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Rei Kikukawa wins Fur of the Year award


Actress Rei Kikukawa, 35, is the 2014 winner of Fur of the Year, an award given by the Japan Fur Association to the celebrity whose image best matches fur. The award has been given eight times before.

A beaming Kikukawa appeared before the press wearing a fur coat worth 3 million yen, and said, "I'll have to polish my image so I will look good in fur."

Asked if she would wear the coat to go out drinking, Kikukawa said, "I don't think I could do that. It would be nice to wear it while walking along a street with beautiful illuminations for Christmas. But if I owned this coat, I'd probably keep it at home in a safe."

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But if I owned this coat, I’d probably keep it at home in a safe.”

You'd kill dozens of furry creatures, skin them and sew the skins together, to put it in a safe at home?? How about not killing anything, and putting the cash in your safe?


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Ready the ketchup.

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I'm sure your fur looks good Rei.

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I am all for hunting and consuming the game. I hunt for food, but having said that, I've never hunted to sport around some chinchilla around my neck. For me, personally, I don't understand it. Nowadays, there are other alternatives as far as wearing a fluffy animal over your shoulder, but again, it's MY OWN personal viewpoint. I would never hunt any animal just for the pleasure of hunting it. My wife has 3 fur coats, but none of them real, they do the job of keeping her warm and she looks radiant and it didn't take about 8 foxes do do the job. Luckily, fur is NOT as big in the states as it once was. There's been a huge decline, thankfully. In L.A. They used to be all over the place, ow in selected stores, tucked way in the back, mostly obscure from public eyes for the most part.

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The usual promotion from a Japanese Industry Association, masquerading as an 'award'.

Two years ago she would have been the Best Furrist!

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'Fur of the year'? The designer bag nouveau riche look is tacky but this is just plain nasty. A pity that an attractive, well-educated woman like this degrades herself.

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Nice coat - It gets me all warm & fuzzy!

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My animal carcass looks better than yours...pointless and stupid contest and exhibition. What are we? In the 1920's?

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Fur coat? What a 1%-er luxury item. I'd bet that coat costs at least three times what I payed for my car.

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I think she looks fabulous in that coat, and I have no issues with sustainable fur.

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@Bass 'I hunt for food' You said you were rich, enjoy hunting and believe in using the carcass after taking a snap. Why would you be opposed to using the skins/fur of the animals? Surely not using the fur would be wasteful. As a rich man, you don't need the meat to stave off starvation and Rei Kikukawa doesn't need a fur coat to stave off hypothermia.

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I have no issues with sustainable fur.

Fur isn't sustainable; the animal that provides it dies (sometimes not until after the skin is removed) and stays dead.

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she looks great, with or without, no matter what

i'm not taking sides, but it's hard to understand, that the more civilized we get, the more empathy some people have with animals. in old times you wear fur for warmth, and if you are powerful, you will acquire the best looking fur. now you do the same and some people consider this the greatest crime on earth. i'm just amazed and at a loss for some explanation.

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Not to fond of fur my self employed a. Said that my leather suit saved me at times during a bike spill.

There is a place for everything.

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@Takahiro The reason why people nowadays are less inclined to treat animals disgracefully is an increase in scientific knowledge. People used to enjoy the spectacle of roasting a netful of live cats over a bonfire. Men of science would carve open the chest cavity of a live dog in medical schools to show a beating heart and blood circulation for the few seconds the animal would survive. The reason why they did things like this was a belief that animals were incapable of feeling pain and the howls and screams of terror were just a reflex motion. We now know that our fellow mammals have highly developed nervous systems, very similar to our own, and are capable if feeling both physical and mental anguish. We also know that many creatures have a sense of 'I' and are capable of logic, thinking about the past and future and possibly mourning their dead. So, yes, the more civilised we get and the increased knowledge we gain should lead to a far greater respect for other living creatures.

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Why would you be opposed to using the skins/fur of the animals?

I think it is a little obvious that Bass is talking about those who hunt only for the fur and nothing else. I don't think Bass has any problem with those who hunt for food and at the same time use the skins to create clothing.

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@Noliving What a strange mail. Bass expressed a dislike for people wearing fur, all fur as far as I can gather, but as a hunter enjoys hunting for meat. I don't see where he mentions that wearing fur is okay as long as the meat is consumed. After all, his wife wears only artificial fur. Perhaps we'd be better off letting Bass deal with that one.

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Many people are not aware that the animals used for these fur coats spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison. Animals who are trapped in the wild suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frost bite, gangrene, and attacks by predators. But luckily there is no need to be cruel to stay warm and cool because cruelty-free fabrics and faux farms are available in many stores. Fortunately there are also organizations that are against the unethical treatment of animals. They work with designers and retailers to encourage them to use and sell only animal friendly fabrics.

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Fur promotion in 2013...? The expression >kuuki yomenai comes to mind.

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Rei Kikukawa wins Fur of the Year award

How much does anyone want to bet that she doesn't have any fur coats at all.

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YubaruNov. 30, 2013 - 03:23PM JST

How much does anyone want to bet that she doesn't have any fur at all.

I disagree, Japanese women have far too many fur coats for my liking.

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So are leather jackets 'a bad thing' too?

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Does anyone know for sure if this is real fur?

Moderator: It is valued at 3 million yen.

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"...whose image best matches fur"? Others should do this too. The Lumber Industry's award to the celebrity who best matches a block of wood. The Cattle Industry: best matches a cow. Petroleum Industry: most plastic image....

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I am a member of Wild Life Foundation/Sierra Club. All fur coats should be banned like Ivory.

All women wearing fur coats are seen as environmentally insensitive morons and it is too bad she is in IT. She looks too cheap and I am disappointed.

Be alert animal lovers will throw BBQ sauce, ketchup, coffee, wine if she comes to US like this. It just does not make her look too intelligent in public.

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Another example of how unaware this country is of real issues. Seems a constant in so many asspects of society - 20 years behind. What's the problem with eating tuna? What's Fair Trade? etc. etc .....

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ifd66Nov. 30, 2013 - 10:19PM JST

Another example of how unaware this country is of real issues.

Agree, but you cannot tell them that as they get too offended. I have similar problems with real issues during my stay in Japan.

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Where is Aya Sugimoto when you need her? You have a high profile celeb like her stripping off as a protest, and yet here we have Rei Kikukawa sucking up to the industry.

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Well, the article says it's valued at 3 million yen, but that's just info from a press release. PR firms will put anything in there.

But Cleo, there is definitely sustainable fur. If we know the average animal produces 3 offspring in a lifetime, once the 3rd or 4th is produced it's fine to reassign the animal from breeding to luxury purposes (the actual math is a little more involved than that). This ensures the survival of the species is never put at risk. It's also in our financial interest for the species to survive, because then we can keep producing beautiful fur products for the successful class. So, financial interest really is what keeps fur sustainable. I would argue that fur providers are actually the stewards of these animals.

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If we know the average animal produces 3 offspring in a lifetime, once the 3rd or 4th is produced it's fine to reassign the animal from breeding to luxury purposes

'It's fine', is it? Sez who? You kill an animal and it's dead, there's nothing sustainable about that. Do you think the individual animal cares about the survival of its species (aka a miserable existence in a tiny, dirty cage until it's time to make another coat) when its own skin is being ripped off its still-living body? Would you?

we can keep producing beautiful fur products for the successful class

Fur is beautiful on its original owner. Turn it into a fur 'product' and it's just another bit of meaningless blood-soaked bling for the mindless air-brain class. Successful? Your spell-checker isn't working. The word is l-o-s-e-r.

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Cleo, the industry self regulating bodies say it's fine, based on science. No one else understands the issue in such great depth, and no one else is as invested into the long term care and management of these animals as the industry itself. The beautiful thing about the free market is that you are free to not buy fur, and you are free to voice your opinion about fur. Likewise, those who live with a little more fine tuning to luxury and the finer things in life, we are free to ignore those opinions. We'll just agree to disagree.

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the industry self regulating bodies say it's fine

lol You would expect them to say different?

No one else understands the issue in such great depth

Try asking a mink about the issue.

those who live with a little more fine tuning to luxury and the finer things in life

I think you mean 'those who never progressed past the caveman stage'. There is nothing luxurious about dead bodies. Try being one, and tell us how you like it.

We'll just agree to disagree.

Agree with someone who thinks factory-farming and cruel killing methods just for the sake of adorning some empty-headed, morally-challenged air-head is a 'beautiful thing'? Not possible, sorry. The sooner a stop is put to the fur industry, the better.

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Fur is a big turn-off for me.

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It is devastating that wildlife were hunted for the skins, I also think it a shame that fur and skins are not recycled anymore but burned, destroying the vestiges of beauty forever. China and Japan are modern thriving places full of people who are in ignorance of the plight of the animals and indeed the fragile state of the global biosphere. Education will stop the desire for these items quick smart, these people are starting to think like us, in the Westernised world as in "Whew that came from a whales behind" and such.

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Rock on, Cleo!

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These people, like Kikuwa, should actually see how these furs are obtained before prancing around as if furs grew on trees.

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Another stupid one. The name of the award promised so much as well.

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There'll soon be more awards than server capacity.

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She looks good with or without fur. Hmmm - I nominate Rei for the "Best in a Bikini Award!"

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And yet another award people should be embarrassed about, and this one very environmentally unfriendly to boot.

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