Alice Marina Amano Named 2018 Nisei Week Queen


The Nisei Week Foundation is pleased to announce that Alice Marina Amano was crowned the 78th Nisei Week Queen at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo at its Nisei Week Coronation on August 11. Kelly Midori Tsunawaki Mock was named 1st Princess, and Juli Ann Drindak was chosen Miss Tomodachi by the other candidates. Amano is 22 years old and recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a bachelor’s degree in dance. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, swimming in the ocean, and seeking for opportunities to share her art with others whether it be through performing, choreographing, or teaching dance. This year, she will support ASTEP, Artists Striving To End Poverty, a nonprofit organization whose core mission is to empower youth in hopes to end the cycle of poverty through the powerful medium of art.

Amano represented the Orange County Nikkei Coordinating Council. During her speech, she spoke about spoke about being shy as a child. Her mom signed her up for dance lessons to help her overcome her shyness and she’s been dancing ever since. Asked why she participated in the Nisei Week queen’s program, she stated it’s because she wants the opportunity to spread the arts to the greater Japanese American community. She is the daughter of Michael and Rie Amano of Buena Park, Calif.


Read the full press release HERE.

Read the 2018 Queen and Court bios HERE.