Spotlight #9 – Jess Kawamura

Name: Jessica Miyeko Kawamura Profession: Former grad student, future policy analystAge: 23Favorite Restaurant: Thai Noodle in Berkeley During the last six months, I have enjoyed being part of Nakayoshi. It’s a great way to connect with other people who are equally committed to being part of the JA community and enjoying the Bay Area. I […]

Spotlight #8 – Alicia Kagawa

name: alicia age:23 love list: sprout bunny, marathon running, rock climbing, green tea lattes, Jonathan safran foer and his novels, Jason Mraz and his music, community service, peanut butter mochi and The Office. hate list: Creed from The Office, that sound of silverware scratching plates, fur and the people who wear them. profession: Programs Associate […]

Spotlight #7 – Atsushi Miyamoto

Name: Atsushi MiyamotoAge: 24Profession: AuditorFavorite Comfort Food: Curry! I was born in Everett, Washington and moved through Torrance, CA and back to Washington before ending up in Laguna Hills, CA where I attended high school. Upon graduating, I attended UC Davis and earned double majors in International Relations and Japanese. This included a one-month study […]

Spotlight #6 – Emily Leach

Full Name: Emily Yukiko LeachAge: 26Profession: Formerly Interactive Marketing, Transitioning to NursingA Few of My Favorite Things: Planetariums, Rainy Weather, Audrey Hepburn, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Zombie Contingency Plans, Japanese Dramas and NapsPower Animal: The Sqwerl Now it’s my turn to apologize for taking so long to put my piece on the blog. Or, perhaps I […]

Spotlight #5 – Haruka Roudebush

Name: Haruka Roudebush Age: 25 Profession: Paralegal at civil rights law firm Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Anpanman! Ok, I totally lagged (like 2 months!) on getting this spotlight done. As you can see, I was busy helping Nakayoshi put on events and writing other posts on this blog. So, so busy. Anyhow, about me… I was […]

spotlight #4 – Graig Hitoshi Inaba

Name: Graig Hitoshi Inaba Age: 27 Profession: Pharmacy Technician Favorite Karaoke Song: Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” Growing up in Sacramento California, I was the neighborhood kid on the corner. I have so many good memories and experiences as I have evolved from the energetic little boy sitting on the curb eating his onigiri […]

Spotlight #3 – Alec Yoshio MacDonald

Full Name: Alec Yoshio MacDonald Age: 31 years old Profession: Writer/EditorFavorite Pro Sports Team: Chicago White Sox I’ve written lots of profiles of Japanese Americans, but never of myself, and it feels a little weird. So let’s keep this brief. I joined Chicago JACL five or six years ago, editing the chapter newsletter, serving on […]

spotlight #2: Megumi J. Kaminaga

Full Name: Megumi Jennifer Kaminaga Age: 24 years old Sign: Aries Profession: Marketing Coordinator @ TechInsights Before I became involved with Nakayoshi, I was active in various student orgs at UC Santa Cruz. My love and commitment to community organizations and desire for social change began during my undergrad years and through meeting so many […]