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Nov15 2019

Mie Prefecture Visit Day! TOP 5 from the Miss International Beauty Pageant 2019 visited Mikimoto Pearl Island and Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture!

The Japan Inter Culture Foundation (Location: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Chairperson: Akemi Shimomura) held Mie Prefecture Visit Day as a part of friendship activities of the TOP 5 from the Miss International Beauty Pageant 2019, where they visited Mikimoto Pearl Island and Ise Jingu Shrine.

The "Miss International Beauty Pageant" (hereinafter "Miss International") is one of the world's three largest beauty pageants, along with Miss World and Miss Universe. It started in 1960 and celebrates its 59th anniversary this year. The aim is to deepen exchanges among beautiful and high-willed women who want to contribute to the international community, such as international friendship and world peace.
Miss International was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, and Thailand representative Sireethorn Leearamwat (25) was selected as Miss International 2019.

From November 15 (Fri), five of the 82 Miss International Beauty Pageant contestants who were selected as the TOP5, including the representative from Thailand, visited Mikimoto Pearl Island and Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture. At Mikimoto Pearl Island, they saw a demonstration of fishing by women and experienced the work of extracting pearls from the pearl oyster. Many questions were asked by the Miss contestants during this first-time experience. They eagerly listened to the stories by the women divers at the exchange meeting, and were very interested and impressed. On November 16th (Sat), they visited Ise Shrine and reported on their Miss International activities this year.

<Overview of Mie Prefecture Visit Day>
■ Date: November 15(Fri) - 16 (Sat), 2019
■ Summary
[November 15 (Fri)]
・ 12:00-15:20 Mikimoto Pearl Island
・ 16:00-20:00 Welcome party (XIV Toba)

[November 16 (Sat)]
・ 10:00 - 12:00 Visit Ise Shrine
・ 12:00 - 13:20 Lunch

Photos from Mie Prefecture Visit Day

■ The 59th Miss International World Pageant

●Name The 59th Miss International Beauty Pageant
●Date November 12th (Tue), 2019  14:00-18:30
●Venue Tokyo Dome City Hall (1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
●Organizer Japan Inter Culture Foundation
●Host Tetsuya Bessho
●Performer 82 representatives of each country and region for the 2019 Miss International
●Judges Svetlana Tatiana IOSIPER, Her Excellency (Romanian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Japan)
Dewi Sukarno (Socialist)
Reiko Yukawa (music critic / lyricist)
Tateru Yoshino (Restaurant Tateru Yoshino Partner Chef)
Junko Koshino (fashion designer)
Ikuko Kawai (violinist / composer)
Katsuya Takasu (Director of Takasu Clinic)
Jiang Xiaosong (Chairman of Boao Holdings)
Sojitsu Kobori (The Enshu Tea Ceremony School, the 13th Head Family Munemi)
Okuhira Seiryo (Ishibashi-style Flower Arrangement Head Family )
Dr. Leon (President, International Professional Standards Network)
Mariem Velasco (2019 Miss International (Venezuela)
Akemi Shimomura (President, Japan Inter Culture Foundation) *Tentative
●Contents There were swimsuit and dress competitions, the Miss five continents announcement, speech competition, and we gave the following titles to
one of the 83 contestants of the pageant
● Miss International (1st - 5th Place)
● Miss Five Continents (Asia / Africa / America / Oceania / Europe)
● Special Award (Best National Costume / Best in Swimsuit / Best in Evening Gown / Miss Photogenic)
●Cooperation Esthetic Miss Paris / Miss Paris Group / JTB Corp./Takasu Clinic / Panasonic Corporation / Hikari TV (NTT Plala Inc.) / Arte Salon Holdings, Inc./Wave Corporation Inc./NSG Group (Niigata Sougo Gakuin Institution.) / K. Mikimoto & Co., Ltd./Mikimoto Pearl Island / MIRAIZ (Eishin Group) / Tobu Railway Co., Ltd./Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd./Body Make Studio CharmBody / Aloha Salad (Horimasa Co., Ltd.) / Rice Force (Im Co., Ltd.) / JTB Communication Design, Inc. / Hibino Media Technical Corporation / Iseed Co., Ltd. / Taisei Corporation * Random order
●Support Cabinet Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan Tourism Agency, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO),
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan New Business Conference Associations,
The Tokyo New Business Conference * Random order

■ About “Miss International”
Miss International, officially called “Miss International Beauty Pageant”, started in the United States in 1960. Although it was held in the United States for the first seven years, the right to hold the event was transferred to Japan in commemoration of the Japan World Exposition (1970 / Osaka). The world pageant where representatives of each country wishing for international peace gather as “goodwill ambassadors of beauty and peace” is held every year with a purpose to broadcast "prayers for peace" and the beauty of Japan to many countries around the globe. Also, Miss International conducts international exchange activities at the individual level. Through social contribution activities such as “Greening Promotion Campaign” and “Miss International Forum” as well as “Charity Events”, we are deepening friendship and goodwill between Japan and the rest of the world. “Miss International” official website: https://www.miss-international.org/jp/

■ About the "Japan Inter Culture Foundation”
In April 1969, the Japan Inter Culture Foundation was authorized and established as an external organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Cultural Exchange Department) for the purpose of "friendship and goodwill with countries around the world" through the exchange of world culture and art. Since then, as an international contribution project, we have been developing a wide range of interchange of people based on the slogans of "realizing world peace through mutual understanding" and "correct understanding of Japan in the international community."