2014 Nisei Week Queen and Court
|All photos courtesy Toyo Miyatake Studios|
|Queen Tori Angela Nishinaka-Leon
Pasadena Japanese Cultural InstituteTori Angela Nishinaka-Leon is 24 years old and a graduate of Occidental College where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She currently works at the office of Matthew Matauzaki, OD in Pasadena and plans to pursue a career in optometry. Her hobbies include playing golf, playing the violin, practicing yoga and Zumba, cooking, gardening, hiking, fishing, doing ikebana, and obon hoping. The platform she will support this year is the DOVE Self Esteem Project.
|1st Princess Lindsey Emiko Sugimoto
West Los Angeles JACL & Venice Japanese Community CenterLindsey Emiko Sugimotois 22 years old and graduated from the University of Southern California with two bachelor’s degrees, one in business administration, finance and the other in political science. She plans to attend law school and currently works at the law firm, Seki, Nishimura, and Watase LLC. Her hobbies include traveling around the world, trying different restaurants, and passionately rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers. Sugimoto is supporting the American Cancer Society as her platform.
|Miss Tomodachi Ashley Akemi Arikawa
Japanese Restaurant Association of AmericaAshley Akemi Arikawa is 23 years old and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She hopes to pursue a career in corporate communications and currently works part time at the J.Morey Company insurance agency as its social media and community outreach coordinator. Arikawa’s hobbies include ballroom and Latin dancing, trying new recipes, hiking in the mountains, and volunteering in the community. This year Arikawa will support the Alzheimer’s Association as her platform.
|Princess Tiffany Akemi Hashimoto
Gardena Evening OptimistTiffany Akemi Hashimoto is 23 years old and a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She currently attends Chapman University where she is pursuing her master’s degree in food science. She aspires to conduct research and develop healthier and more nutritious foods. Her hobbies include long distance running, hiking, playing taiko, painting, cooking, and developing new recipes. She will support the American Heart Association as her platform this year.
|Princess Melissa Sayuri Kozono
East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community CenterlMelissa Sayuri Kozono is 23 years old and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where she received her bachelor’s degree in history. She currently works as the programs associate at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center and hopes to continue her career in nonprofit management. Her hobbies include traveling, doing Japanese classical dance, watching new movies, reading, making ribbon leis, and going to Disneyland. Kozono will support the City of Hope this year as her platform.
|Princess Dominique Ariadne Mashburn
Orange County Nikkei Coordinating CouncilDominique Ariadne Mashburn is 22 years old and attends the University of California, Los Angeles where she is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in both geology and earth and environmental science. She currently works at the UCLA Fund as a student fundraiser, and interns for CA Teach in the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching science to students. Mashburn’s hobbies are watching movies, cooking, reading, modern dancing, makeup artistry/hairstyling, volunteering, and tutoring/assisting students with special needs. Her platform is the Autism Society of America.