Masaya Yamagishi, a 23-year-old representing Kanagawa Prefecture won Mr.JAPAN 2016 title held at ホテル椿山荘東京(Hotel Chinzanso Toky) last 1st March 2016. Yamagishi will represent Japan at the 11th edition of Mister International 2016 to be held on 19th December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. He comes from Chigasaki, a city located in central, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He has also appeared in several television programmes. The winner for the year 2015 was Junpei Watanabe (渡部純平)

Yamagishi is a great lover of water activities. He has been swimming since the age of 2 and won the 3rd place in the national competition. At present, he works as a swimming coach and a gym trainer, so he is definitely a sporty type. Among the famous people he admires are actor Ken Watanabe (渡辺謙) and screenwriter Sho Aikawa (哀川翔). He also says that he prefers women with fuller faces, and he has expressed interest to costar with actress Manami Higa in the future.


The 2016 Mister International Pageant will feature contestants from over 40 countries. They will be judged in three categories: swimwear, evening wear and interview, as they vie to become Mister International 2016. The webcast will conclude with Mister International Pedro Mendes from Switzerland crowning his successor.

The Mister International Organization, producer of the Mister International and Mister Singapore Pageants, creates and advances opportunities for men around the world through its network of relationships across entertainment, fashion and philanthropy. The Mister International Organization encourages every man to challenge himself, find his confidence, and embody the organization’s mission of being Distinctively Handsome. The men who participate in the Mister International system annually inspire others to pursue their personal and professional goals while making an impact in their communities. The Mister International and Mister Singapore Pageants provide titleholders and contestants an international platform through dedicated partnerships with global charities, sponsors, and brands.

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, features both old-world charm and modern convenience. It is a large city known for the myriad of attractions, from exotic temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday, to vibrant nightlife. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. Bangkok features attractions guaranteed to please visitors either simply passing through the city or spending their entire Thailand holiday in Bangkok.

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Masaya Yamagishi and Mister Japan 2015 Junpei Watanabe
Masaya Yamagishi and Mister Japan 2015 Junpei Watanabe

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Written by Rob

Misterology Pageant Analyst. Traveller. Nature lover. Blogger. Loves European and Chinese movies. Geography. Novels. Oliver Twist. The Reader. God Bless The Broken Road and all Rascal Flatts songs. John Denver. You Can Read All About It by Emeli Sande.