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May 6th was a fatal day for a 24-year-old Risa Nagashima, a veteran indication from Takasaki, a bustling informal city right into a heart of Japan, Gunma Prefecture. Though she represented Yamagata Prefecture during a initial Miss Supranational Japan beauty manifestation (2016 dermozone Miss Supranational Japan), that was hold in Saitama City, Risa is a unapproachable daughter of Gunma where she was innate and raised. Besting 19 other finalists from all over Japan, Risa’s contingent coronation was deliberate as a feat from behind as she only zoomed her approach adult to bind a crown.
Interestingly, Risa is a third uninterrupted lady to have come from Miss Universe Japan representing her nation during Miss Supranational. Her dual predecessors – Ayaka Wakao (2014) and Mieko Takeuchi (2015) – were her batchmates during MUJ 2014, which was won by Keiko Tsuji of Nagasaki. When not bustling with work, loves to spend her giveaway time furloughed with her motorbike and suffer a beauty of nature.
During a cooking with Risa before she left for Poland, she non-stop adult and common some engaging stories about herself and a reason given she assimilated Miss Supranational Japan 2016. (Translated from a strange Japanese by Stephen I. Diaz)
Why did we join Miss Supranational Japan 2016?
To be honest, after competing during Miss Universe Japan 2014, we was already confident with my Top 15 placement. But somehow, we felt that we could have finished better. While operative as a model, we came opposite this eventuality to try-out for Miss Supranational Japan and we grabbed it. This time, we betrothed to myself that it would be my final pageant, so we directed for a crown. we assimilated a manifestation to win.
So what were a differences between competing during Miss Universe Japan and Miss Supranational Japan?
First of all, it is a transparency. I don’t wish to contend that Miss Universe Japan was bad given we had a good time competing there, though Miss Supra was a lot opposite given a judging routine was shown in public. People saw that a judges were there to weigh us, and there was no tip concern that happened before a proclamation of winners. I have to add, as well, that there is a certain comfortable feeling among a Miss Supranational Japan family that we unequivocally appreciate. The contestants were understanding and helpful, instead of looking during a subsequent lady as a opposition or threat. The staff treated us with adore and care, like a family member. Also, a final foe was unequivocally exciting, to a indicate that a assembly unequivocally had a good time watching. We also got a possibility to correlate with a internal people in Omiya, and we were not clogged in only one space. It was a comfortable accepting that we, a contestants, had felt that finished Miss Supranational Japan a good manifestation to participate.
Do we consider that Miss Supranational Japan was a satisfactory pageant?
I will be cursed if we contend that it was not satisfactory (laughs) though after competing in dual inhabitant pageants, we can contend that with Miss Supranational Japan, many of those who watched a manifestation would determine that it was a satisfactory pageant. My manifestation sisters were honestly happy for me, and their supporters seem to have concluded with a outcome. It all boiled down to a judges, and a people saw that there was no enchanting hocus pocus that happened. The scores were tabulated by a creditable firm, and a owners even went on theatre to hoop a pouch that contained a result.
What can we contend about a spin of finalists during a initial Miss Supranational Japan?
We had a good collection of contestants and even adult to now we can't trust that a judges had selected me. Now, we am representing all of a girls who competed with me final May in Saitama City, and given of that we am even some-more desirous to paint a nation good in a general contest. Imagine, from a 20 of us, there are around 5 girls who have left or who are going to an general contest. It is not normal in Japan to have one foe where 4 or 5 girls will be given a possibility to competition abroad. I have to contend that Miss Supranational Japan is firm to spin bigger and better.
Why do we consider we were selected as a winner? (One of a judges was Hiroko Mima, Miss Universe Japan 2008 and Top 15 finalist during Miss Universe 2008)
I consider (some pause) a judges had seen that we was only being myself and was simply carrying fun while on stage. Like we said, it all boiled down to what a judges were looking for, and during that night they saw in me a certainty that finished them consider that we should win. Actually, we was dancing during a backstage while watchful for my spin given we was vehement to be onstage and to perform. All of us, a finalists, got a same training and time to do rehearsals, so to me, we only suspicion that we should only suffer a impulse and be myself. And it worked!
Since winning a crown, what arrange of activities have we finished as Miss Supranational Japan 2016?
I got a possibility to be represented by a good displaying agency. So we got some-more displaying offers given apropos Miss Supranational Japan. I became an picture indication for Lycee, a slip code that was one of a sponsors during a inhabitant competition. Being Miss Supranational Japan also gave me a certainty to try-out for Paris collection, and we got in! So, final Sep we was in Paris! But we consider a biggest grant that we have done, so far, is when a Japanese Handball Association beheld my victory.
Tell us about that…
Many people do not know that we was indeed a handball actor from youth high propagandize until college. I was partial of a Gunma varsity group that represented a prefecture in a inhabitant competition, where we also acted as a group captain. We indeed finished it adult to a Final 8. Anyway, we have been concerned in sports for a prolonged time, so we majored in sports business in college, during Hosei University. Handball is not renouned in Japan, though it is renouned in Europe, like in Poland, where a Miss Supranational finals will be held. Because of my feat during Miss Supranational Japan, we was means to enthuse a competition organisation members. I finished them feel that someone from a tiny round can indeed win a pageant, and competition in an general contest. So they are unequivocally vehement for me, to a indicate that they even finished a “Team Risa” t-shirt.
So, what kind of Miss Japan are we going to design from we during a Miss Supranational 2016 manifestation in Poland?
Poland and Slovakia! Please don’t forget a co-host nation (laughs).
Oh sorry… Poland and Slovak Republic.
(Smiles)… So, anyway, we was innate and lifted in Japan, and we have never gifted vital abroad, so in a approach – not observant it in a uncanny approach – we am someone who best represents a standard Japanese. I consider that only being who we am and display to a universe a values and integrity that have been instilled in me by my parents, we will be means to paint a nation with grace and pride. And also, we wish people to commend a existence of a Japanese competition team, and what we are means of. Handball is unequivocally renouned in Europe, though not in Japan, so we wish this eventuality to uncover to them that we are also good during it. Tokyo Olympics will be hold 4 years from now, so we consider that being a sportsperson, we can best paint a clever and dynamic Japanese lady by Miss Supranational.
This is unequivocally interesting, given we hardly associate a beauty black with someone who is unequivocally ardent to a specific competition fortify like you.
I consider this is unequivocally a ideal possibility for me. This is a singular eventuality to be means to bond a vital manifestation like Miss Supranational into sports given manifestation girls are also athletes in a possess way. Yes, we can foster traveller spots by beauty pageants, or even gift activities or events. But to me, this is my advocacy, and we wish people to improved conclude handball, or any sporting eventuality that they are ardent with. The hum word in Japan right now is a Olympics, and a lot of domestic and business decisions are anchored with Tokyo 2020. As early as now, we wish to be means to make a grant to that by my advocacy.
Finally, any summary to your fans and supporters during Missosology?
Arigatou (thank you) is all we can say! Thank we for a adore and support. I don’t know how to answer everybody back, though really, appreciate we for all a adore that we have given me. I unequivocally wish to contend some-more though we don’t wish to skip my train, so greatfully continue to support me as we competition in Poland and Slovakia.