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JAXA astronauts model students' winning spacesuit designs at awards ceremony

Astronaut Koichi Wakata, right, wears the grand prize winning spacesuit design, while astronaut Takuya Onishi shows off another winning entry in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on March 7, 2018. (Mainichi)

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki -- An awards ceremony for a spacesuit design contest for students was held at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) here on March 7 with astronauts modeling the winning entries.

The grand prize went to a design that uses images of "The 36 views of Mount Fuji" by Edo period painter Katsushika Hokusai, with other features inspired by traditional Japanese fashion.

JAXA collaborated with fashion and design school Mode Gakuen for the contest. They invited designs from students at its Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya campuses. The grand prize was selected from about 600 entries.

During the ceremony, astronaut Koichi Wakata wore the grand prize winning design, while astronaut Takuya Onishi sported another winning entry.

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