2018 Nisei Week Queen & Court

2018 Nisei Week Queen and court: Princess Lauren Rei Miyamoto Princess Marica Katie Snyder, 1st Princess Kelly Midori Tsunawaki Mock, Queen Alice Marina Amano, Miss Tomodachi Juli Ann Drindak, Princess Tori Ai Kamada. Photo courtesy of Toyo Miyatake Studio


Queen Alice Marina Amano

Orange County Nikkei Coordinating Council

Birthplace: Anaheim, California

Age: 22

Education: California State University, Long Beach

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Major: Dance

Platform: Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP)

Hobbies & Activities: Going to the beach, swimming, dancing and taking photos.

Professional / Career Goals: Pursue a career as a professional dancer and tour around the world.

Why did you choose your platform?

I would love to raise awareness about poverty and help fight the problem by sharing my love of dance with underserved youth.

Parents: Michael and Rie Amano

1st Princess Kelly Midori Tsunawaki Mock

Japanese Restaurant Association of America

Birthplace: Pasadena, California

Age: 24

Education: University of California, Irvine

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Mathematics and Specialization in Education

Platform: AbilityFirst

Hobbies & Activities: Dancing including ballet, jazz, and hip hop as well as traveling to different places in the United States, having visited 45 out of 50 states.

Professional / Career Goals: Currently attending California State University, Long Beach to earn a teaching credential in mathematics and one day become a high school math teacher.

Why Did you Select Your Platform? I chose to work with an organization that supports children with disabilities because I strive for inclusive education and plan to implement these ideas into my future classroom.

Parents: Fred and Stacy Mock

Miss Tomodachi Juli Ann Drindak

Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Age: 23

Education: California State University, Long Beach

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Major: Childhood Development and Family Studies

Platform: Girls on the Run

Hobbies & Activities: Playing the violin, traveling to experience different cultures, and doing outdoor activities.

Professional / Career Goals: Earn a post baccalaureate certificate at California State University, Dominguez Hills in communicative sciences and disorders, a master’s degree in communicative sciences, and eventually pursue a career as a speech and language pathologist.

Why did you choose your platform?              

I support Girls on the Run because I believe in its mission to inspire girls to be healthy, happy, and confident through exercise. I have been involved with GOTR for the past 5 years, and as an ambassador, I have taken on leadership roles at the biannual 5ks and coach trainings.

Parents: Jon and Kayo Drindak

Princess Tori Ai Kamada

Gardena Evening Optimist

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii

Age: 23

Education: California State University, Long Beach

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Human Resources Management

Platform: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Hobbies & Activities: Bullet Journaling, staying active at the gym, and shopping at Trader Joe’s to discover new and healthy snacks.

Professional / Career Goals: Continue to work and develop my career in Human Resources, with a focus in employee relations.

Why did you select your platform? The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission is to find better ways to prevent suicide, bring hope to those impacted, and provide education. This mission is significant to me because suicide is an overarching issue in our country and world. It is important to talk to family and friends on a daily basis, engage in deep conversations, and never overlook anyone because even the simplest of gestures can make someone’s day.

Parents: John Kamada and Susan Kamada

Princess Lauren Rei Miyamoto

East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

Birthplace: Fontana, California

Age: 23

Education: California State University, Northridge

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major: Kinesiology

Platform: American Heart Association

Hobbies & Activities: Doing pilates, hiking, traveling, solving puzzles, and playing with her dogs.

Professional / Career Goals: Obtain a doctorate in physical therapy and pursue a career as a physical therapist.

Why did you choose your platform? I would like to support the American Heart Association to promote heart health. My goal is to spread awareness and motivate others to take action in living a healthy lifestyle.

Parents: Kent and Janet Miyamoto

Princess Marica Katie Snyder

Venice Japanese Community Center & Venice-West Los Angeles JACL

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Age: 25

Education: California State University, Los Angeles

Major: Business Administration

Platform: Alzheimer’s Association

Hobbies & Activities: Singing karaoke, completing graphic design projects, cooking, and going to Disneyland.

Professional / Career Goals: Continue working as an office manager at Elder Law Services of California.

Why did you select your platform:   I have been personally affected by a family member’s recent diagnosis. My goal is to bring awareness to the disease and do my part to help find a cure.

Parents: Thomas and Hiromi Snyder

All photos courtesy Toyo Miyatake Studios