Japanese athletes let guard down in fashion show

From left: Figure skater Kanako Murakami, swimmer Natsumi Hoshi, paratriathlete Yukako Hata, swimmer Aya Terakawa, judoka Haruka Tachimoto and karateist Ayumi Uekusa appear in yukata at the Athlete Shinzen Collection 2017 in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The Yomiuri Shimbun

A fashion show featuring female athletes in yukata summer kimono, called "Athlete Shinzen Collection 2017," was held at Kanda Myojin shrine in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Tuesday.

Six outstanding athletes, including Haruka Tachimoto, a gold medalist in judo at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, appeared in colorful yukata.

After walking a runway that had been laid out in the shrine, they wrote their hopes on paper strips for the Tanabata star festival.

Ayumi Uekusa, a karateist who wrote "Gold medal at Tokyo Olympics" on her paper, said, "I want to win the gold medal as karate became a new Olympic event."

The show was organised by an executive committee comprising Kanda Myojin, The Yomiuri Shimbun and other organisations.