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Announcing of the Third Annual PARCASSIO Beautiful Legs Grand Prize

September 4, 2007

To commemorate healthy, "beautiful legs" of all ages, Kuraray sponsored the Fifth Annual PARCASSIO Beautiful Legs Awards (hosted by the PARCASSIO Club) held on September 4 at the Westin Hotel in Meguro-ku, Tokyo.

Miho Takeda, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Alisa Mizuki, Maki Tamaru

The award winners in each age group were as follows
20s Maki Tamaru Actress
30s Alisa Mizuki Actress
40 and over Kumiko Akiyoshi Actress
Sports category Miho Takeda Synchronized swimmer

Each award winner was presented with order-made shoes made from Kuraray's man-made leather, PARCASSIO. Below are their comments on the shoes.

Maki Tamaru
They fit comfortably on my feet, and the feeling I had when I first tried them on was indescribable.
Alisa Mizuki
These order-made shoes are extremely comfortable, soft and form-fit to my feet.
Kumiko Akiyoshi
Thank you very much for the elegant shoes.
Miho Takeda
I received the shoes with the 8cm heels and was surprised at how comfortable they are.

The General Manager of the Kuraray Clarino Division (Hisaiti Watanabe), said that Kuraray had set its sights on developing a shoe for internationally-minded women that is capable of enhancing the beauty of their legs. He also stated Kuraray's commitment to push the shoe business forward and congratulated the winners.


PARCASSIO(http://www.kuraray.co.jp/parcassio/)is a Kuraray-developed, premium man-made leather material. With excellent air permeability and water-resistant characteristics, it is also 30% lighter than natural leather, while maintaining the luxurious feel of natural leather. Based on advancements in our tanning process technologies, we were able to create subtle silhouettes on the shoe's surface, a process that was previously difficult to accomplish using natural leather. With an overall shape that is not easily lost with wear, the framework for shoemaking that enhances the beauty of legs has also been expanded. Furthermore, with its easy-to-care-for quality, it is a truly revolutionary material.

The PARCASSIO Club is composed of six of Japan's leading premium shoe manufacturers (Inaba, Wood House, Ace Corporation, Kawano, Bass Corporation and Calzeria Hosono) that use the special characteristics of Kuraray's PARCASSIO premium man-made leather to make shoes for a new era.

With participation by other domestic premium shoemakers planned, Kuraray aims to gain the participation of quality shoe manufacturers from around the world to establish the PARCASSIO Club as a global organization.