CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS goes out to 20-year-old SASEBO, NAGASAKI JAPAN-native ARIANA MIYAMOTO, who on Thursday, March 12, became the first BLACK WOMAN to be crowned MISS UNIVERSE JAPAN 2015 (MISS JAPAN 2015)!!!
As the winner of the MISS JAPAN title, she will represent her home country of JAPAN in the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE BEAUTY PAGEANT.
ARIANA MIYAMOTO was born in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, of a BLACK Father, JAPANESE Mother, and self-identifies as Japanese, because she is JAPANESE.
She is a Japanese citizen who grew up in Japan, and upon graduation from high school, moved to the UNITED STATES to attend college.
However, her historic victory is not without controversy in her homeland.
HAFU is a term used in Japan to describe someone of biracial ethnicity, i.e., HALF-JAPANESE.
It is because of this that many in Japan are of the opinion that their brand-spankin' new Miss Universe Japan 2015/Miss Japan 2015 in NOT JAPANESE ENOUGH to wear the crown, or to represent their country.
NBC NEWS reports according to local media, even she was initially a little wary about entering the pageant because she was, HAFU.
MEGUMI NISHIKURA, Filmmaker and Co-Director of film, HAFU, said;
"The selection of Ariana Miyamoto as this year's Miss Universe Japan is a huge step forward in expanding the definition of what it means to be Japanese. The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go."
According to the film, "Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan," 20,000 half-Japanese people are born in Japan each year, including both multiethnic and multiracial people.
HAFU Co-Director LARA PEREZ TAKAGI said;
"In a country where the majority of fashion beauty magazines and TV shows are reigned by 'hāfu' models and actors. It was actually about time that a mixed-race Japanese girl won the Miss Universe pageant."PEACE, LOVE, And CRAZY COOL GROOVY BLESSINGS to Ms. ARIANA MIYAMOTO - MISS UNIVERSE JAPAN 2015.