Yuri Ebihara (蛯原 友里 Ebihara Yuri), also widely known by her nickname "Ebi-chan" (ebi means "shrimp" in Japanese), is a Japanese model and actress, well known for her appearances in many national and international campaigns.
Ebihara first developed her interest in modeling while in college, working part-time as a model for Fukuoka department store fliers. In April 2002, she moved to Tokyo to focus on her career, and her first big break came as a model for Japanese fashion magazine CanCam, with whom she had an exclusive contract. During her time with CanCam, she gained popularity for the feature "Ebichan OL," (Office Lady Ebichan) aimed at young college women and working women.
Ebihara has since become a spokesperson and model for many brands, including Fuji Film, Asian food company Meiji, video game developer SEGA, and automaker Subaru. She has also been the spokesperson for Samantha Thavatha handbags since 2004 and the face of Shiseido's Benefique line since 2011.
In 2005, Ebihara appeared in the campaign for McDonald Japan's shrimp burger, known as the Ebi Filet-O. It was originally intended to be a limited edition menu item, but after selling more than 10 million units in the first month it debuted - a direct result of Ebihara's involvement with the campaign - it is now a permanent menu item.
Ebihara has also expanded her career into acting, appearing in several television dramas and films, including Hashire! Yamagasa, Tokumei Kakaricho Tadano Hitoshi and Busu no Hitomi ni Koishiteru.
Born in Miyazaki Prefecture, Ebihara is a graduate of Kyushu Sangyo University, where she studied fine arts. Ebihara's hobbies include swimming and playing basketball. She was the captain of her basketball team in high school. She has a younger twin sister named Eri Ebihara.
Yuri Ebihara