- Title: JAPAN: Japan's "best butt" title goes to a high school student
- Date: 22nd October 2007
- Summary: (L!2) TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 16, 2007) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BUTTOCKS CONTEST FINALISTS WALKING AND POSING ON STAGE A JUDGE MIRROR BALL CONTESTANTS DANCING VARIOUS OF KAHO WATANABE BEING CROWNED THE BEST BOTTOM QUEEN AND RECEIVING A FLOWER BOUQUET VARIOUS OF WATANABE SHOWING HER BUTTOCKS TO PHOTOGRAPHERS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) KAHO WATANABE, CROWNED JAPAN'S BEST BOTTOM QUEEN, SAYING: "Many people in the world might think Japanese people's buttocks are sagging or very small, compared to other nationalities. I want to shake off that image." VARIOUS OF CONTESTANTS LINING UP ON STAGE AND POSING FOR PHOTOS ALL TOGETHER
- Embargoed: 6th November 2007 12:00
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
- Reuters ID: LVAC0LIR8TTRPM3NBVXG451MVS6R
- Story Text: Ten finalists in Japan's bottom contest shook their hips Tuesday (October 16) in Tokyo, vying for the title of the nation's most attractive "bottom queen."
The finalists who posed and danced in bras and panties on stage were selected out of more than 100 women who made their entries by submitting photos of their underwear-clad backsides to garment maker Triumph International, which started organizing the worldwide beauty butt contest this year.
After the contestants displayed their dancing and musical prowess, it was 18-year-old high school student Kaho Watanabe who was crowned Japan's bottom queen.
Watanabe said she was surprised to win as she was still recovering from a recently burned bum after she accidentally sat on a hair iron a few days before the contest.
The bottom queen also said that after years of Japan being the butt of jokes she wanted to lift its image from the bottom up.
"Many people in the world might think Japanese people's buttocks are sagging or very small, compared to other nationalities. I want to shake off that image," Watanabe told reporters after receiving the prize of a year-long supply of panties.
Watanabe will now take a seat at the world championship in Germany on October 31, earning a chance at the 10,000 euro grand prize and a one-year derriere insurance policy.
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