Reflecting the Korean invasion in Japanese pop culture, two South Korean dance units, known for their eyebrow-raising costumes and choreography, were among seven individuals and groups named this year's best dressers by a fashion trade organization.
The six-member Choshinsei (Supernova) male song-and-dance unit, and the five-member girls group Kara were bestowed the Best Dresser Award in the international category at a ceremony on Nov. 30 in Tokyo.
Choshinsei is known for its variable wardrobe that combines slick formal attire and sportswear, while Kara has gathered the attention of fans and non-fans alike for their revealing outfits.
While the award for the international category was the first in two years, and the first to go to a foreigner since former Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine received the honor in 2006, only one member of Choshinsei, main vocal Sungje, was on hand to claim the prize, while the members of Kara left the stage before a photo session started.
Other winners included Kanagawa Prefecture Governor Yuji Kuroiwa, actress Michiko Kichise, actor Noriyuki Higashiyama, retiring pro golfer Miho Koga and scriptwriter Terry Ito.
The winners are chosen based on a questionnaire survey conducted by the Men's Fashion Unity, formed by apparel businesses, calling on the opinions of about 700 journalists, apparel industry officials, designers and past winners.
Winners are selected from the fields of entertainment, sports and business and politics.
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