Miss International contestants race against locals removing bean sprouts roots

Miss International contestants race against locals removing bean sprouts roots

On October 25, at the Municipal Market in Gusuku, Nago, Ikumi Yoshimatsu (third from left) and other contestants in the beauty pageant enjoyed interacting with locals.

October 29, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 25, the 52nd Miss International, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who is from Japan, and the top five finalists visited the Nago Municipal Market where they interacted with local people.

Divided into a Miss Team and the Citizen Team, they competed to remove as many roots of bean sprouts as they can in three minutes. Three pageant contestants, including Yoshimatsu, challenged market’s employees Chiyo Nagano and Hideko Gushiken to a race. Both teams removed the same amount of fibers, but the Citizen Team, who have doing this kind of work for 50 years, came out ahead because they didn’t leave any fibers on the table, while the Miss Team scattered many bean sprouts around.

With “Yambaru beauty” as the theme, the young women took part in another event in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. They enjoyed a breakfast made up of food good for health and beauty. The vegetables for this were provided by the Yambaru Farmers Project, which aims to promote the local community through agriculture.

Yoshimatsu said, “I’m grateful for the kindness of the Nago people. This was my first time to try removing bean sprout fibers, and I really enjoyed myself. I would also like to thank everyone for the healthy meal.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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