Program providing leadership development, cultural enrichment,and opportunities to make lifelong connections
2021 Queen Candidates
The queen and court are selected at Coronation, one of Nisei Week’s marquee events.
(Back Row – L to R): Kiyoko Alicia Nakatsui, Kendra Alana Motoyasu, Jaime Sunny Hasama
(Front Row – L to R): Kiyomi Arimitsu Takemoto, Michelle Toshiko Murakami, Brianne Mari Yasukochi
Queen & Court Program
The queen and court program offers young Japanese American women an opportunity to learn about their Japanese heritage, develop their personal and professional skills, and engage with the community.
Community organizations sponsor candidates to participate in this multi-faceted program. Candidates work closely with the Queen Committee and mentors in the community.
During the one-year reign, the Nisei Week court members have the opportunity to gain wide exposure to global dignitaries and local industry leaders and the chance to travel to cities including Nagoya, Japan; San Francisco; and Honolulu, Hawaii to experience the various sister festivals and make life-long connections. For more information, please see the Candidate Interest Form.
Past Queens & Courts
Explore the history of Nisei Week and discover its evolution from inception to present day. This gallery evokes a nostalgic glimpse back in time. Click on a former queen to reveal the court photo.
Candidate Interest Form
All Nisei Week candidates must first be sponsored by an organization recognized by the Nisei Week Foundation in order to qualify for the program. A list of current approved sponsors can be found here. For assistance in contacting a sponsor, please complete the form below.
For assistance in contacting a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Application periods vary by sponsor, but are typically between December – April.
To become a Nisei Week queen candidate is a 4-month commitment.
- Training practice is held at night at least once a week for four months, from April through mid-August (Coronation).
- Dance rehearsals are held on additional weekend days/evenings.
- Cultural enrichment classes will be offered as part of the training.
- During the festival, the Nisei Week court will spend the entire week at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Little Tokyo.
Following Coronation, being a part of the Nisei Week court is a YEAR-LONG commitment.
Throughout the year, the Nisei Week Queen and Court will be invited to participate in events including, but not limited to:
- Annual Nisei Week visitation and trips
- Community service
- Community appearances
- Cultural events
- Nisei Week sponsor events
Some personal costs are involved in the training process and as a member of the Nisei Week court. While Nisei Week and your sponsors attempt to offset as much of the cost as possible through donations, there will be personal items candidates/court members will need to purchase. In addition to personal items, any travel expenses during the year will be the responsibility of the court members. Travel expenses for the Nisei Week queen will be sponsored.
Each candidate will be asked to choose an organization and/or cause they plan to support throughout the year. Explanation of the selected platform and a plan for support may be evaluated as part of the judging criteria.