A Royal Reunion

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Former Nisei Week Queens held their annual reunion luncheon on Saturday at the Center for the Preservation of Democracy. Row 1 (front), from left: George Yoshinaga, June Aochi Berk (1954), Dr. Carol Kunitsugu Itatani (1965), Faith Higurashi Ono (1959), Em Kato Yamada (1952), Judy Sugita deQueiroz (1953), France Yanai Wong (1962), Sandy Toshiyuki (1976), Rev. Mark Nakagawa, Dr. Greg Kimura (JANM president). Row 2, from left: Dr. Fred Kurata (host of the luncheon), Tracy Isawa Ahn (1983), Joyce Kikuchi Sumi (1971), Frances Shima Matsumoto (1981), Helen Funai Erickson (1963), Nikki Kodama (2004), Dianne Kubota Hamano (1961). Row 3, from left: Alana Kurata and Mrs. Naomi Kurata, Dulcie Ogi Kawata (1975), Jill Hiraizumi (2008), Jamie Mizuhara (2002), Liane Takano Pham (2006), Karen Uchizono Gaston (1988), Janet Barnes Cubak (1982). Row 4, from left: Tiffany Hattori Yabumoto, Bryce Masukawa, Lauren Kinkade Wong (2001), Judy Gilbertson Masukawa (1995), Andi Kawamoto-Klatt (1992), Tamlyn Tomita (1984), Dana Heatherton (2009), Erika Olsen (2011), Naomi Ono Sognefest (1993). Row 5, from left: This year’s court — Princess Lauren Arii, Princess Erika Fisher, First Princess Crystal Hanano, Queen Emily Folick, Miss Tomodachi Kaitlynn Sakurai, Princess Sarah Fujimoto, Princess Marci Asao. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

The queens, who recently formed the Nikkei Women’s Legacy Association, also made a presentation to Rafu photographer Mario G. Reyes for his service to the Japanese American community. (Alan Miyatake)

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