Ozawa’s family and friends are against her chosen profession in spite of her apparent pride in her work. When she brought several of her videos home to show her parents, they refused to watch them and told her to get out.
In mid-2008, it was reported in the Japanese tabloid newspapers Shūkan Bunshun and Tokyo Sports that Ozawa was dating J-pop star Koki Tanaka from the group KAT-TUN. According to the reports, Ozawa neither confirmed or denied the rumours, saying only “If I’m dating someone I will stay devoted to him! I have a rule against sex friends. It’s not a good thing, plus having one boyfriend is enough”.