Sari Nakazawa from Shiga was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2016 on 1st March 2016 in the national capital of Japan ,Tokyo. Nakazawa succeeds Ariana Miyamoto from Nagasaki, Miss Universe Japan 2015. Sari will now represent Japan at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.
During the pageant Sari said that Audrey Hepburn is the most influential person in her life. "She is not only beautiful on the outside but also on the inside and she did a lot of charity works."
Ariana Miyamoto Miss Universe Japan 2015 with Sari Nakazawa Miss Universe Japan 2016
The Miss Universe Japan pageant was created in 1998 in response to Japan’s then-recent lack of finalists at Miss Universe. It is a branch from the former Miss Japan pageant. Until 2007, the organisation managed to produce one winner – Akiko Kojima in 1959 – two top 5 runners-up and one top 15 semifinalist at the Miss Universe pageant. They finally won a second Miss Universe Crown in 2007 with Riyo Mori.
Miss Universe Japan 2016 Final Results
MISS UNIVERSE JAPAN: SHIGA - Sari Nakazawa
1st runner-up: KUMAMOTO - Sayaka Tsuchimoto
2nd runner-up: FUKUSHIMA - Mako Sato
3rd runner-up: KOCHI - Sayaka Nishimura
4th runner-up: SHIZUOKA - Yukari Shiotsuki
Completes the Top 16:
Miss Fukuoka-Keiko Fukushima
Miss Gifu-Haruka Yoshino
Miss Kagawa-Arika Sakamoto
Miss Kanagawa-Miku Takahashi
Miss Mie-Yada Momoe
Miss Nagano-Mizue Todoroki
Miss Nara-Yukiko Takano
Miss Okinawa-Konatsu Itokazu
Miss Tokushima-Kaori Arike
Miss sTokyo-Risako Nakamura
Miss Toyama-Ayumi Nakazawa