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Best Masknist Award 2020 held to honor pioneers in Japanese mask fashion

By SoraNews24

Japan by and large really likes face masks, but some may still wonder just how deep this affinity for veiling is.

This month, the first-ever Best Masknist Award was held at the Capital Hotel Tokyu in Chiyoda, Tokyo. This award honors the people in four categories who best exemplify the spirit of using a mask as a fashion accessory rather than just a plain old way to avoid killing people.


If this sounds familiar then you’re probably remembering the Best Jeanist Award that was also given out earlier this year for the 36th year. The concept was taken so quickly by the Best Masknist Award that they apparently forgot to remove an “n” from the name.

Still, it’s a well-intentioned event to help put a positive spin on wearing a mask. Despite the protective qualities, the fact that you can’t see other people’s smiles every day can have negative psychological effects. So perhaps by injecting some style this general malaise can be curbed.

▼ They do look happy…probably… It’s hard to tell for sure.

The Best Masknist Award 2020 was given to people in the fields of influencer/model, athlete, entertainer, and actor. In addition to bragging rights, each winner also gets a Gold Mask Trophy which is literally a trophy in the shape of a golden mask.

In the first category the Best Masknist Award went to model Yuki Kimura, affectionately known as Yukipoyo, for her commitment to wearing stylish masks. The award ceremony was no different with Yukipoyo sporting a matching ensemble punctuated with a leopard-print wide cut mask.


Accepting her trophy, Yukipoyo said to the audience, “I was honored because I had never expected to win the Best Masknist Award.”

Then again, who does expect to win a Best Masknist Award?


In the athlete category, soccer great Karina Maruyama can now put a Gold Mask Trophy next to her Olympic silver medal and FIFA World Cup 2011 champion medal. Knowing the importance of coordination on and off the pitch, she came on stage in a matching light blue mask and jacket.

Maruyama thanked the event’s sponsor SERAO for producing a mask with good breathability, which is indispensable for people with active lifestyles.


The Best Masknist Award 2020 for entertainers went to the Osaka-based comedy duo Milk Boy. Takashi Komaba and Takashi Utsumi became the toast of the comedy scene in Japan after winning last year’s M1-Grand Prix manzai competition, and have worn success well, especially when masks are involved.

Milk Boy stayed true to their ostentatiously Osakan roots with Komaba in a zebra print mask and Utsumi in a hemp leaf pattern.


Finally, the Best Masknist actress award went to Mayuko Kawakita, star of numerous Japanese TV shows and feature films. She came out full-tilt with a smoky blue mask that even matched with the color of the stones in her earrings and necklace.

Kawakita gracefully accepted her Gold Mask Trophy and told the audience, “because masks are indispensable in my life I’m honored to receive the Best Masknist Award.” And after a Q&A with all the winners, the first Besk Masknist Awards ceremony came to a close.

Source, images: PR Times

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tamanegi Today  04:19 pm JST



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what’s a Masknist? Try using your own language, it works perfectly fine.

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What the hell is a masknist? This is so dumb

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Maskette is my choice. Masknist makes no sense, really. It's all cosplay, folks, and massive virtue signalling. Still, I will admit that I enjoy the inventive fashions of masks, while basically hating them.

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It's all cosplay, folks, and massive virtue signalling.

Masks very likely help prevent the spread of Covid.

Not virtue signaling.

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Wait. I was expecting an array of unique masks.....

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The guy with the mask barely covering his face should get the Shinzo Abe Medal of Mask Honor.

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Bloody ridiculous. I wanna see the best paper-baggist.

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Best nothingnist

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Utsumi in a hemp leaf pattern

Sensei, you've either had too much sensi, or never seen any in your puff.

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It would be much more worthwhile to receive a flying fickle finger of fate award.

Who wants a face diaper as a trophy, no matter how clever the mask is?

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Best Masknist hands down Abe Shinzo for shipping out impractical masks on the public dime which nobody wore and from which his cronies' companies profited.

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....WTF! Ok, for COVID totally get masks! When COVID is over I REALLY wanna go back to the 90s early 2000's before fools started wearing masks for NO DAMNED REASON!

There I feel better

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Only the Japanese can get this stupid with meaningless awards. And don't take that as an insult, all my Japanese friends - I know you'll all agree because you've said the same thing to me for years. I trust none of you watched this nonsense.

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Only the Japanese can get this stupid with meaningless awards.

And...? If they enjoy it, why do people crap on their enjoyment? It's a condescending attitude.

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Why not just "Best Mask Award"?

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Nope! Didn’t even read the article! Looked at the photos of the beautiful Mayuko Kawakita though.

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toolonggone, it’s not about the mask, it’s about the mask wearer. Masknist is an ugly word, difficult to use and if it is a hangover from “Jeanist” just wrong. It’s just a bit of fun for publicity but...

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For all you complaining about the name... For once they got it right.

Consider the alternative...

Best Maskist Award

I challenge you to say that out loud without sounding like

Best Marxist Award

But let's not bother taking time to think about it. Let's just complain about what's immediately in front of us.

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