The second runner-up at this year’s Miss Cook Islands has been visiting iconic places in Japan in the lead up to Miss International, to be held on November 14 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.
Tuaputa says the 57th Miss International Beauty Pageant aims to promote world peace and global understanding between cultures.
“My favourite part of this trip is having the opportunity to experience Japanese culture and traditions and visiting iconic places that I’ve always wanted to see.”
Tuaputa has visted the Senso-ji Buddhist temple, a popular tourist attraction located in the centre of a famous shopping street that provides traditional souvenirs and local snacks.
She also has visited Niigata, the capital and the most populous city of Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
“There we learnt more about culture and rice fermentation.
“Niigata is known to have the best rice crops in all of Japan and other Asian countries,” she said.
The 21-year-old also visited the massive Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market.
“It is also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.
“It trades hundreds of different types of seafood and millions of dollars of fish are sold from different parts of the world. It’s amazing,” she said.
Tuaputa and other contestants also visited the Panasonic Beauty Spa, (the company is a major sponsors of the event).
Tuaputa said she felt honoured to meet other beautiful women from different parts of the world.
“We all just want to do the best of our abilities to represent our nations at this year’s Miss International.”
Meanwhile, Tuaputa and the 70 other contestants are preparing for the final night where Miss International 2016 winner Kylie Verzosa from the Philippines will crown her successor at the end of the event.