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Model Izumi Mori, 25, left, and Miss Universe Japan 2006 Kurara Chibana, 26, wear platinum jewelry worth 3.9 million yen and 3.15 million yen, respectively, at an event held by Platinum Guild International in Tokyo. PHOTO BY TARO FUJIMOTO

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Izumi is showing Kurara how to hold a microphone. xD

"jewelry worth 3.9 million yen"

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

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A pair of necklace worth 7 million yen..pic of the day?!

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How does the Peach John slogan go? - "Lingerie is Love Jewelery'?

Kurara is, as always, gorgeous. Great dress, too.

The one on the left, unfortunately, looks like a horse wearing a cheap sack.

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Thanks Sarge for putting some life in this picture of the day!

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Izumi Mori: You can be become a famous model even if you do not look the part when you have a rich, famous family backing you.

Kurara Chibana: I agree with SushiSake about her. She is another example of true Japanese beauty, just like Satomi Ishihara yesterday.

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Kurara, a true beauty and talent. Sorry for the naysayers but speaking four languages, coming very close to winning miss universe, is as qualified as beautiful and talented than 99.9 % of celebrities in hollywood (y'all know who you are, will inevitably come here within the hour claiming there are thousands of hotter looking women than these two on an average yokohama intersection, etc. etc.).

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Is Izumi Mori the property developer's daughter?

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Kurara Chibana beats hands down any woman I would see waiting at an average intersection in my home country. :-(

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SushiSake3 Mori's grandmother is a famous fashion designer. She is one of those who are mixed-race models (her mother is Italian American). I think she is cute.

Kurara Chibana is always attractive.

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This kind of thing makes me sick. There are people living on $1 a day who have to walk miles for water and fight to keep fed day to day. But here we are in Japan thinking how wonderful it is for someone to parade arond with 3.9 mil in useless trinkets.

Would rather see Mori and Chibana supporting carbon neutral products or fair trade items. Isn't it time we quit admiring wealth and start thinking about other values and qualities to aspire to? Like creativity, charity, volunteerism, compassion, empathy. And respect for people doing good in the world like helping the aging, teaching, providing care for someone, working to improve the environment.

Just sick to death of the materialistic goo that spews out all day everywhere you look in modern society. We admire some model and her jewels and ignore people who struggle every day trying to do something truly meaningful.

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tkoind2, well said!

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Kurara Chibana...classic japanese beauty

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I'm sure the platinum could be put to better use.

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rjd_jr...Absolutely, Kurara is very attractive. But so what? Why is it "news" that Japan can parade a never-ending stream of attractive women to shill some kind of product or service on a daily basis? I agree with tkoind2 completely. This country is fascinated/obscessed with the material aspects of life, and gives almost no value to the more important things. She'd be much more attractive to me if she was wearing jeans and a polo shirt, but giving 3.15 million yen to the victims of the recent cyclone.

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This country is fascinated/obscessed with the material aspects of life, and gives almost no value to the more important things.

There you go again, Jerseyboy. "Old habits...."

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Jerseyboy, it's news in the sense that two celebrities are promoting something. Celebrities in countries all over the world do it, from jewelry to clothing to makeup to cars to, well, you all get the picture. What does this have to do with Japan, when it happens in all countries? Notice this picture wasn't in the crime section or the main news section of JT. It's just a simple picture, nothing more nothing less. Seems to me that people are just bringing up the "japan is vapid this isn't news" card to try and seem of a higher moral character than others.

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Some people here are incredible. They see this picture and somehow think this is THE news of the day in Japan?? Have they absolutely no ability to check the normal Japanese news in papers or on television? You will have a hard time finding this news in it. This "news", my dear boys, belongs under trivia and not more than that. I don't know why some here keep confusing it with front page news, but it says a lot about their intelligence.

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this picture combined with yesterday's picture and all the comments have really helped me get it. you guys cream yourselves over ANY japanese girls, whether they are even marginally attractive or not. you should really raise your standards. there are more beautiful girls than this walking down the streets in tokyo. why fawn over these two or the one from yesterday?

sarge, in regards to yesterday's photo: my eyes are open. but i think you have only ol' one-eye open when thinking about these girls.

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I agree openyoureyes. Yesterday's girl was one that would make my knees buckle a little bit, but today's are your run of the mill ordinary looking girls. Imagine them without make-up, wearing a Gap t-shirt and sweats with morning dragon breath. different picture huh? You boys have got to look into this. I'll teach you guys as we go!!

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openyoureyes and thebottomline sound like a pair of jealous teenage girls. What's the matter? Aren't you getting enough attention?

This photo is OK. The tall girl raises the bar to the next level for me. It's just a shame this promotion wasn't for something more important like, save young Japanese from gassing themselves.

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sarcasm123 I don't think anyone sees JT as THE anything for Japan. But it is A resource for news and information in Japan. In any case criticism does not indicate a lack of intelligence. It indicates an interest in change and development. Why not encourage a weak web rag to become something more than it is today? In your view should we just be content to have things be marginal? Or do you expect everyone to conform to your definition of intelligent news resources.

Most of us read JT for a little local gaijin flavor in our morning rounds of news and information. I, for one, would like to see this web rag evolve a bit. Thus the criticisms I frequently post. Instead of criticism aimed at people who care enough to post, how about offering something constructive yourself?

It would be nice to see JT show something other than the latest canned add campaign photos here. Consider it a challenge to JT to spend a little more energy trying to write and publish something useful. The potential of one more good news resource is worth a few lines of text, don't you think?

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Well thebottomline, aren't we grand! It's nice to know you have such a high opinion of yourself. Gees, what a man you are! Good luck in Shibuya on Saturday night. Have you ever worn high heels and 30 grand's worth of platinum jewelery?

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damn "thebottomline". smoke your pole.....

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Wow, some of you guys/girls seem to think that the standards of beauty that we should consider attractive are best defined for us, by you. Again "eye of the beholder". Maybe so many people are fawning all over these women because THEY think that they are attractive. thebottomline, maybe I would still find them attractive in the morning. Sure, she would need a breath mint, I'd sure give her a run for which one of us needs one more, but most women who are attractive to me with makeup on, when seen without, are attractive to me. It's not the "wow look at how hot I am", it's something a little more subtle.

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No, I haven't worn high-heels, but I will buy one, then i grab a rag and wax, shine it up nicely, make sure I can see my reflection in it, THEN I will turn it side-ways and stick it up your....

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I meant:

"Sure, she would need a breath mint, I'd sure give her a run for which one of us needs one more, but most women who are attractive to me with makeup on, when seen without, are STILL attractive to me."

Maybe I'm just a weirdo like that...

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Why Japanese girls are so beautiful? Because of beauty of Tokyo city (i.e. modernized & civilized).

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sarcasm123...I respond to your most recent rant, but tkoind2 has already done so (Thanks). And very eloguently as well. I particularly like his question of you: "how about offering something constructive yourself?" A point I have made many times as well. One thing he overlooked, however, was to mention that JT is not the only "news" source here in Japan that will run this picture -- as you well know. If it were, companies would not spend the millions of yen needed to hire these celebs and host the press conference. They know it will get mass exposure. That was my point, and your smarta@@ reply does not make it any less valid. have a good weekend.

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Er... it would be nice if we could actually see the jewelry. Then maybe it would be a story (LMFAO)

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The person on the left doesn't even look Japanese.

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with all the rants and raves here, all i can say is "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

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Sarcasm123, news worthy or not it is good to see models and pageants who are well respected in Japanese society get blogged on an accessible media, isn't it? I mean how often would you walk down Shibuya, see a girl, and be able to truly say that one's a gold and the other's not. Knowing how these model citizens dress, knowing how they are involved, knowing how they are perceived helps us readers understand at least how poor and disgraceful the girls you see in shibuya are, doesn't it?

this is my first ever rant here, and all in all JT seems to be a real good resource in putting current issues in Japan in perspective of an part-american reader. kudos to JT.

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The person on the left doesn't even look Japanese.

because she's not 'really' Japanese.

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Why Japanese girls are so beautiful? Because of beauty of Tokyo city (i.e. modernized & civilized).

So that's why so many have moved there.

Personally, if they're not wearing pleated skirts, forget it.

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Have they absolutely no ability to check the normal Japanese news in papers or on television?

Hey everybody! Look! Sarx can read Japanese! Isn't she special? And she hardly ever mentions it, either.

I can honestly say I've rattled a sight worse than either of these two fillies, but I certainly wouldn't be splashing out 4 million yen on a bauble. Never seen the point of platinum at all. Why spend more than you'd pay for gold on something that looks like silver?

But where's Riyo Mori? I'd certainly splash out a fair wad on her.

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Some people here are incredible. They see this picture and somehow think this is THE news of the day in Japan?? Have they absolutely no ability to check the normal Japanese news in papers or on television? You will have a hard time finding this news in it. This "news", my dear boys, belongs under trivia and not more than that. I don't know why some here keep confusing it with front page news, but it says a lot about their intelligence

I have no idea wtf you are babbling about, who said it was front page news? where?

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I think these ladies should stick to a natural hair color. I do not understand why so many Asians would want to change their hair color. In my opinion, Ms. Chibana, is the better looking of the two. It looks as if Ms. Mori has changed the shape of her eyes. I agree she does not look Japanese but what do I know.

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"I do not understand why so many Asians would want to change their hair color"

The answer is easy: they're bored with black. The same reason women everywhere dye their hair, to change their looks. In Japan it's now boring to see so many women and men with their hair dyed actually. I don't know for sure but someone mentioned Mori is of mixed heritage, which might explain the shape of her eyes.

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Izumi Mori is half American, her mother being an American fashion model. And after watching the video, I'd say she's obviously veru good looking, although she's typcally model-skinny. http://japansugoi.com/wordpress/izumi-mori-and-cheetah-video/

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I think these ladies should stick to a natural hair color. I do not understand why so many Asians would want to change their hair color. In my opinion, Ms. Chibana, is the better looking of the two. It looks as if Ms. Mori has changed the shape of her eyes. I agree she does not look Japanese but what do I know.

You dont know much. I have an aunt that is pure Japanese that looks a lot like Ms.Mori, but just a little older. Japanese people come in many different shapes, sizes, figures, etc... including eye shape.

So what if she changes her hair color. Ashley Judd has done it, Nicole Richie does it, J-Lo does it, and pretty much any chick you see in an American mall has done it. RELAX SEABISCUIT!

Please educate yourself about Japan/Japanese people before you make rediculous comments.

k-thanks!

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@OhioDonna

hopefully I didn't put it as bluntly as some, but I can understand why Westerners think that the Japanese are better looking in their natural usually black hair, it suits them and it's shinier. Although some Japanese claim to have natural lighter hair (and some even dye it black!) and yes, their features are varied if you get a closer look. Anyway I would have liked to see that jewelry more closely.

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Not a very complimentary photo really, but the left one is a bit scary. She also looks a bit too skeletal for me.

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