Ukrainian Karolina Shiino, who won Miss Japan 2024 and thinks in Japanese, delighted the network with an unusual feature
Discussions about the 56th Miss Japan pageant, in which the main crown went to Karolina Shiino, a native of Ukraine, do not stop. The 26-year-old beauty moved from Ternopil when she was 5 years old, but she still speaks the language, which surprises her fans.
During her latest interview, the Ukrainian native spoke her native language, even though she has been living in a Japanese environment for more than 20 years and is used to thinking in Japanese. She spoke about this in an interview with TSN.
Karolina Shiino admitted that she doesn't dream in Ukrainian and has also thoroughly studied Japanese traditions and culture, which was highly appreciated by the jury at the beauty pageant.
The organizers of Miss Japan responded to the hate by calling her "more Japanese than some of them." They had no doubts about their decision to give the crown to an ethnic Ukrainian.
The last time Karolina Shiino was in her homeland was 6 years ago, but she has not forgotten her native words. She would only occasionally ask her mother and grandmother how to express herself.
However, the model can carry on a dialog in Ukrainian without an interpreter, which was admirable. Commentators noted that such a memory and beautiful pronunciation are an extraordinary feature of a Japanese citizen with Ukrainian roots.
"I paid attention not even to her appearance, but rather to the fact that she has been living in Japan since she was 5 years old, but she hasn't forgotten the language and speaks it quite well." "Respect to parents who teach their children their native language anywhere in the world." "This is the first time I've heard Ukrainian with a Japanese accent. It's great! You are our pride," Ukrainians wrote.