The nation’s fast-growing nail service / goods industry will be on display this Sunday and Monday — showcasing everything from the latest trends and techniques to appearances by celebrities known for their nail art.

Tokyo Nail Expo — organized by the 25-year-old Japan Nailist Association, is in its 12th year and is expected to attract 50,000 visitors connected to the ¥200 billion a year industry. Among the highlights are the World Nailist Championship, an international competition that features preselected nail art practitioners vying for ¥1 million in award money (and more importantly, the champion title), and the presentation of prizes to six “nail queens” — celebrities known as nail-art aficionados such as TV talents Suzanne and Marie, ex-tennis player Ai Sugiyama and actress Kyoko Fukada.

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