Actress Hitomi Kuroki, 50, and comedian Junior Chihara, 37, have been honored at the 12th annual "Best Swimmer" awards. The pair were honored for helping to spread the popularity of the swimming.
"When I was a kid, I used to go swimming every day in the kind of river in which you'd expect to see a water sprite," said Kuroki who also revealed that she has been taking part in "aquabics" for the past few years. "I like to collect my thoughts by exercising in water before I go on stage. I feel water really affects me."
Chihara revealed that he likes to visit Miyako Island in Okinawa every month. "I like to think of new material for TV shows while I swim. I think I used to be a sea creature in a past life, " he said.© Compiled from news reports