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Monday, 27th October 2014
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Best Dressed Eyes accolade rewards Amari, AKB48

Japanese fashion often comes into the spotlight for eccentricity and uniqueness, but one award in particular wants to direct attention to those people in the public eye who pull off eyewear the best.

The 27th Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards were announced earlier this week (October 20th) at a glittering ceremony held at the Tokyo Big Sight, also known as the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre.

Winners at the 2014 event include eight members of the all-girl pop group AKB48, which has more than 140 members, its own theatre and an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest band in history. Member Mayu Watanabe led her colleagues onto the stage to collect the Special Sunglasses award.

Actress Satomi Ishihara was also honoured with an accolade in the Arts category while violinist Chisako Takashima succeeded in scooping a prize in the Culture category and ski jumper Noriaki Kasai also got a mention for stylish eyewear.

But the award doesn't just focus on the entertainment and sports industries, with the government minister Akira Amari honoured. Amari holds down twin responsibilities as the minister for economic revitalisation and the minister for economic and fiscal policy of Japan.

Other winners included Hiroko Ogiwara in the Economist category and singer May J, who became immensely popular after recording the Japanese version of the song Let It Go from Frozen.

Visitors to Japan will find there is plenty of opportunity to explore and flaunt fashion. The best time to be in Tokyo is undoubtedly Japan Fashion Week, which takes place on a bi-annual basis and completely overruns the capital with a variety of fashion-based events. Tickets tend to sell out fast as fashion fanatics rush to see the weird and wonderful outfits shown off on catwalks in fashionable districts including Roppongi and Shibuya.

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