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JAPAN
KONATSU YOSHIDA

Age: 27
Height: 170 cm
Measurements: 32 in - 23 in - 33 in
Career / Education: Hotel Receptionist

"I dreamed of becoming a ballerina since I was years old, and it took me 20 years to make my dream come true. I never stop reflecting on my life, and now I want to challenge new things and contribute with deep affection to everyone in the world."

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
I have two younger sisters. We three are close and intimate and used to ride bicycles to the neighboring town and play a piano duet. And I always put all my heart into something I have an interest in and have been dreaming of becoming a world-renowned ballet dancer, which I have worked hard on since I was five years old. Hokkaido, where I grew up, is a place full of greenery, and I used to go to the ranch nearby, where has various animals such as cows and horses. It snowed a lot in the winter as well, so I skied and made snow sculptures with my sisters.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
The scenery of beautiful mountains and vast grassland that I saw in the clear air on the outskirts of Munich reminded me of my hometown of Hokkaido, which made my heart trembled with joy, loneliness, and excitement. The scenery I saw at that time is the most memorable moment to me.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
My family consists of five people, my parents, and two younger sisters. I didn’t grow up in a well-to-do family and sometimes I couldn't buy what I liked, but my whole family supported my dream and my parents put me on stage with the money received by selling their wedding rings. Although we were not financially wealthy, we are very intimate and close, and lead a life with laughter and happiness every day. And last year, we welcomed a new family member, our lovely dog, Tono. We all love this cutie and feel heart-warming in our daily life. The daily life I used to live is special and irreplaceable happiness to me as I deeply felt the importance of my family when studying abroad.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
When I performed the sadness and frenzy of a widow on the stage of ballet in Berlin, I felt that the audience went out of sight during the performance, the feeling of being on the stage disappeared and I had the feeling of moving to a completely different world. When I finished dancing the piece, the time at the venue paused for a moment, and a few seconds later, a standing ovation took place. The strange feeling at that time was the most unusual I have ever experienced.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
I dream that I want the world to be a place where all children and animals around the world live happily on an earth full of greenery. That is because when I left my country and traveled around different countries as a ballet dancer to realize my dream, I got to know that there are many people in the world who decide to leave their country in order to live a better life. I will never know what the child walking for miles in search of water and the polar bear standing on the flowing ice are thinking about, but I can imagine by putting myself in their shoes. Now that technological innovation is progressing and mechanization is developing, we should think about who we are again, be considerate of others, and protect our mother earth with deep love. This is what I advocate.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
Since the many aspects like environmental, economic, and social ones are involved in a complicated way, I think sometimes it is essential to work on and arrange nature in order to inherit an abundant environment and promote ecotourism. It is certain that we should never do more than necessary to destroy the natural environment and ecosystem. The sustainable society I am considering is one in which everyone appreciates the nature we have today, loves all flora and fauna, and creates a favorable environment. To realize this goal, I think it is necessary to create an opportunity for each person to know the current situation and think about the ways to stop climate change.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
Japan stretches about 3000km from north to south, so the climate, culture, and traditions vary highly from region to region. I am proud of the well-maintained hygienic environment, the modesty of Japanese women and the gratitude the Japanese people feel not only for human beings but also for things.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
The beautiful transition of the four seasons. We know the way to enjoy each of the four seasons. For example, we have a tradition of viewing the cherry blossom trees when they bloom in spring, viewing the moon, and worship in autumn. In addition, science and technology are developing, and hydrogen vehicles have had introduced in recent years. Moreover, cutting-edge medical care can be accessible with the development of computer technology.

WHAT TRIVIA ABOUT YOURSELF WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE?
When I was little, each time I went to my grandma's house, my head was lifted too high that even my legs floated, and I was the only one in my family who has a long neck. I don't know why my grandma did that, but now that my long neck is a charming point, I feel grateful to my grandma.

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