Road to Miss World Japan 2013

The finale of Miss World Japan 2013 will be held in summer but the date and venue haven’t been confirmed yet. This year, the pageant will be held by Koo International Ltd, the new license holder of Miss World in Japan after the International Culture Association, organizer of Miss International, lost their license to send Japanese representative to Miss World.

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Nozomi Igarashi, Miss World Japan 2012

Nozomi Igarashi, Miss World Japan 2012

The new license holder of Miss World in Japan is actively recruiting contestants for the Miss World Japan 2013. The company is also the license holder of Mister World in Japan.

Last year, the International Culture Association sent Nozomi Igarashi, one of the finalists of Miss Japan International 2012, to represent Japan in Miss World 2012, in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, on August 18.

Throughout the history, the International Culture Association sent representatives to Miss World from 1965 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2012. From 2005 to 2007, Ines Ligron sent contestants to the international pageant.

Japan was rather successful at Miss World during the 1950s and 1960 period. However, they never won the Miss World tittle. Japan opened its Miss World campaign with a bang. Oriental beauty Midoriki Tokura clinched the 3rd runner-up place. The oriental beauty with a leggy figure appeared exotic right next to the other Western beauties.

The very next year, Japan was again at the top five. This time, Muneko Yorifuji finished as 4th runner-up. Muneko was the lone East Asian beauty in the semis. Marita Lindahl of Finland won the crown.

In 1960, Japan made it to the semifinals once again. Eiko Sakimurai which together with Miss Korea Lee Young-hee, are the only East Asians to make it to the Top 15, opened the three year straight placement for Japan. The very next year, Chie Nurakami was also in the Top 15.
Teruko Ikeda is the third Japanese beauty to penetrate the Top 5. She finished as fourth runner-up in a contest that was won by Catharina Johanna Lodders of the Netherlands.

After two years of missing the cut, Yuko Oguchi made it to the Top 16. At that time, Japan is slowly declining in the world of beauty pageants. After Yuko, it took eight years before Japan made the cut again. In 1974, Chikako Shima was hailed as the 6th runner-up.
Naomi Kishi is the last Japanese to make it to semis of Miss World during Japan’s golden era at the pageant. It took almost three decades before another Japanese will make the cut the Miss World. Naomi is the last Japanese beauty to be named as Continental Queen of Asia.

With American blood running in her veins, Eruza Sasaki ended Japan’s Miss World drought in 2009 edition of the pageant held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Eruza’s athleticism proved invaluable in her Miss World quest. She won the sports fast track contest thereby giving her a slot at the semis.

Courtesy of Missosology

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