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Miss International Beauty Pageant in Okinawa 2012

Miss Japan

Miss International Beauty Pageant in Okinawa 2012 took place on October 21st.

Miss New Zealand

As the audience arrived they wandered between photographs of the girls in swimsuits and heels.

Ryukyu Dancers and Eisa Drummers

The ceremony opened with some traditional Ryukyu dancing and drumming, a nice Okinawan touch.

National Costumes

The first event was national costumes,


followed by the swimsuits, and then the evening gowns. (Which was amusing titled as the Night Gown Competition)

The Top 15 finalists

The announcement of the top 15 finalists was met with cheers as most of the favorites made the cut.

Tida Dance Studio in Chatan

Each of the finalists gave a short speech before hip hop dancers from the Tida Dance Studio in Chatan performed. The kids were fantastic and the highlight of the evening.

The winners are announced

After quite a wait, the winner was announced, Miss Japan.

2nd Runner Up (Sri Lanka),Winner (Japan), 1st Runner Up (Finland)

Huge cheers from the majority of the crowd, but quite a few raised eyebrows from the non Japanese members of the audience.

Miss International 2012 Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan

After the audience had left, the press got to take some photographs of the top 5. I held a speed light at arm’s length in my left hand and took a few quick shots. Would have preferred to use a softbox or an entire studio, but you work with what you’ve got.

1st Runner Up – Miss Finland

4th Runner Up – Miss Paraguay

Overall, an interesting evening. Originally I’d guessed Miss Columbia would take the title, then after the speeches I was sure it was going to be Miss Philippines or Miss Haiti. The event was a good showcase for Okinawa. The contestants got to experience the culture and beauty of the Ryukyu Islands along with a few of its other charms like typhoons and flexible timekeeping.

Special Award Winner – Miss Haiti


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