The International Jewelry Tokyo (IJT), being held at Tokyo Big Sight until Saturday, is the biggest and most important international jewelry trade show. Each year, many visitors such as jewelry retailers, department stores and speciality stores visit IJT to proactively source products. Many active business discussions are held between exhibitors and visitors. Especially with the surge in overseas buyers especially from Asia. IJT is increasing its importance as a business arena with 1,350 companies from 36 countries taking part.
Part of the event is the annual “Japan Best Jewellery Wearer Awards Ceremony” which honors in each generation.
Emi Takei (actress) got the award in the teenage category (10-20), AKB48 singer Yuko Oshima for the 20s category, actress Ryoko Yonekura (30s), actress Rei Dan (40s), actress Kimiko Yo (50s), actress Ruriko Asaoka (60s), actor Koichi Sato (men’s category) and soccer player Keisuke Honda (sports category). Korean pop group Girls’ Generation were given a special award.
Takei commented that “being chosen for the Japan Jewelry Wearer Awards fills me with confidence. I would like to keep being a woman who fits the image of fine jewelry in the future.”
Yuko Oshima is one of the top members of popular girls’ idol group AKB48. She also appeared in the TV drama “Watashi ga renai dekinai riyu (The reason why I cannot be in love)” which aired from Oct 17 to Dec 19, 2011.
Oshima commented that “I am more nervous to be on this stage today than at an AKB48 concert. I’ll have to be as beautiful as this jewelry.” Oshima said that she received a Tiffany’s necklace from her mother when she turned 20.
Ryoko Yonekura was nominated for the 13th Japan Jewelry Wearer Awards in the 20s category, so this is her second time around. She played the main character in the TV drama “HUNTER – Sono onnatachi, Shokinkasegi (That women are pothunters)” which was on air from Oct 11 to Dec 13, 2011.
Yonekura commented that “I’m going to work hard so that I will be nominated for the 40s category.”
Dan commented that “I once saw how jewelry is made by craftsmen. It requires precision and I was so impressed at how they make beautiful jewelry. I would like to make myself beautiful with that same precision.”
Kimiko Yo appears in various TV dramas and movies such as “RAILWAYS Ai wo tsutaerarenai otonatachihe (for adults who cannot tell love)” which was in theaters in December.
This is the first time for her to be nominated for the Japan Jewelry Wearer Awards, so she called herself a rookie winner.
Ruriko Asaoka has been in the entertainment field since 1954, appearing in countless movies, TV dramas and musicals. She has won many awards, including the Golden Arrow Award, Mainichi Film Award twice in 1975 and 1995, “Nikkan Sports Film Award“, and so on.
She was also chosen for the 7th Japan Jewellery Wearer Awards for the 50s category. Asaoka commented that “I love wearing jewelry and shiny things from my childhood, and I am so honored to be nominated again.”
Actor Koichi Sato has won a Japan Academy Prize (Japan’s equivalent to the Oscars) six times.
Sato commented that “I cannot be a ‘shiny actor’ like jewelry, but I don’t want to be fake. I always want to be honest in my portrayals.”
Professional soccer player Keisuke Honda, who is popular for his fashion sense, and K-POP girls’ idol group Girls’ Generation were nominated for special awards.