2017 / Nisei Week: Queen Candidates introduced at Opening Ceremony / Jul. 23

2017 Nisei Week Queen Candidates

2017 Nisei Week Queen Candidates are introduced on Sunday, July 23

Jordyn Keiko Adachi (San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center)

Claire Mari Imada (Gardena Evening Optimist)

Yukari Kristy Yoneda (Japanese Restaurant Association of America)

Tomi Colleen Okuno (Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute)

Kelly Akiko Sera ( East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center)

Jordyn Akari Terukina (Venice Japanese Community Center & Venice West Los Angeles JACL)

Kaitlin Tomomi Hara (Orange Cpounty Nikkei Coordinating Council)

The 2017 Nisei Week Japanese Festival queen candidates took center stage for their first official public appearance to various community leaders, local dignitaries, family and friends at the Opening Ceremony event held Sunday, July 23 at the Japanese American National Museum.

The seven candidates will compete for the title of Nisei Week Queen on Saturday, August 19, 7 p.m., at the Queen Coronation at the Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

Upon official coronation, the queen and her court will represent the Nisei Week Foundation at this year’s festival and other community events locally and nationally (including Nagoya, Japan) throughout the year. The dinner prior to Coronation will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton LA Downtown, with cocktails being served at 4:30 p.m.

Nisei Week Queen Coronation tickets are available at the Golden Circle level (includes special dinner prior to the event at the Double Tree by Hilton at 5 p.m.) with preferred seating at the coronation for $180 per person; general admission tickets are $85 per person.