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Monday, November 27, 2017

Miss Universe Japan National Costumes - Updated November 26 2017

Because I care, here's a photo gallery of Miss Universe Japan from 2002 - 2017 in their Japanese National Costume.

FYI: Miss Universe Japan took home the Best National Costume award for 2017!!! It was a flip costume...

And... because a reader cared enough to share that I actually had the wrong photo in for 2005, I spent over one hour searching for a photograph of Yukari Kazuya, Miss Japan 2005 in her National Costume. So... I am proud to state now... all of the costumes shown here are indeed representative of the Miss Universe Japan contestants!

Momoko Abe
A lovely costume that actually looks Japanese - something lacking since 2014. She won the award for Best National Costume at the Miss Universe 2017 pageant!
Nakazawa Sari
Nothing against beer servers from Germany, but this is what Miss Japan's 2016 national costume was. Tsk-tsk. Can you create a costume that takes away the sexiness of our representative and looks like nothing from Japan? You can? Great. This will show the world that Japanese women can look unsexy.   

Ariana Miyamoto
Considering what the other contestants were trotting out, this outfit is tame and unexciting. Also... can they pull her hair back anymore? Ridiculous colors, too. And yet, she still came in 10th place overall in the competition!

Keiko Tsuji
Why hide the body? Give us a side slit or two! It is, in my opinion, reminiscent of the 2006 contestant who actually won the event's Best National Costume. I do NOT think that the 2014 costume is as daring or as sexy as the 2006 version.
Yukimi Matsuo 
Came in 4th for Best National Costume award.

Ayako Hara

Maria Kamiyama
5th Runner-Up for best National Costume. It's my second-favorite. 

Maiko Itai

Emiri Miyasaka

Here's the 2009 Miss Universe Japan National competition full-costume worn by Emiri Miyasaka:
The Noh demon mask was an interesting touch, but hiding her pretty face was stupid.

Hiroko Mima
Top 15 pageant finisher, but not for the costume, which was nice, actually.

Riyo Mori
Was Miss Universe 2007.

Kurara Chibana
Won best National Costume at 2006 Miss Universe Pageant, and was 1st Runner-up Miss Universe. My favorite costume, too, obviously.

Yukari Kazuya

Eri Machimoto

Miyako Miyazaki
Was the 4th Runner-Up in the pageant, but not for the National costume.

Mina Chiba

In my opinion, the most fabulous national costumes for Miss Japan were worn by Miss Japan 2006, and 2010, and now 2017!

Miss 2006... heck, if you can make shin guards look sexy, then there's no doubt.

As for Miss 2010... maybe it's just the photo, but it looks like a true advertisement for high fashion or a high-quality perfume... over the top, but not.

And I say all that knowing that Miss Japan 2007 is one one the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Her national costume was okay... to me it was too similar to an advertisement for JAL (Japan Air Lines) from the late 1960s-1970s. Heck... many of the national costumes have that sort of look. See?

As for Miss Japan 2016's National costume... see how it looks similar to a German beer maid costume, but without the sexiness:
Maybe it's the shoulder straps that make it seem similar to me.


Andrew Joseph


  1. It isn't Yukari Kuzuya's National costume @ Miss Universe 2005, it's natcos of Miss Japan @ Miss International I guess

    1. Thanks! I'll look into that! I appreciate your sharp eyes!