As for the blonde hair blue eyes. If you where to give every female character in a moe anime black hair, and brown eyes, they would all look the same. For the fact that its the same style in drawing for the series. I feel that the Japanese just want to explore other looks like many other countries do. (dyeing thier hair, make up, ect.) dont see it as them trying to look like a caucasian. I think you are right about them wanting lighter skin, and that its considered beautiful. Although I do know that some Japanese are naturaly light becuse of the climate in Japan. Even in Korea.
My point is that I dont think the Japanese look like a stereotypical asian. I think they have a different look then most, and do look like anime characters. (though not all of course)
Just expressing my oppinon, and getting my point across. ^^
Sorry, the first was a typo on my part, it was suppose to be 'but', not 'and'. It was supposed to be pointing out that because so many anime characters have so very unjapanese hair and eye colour, I hardly see the body type not-being you're typical Asian type as something to be thought about much. However, I never said anything about them trying to be Caucasian.
Yes, some are naturally light, like some British are naturally have a darker skin tone, but very few are as light as you'd see in you're typical anime/manga.
I think the biggest thing that sets the Japanese apart to identify them is their fashion sense. When I was working in Oxford Pizza Hut, I could often tell who was Japanese not by the features, but their clothes. They have distinctive features, just like the French have certain features, or the Italians and British do, but at the same time, it's pretty damn hard to tell the difference (I've had a similar conversation with Japanese people, and they say they can't tell the difference between Japanese, Korean, Chinese and other Asians).
I don't think Japanese people really look like Anime characters because, as so wonderfully stated by the people just before me, no one looks like anime character. If you're on a train in Japan, you don't look around and think how everyone look like anime characters. Chances are, the ones that do are what you would consider to be attractive. I've seen as many people in England that I've thought look just like a character as I have done in the real Japanese cosplay scene (by which I mean, not the photos that filter to us through the internet). But then maybe that's because what I'm interested in when I look at a cosplay is the costume, not the face or body that goes with it (though the mind inside can be just as interesting).
Besides, it's completely irrelevant. Cosplay is a hobby, what you look like shouldn't have any factor in your hobby. If you're having fun and you're not harming anyone, then I don't care.