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Aussie Pair in Contention for one of Japan’s Top Talent Contests

Ayano Wakayama (left) and Runa Takahashi, Aussie finalists in the 13th Japan Bishojo Contest

A pair of Gold Coast teens are among the finalists in the 13th Japan Bishojo Contest, a beauty and talent pageant for young women that has been the launching pad for some of Japan’s top female performers over the past 25 years.
Aussie-born Gold Coast residents Ayano Wakayama and Runa Takahashi are among the 21 finalists in the contest to be decided in Tokyo on Aug. 25, 2012.
The contest is open to young women aged 13 to 20 who want to become a star. Among the previous prizewinners in the contest who have gone on to become prominent performers in Japan include stars such as Aya Ueto, Ryoko Yonekura and Kaori Mochida.
Both Ayano and Runa are 14-year-old, Year Nine students from the Gold Coast. Ayano’s hobbies include ballet and other forms of dancing, while Runa enjoys horseriding and skiing.
Ayano Wakayama Promotional Video
Ayano Wakayama Profile (Japanese)

Runa Takahashi Promotional Video
Runa Takahashi Profile (Japanese)

13th Japan Bishojo Contest Official Site (Japanese)
Vote (and see current voting results) here.

Strine-speaking, Sydney-born star made Japan’s queen of natto fermented beans

Aussie Shiori Kutsuna, Japan’s newly crowned 2012 Natto Queen.

Strine-speaking Shiori Kutsuna has been declared the 2012 Natto Queen, an award handed out to celebrities who promote fermented soybeans, or natto, as they’re known in Japanese.
Kutsuna, a 19-year-old Sydney-born actress, was presented with her award at a ceremony in Tokyo earlier this week.
Natto are a popular dish, particularly in eastern Japan, and are highly valued for their nutritional content and health benefits.
Less widely praised are the gooey, sticky texture of the fermented beans.

Natto, fermented soybeans.

Kutsuna was born in Sydney and spent her formative years in Australia’s biggest city, learning how to speak fluent Strine.
She is a dual Australian-Japanese citizen.
As Japan’s Natto Queen, an award bestowed by the Japan Natto Cooperative Society Federation, Kutsuna follows in the footsteps of such luminaries as Rei Kikukawa, Aya Ueto, Tomomi Kahala, Kaori Manabe and Akiko Wada.

Shiori Kutsuna Speaking Strine