Photo/IllutrationThe Tokyo Girls Collection Kita-Kyushu 2015, where TV personalities Mirei Kiritani and Yu Yamada appeared, reaches its climax on Oct. 17, 2015, in Kita-Kyushu’s Kokura-Kita Ward. (Jun Kaneko)

KUMAMOTO--The Tokyo Girls Collection, a semiannual fashion industry extravaganza, is to be held here in 2019 as part of efforts to encourage rebuilding from major earthquakes that rocked the area last year.

Kumamoto prefectural authorities, along with the city government and W Tokyo Inc., the organizer of the Tokyo Girls Collection, are now in discussions on how to hold the event that features popular models and TV personalities.

Kumamoto Mayor Kazufumi Onishi, announcing the plan at a Jan. 4 news conference, said the organizing committee will be set up around February to finalize contractual details.

“It is a fun event that gives hope to young people,” Onishi said of the Tokyo Girls Collection. “The event, if held here, will give disaster rebuilding efforts a burst of momentum.”

While the Tokyo Girls Collection was initially held in Tokyo, the fashion event took place in 2014 in Fukushima Prefecture, site of the nuclear accident triggered by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011.

In 2015 and 2016, it was held in Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, to revitalize local communities there.