Princess Emiri Sakurai



Sponsor: Takara Sake, USA, Inc.
Age: 24
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Education: B.S. Marketing & International Business, San Diego State University
Creative Expression: Dance

What does the Japanese American Community of Northern California and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival mean to me?

The Japanese American Community of Northern California and the California Cherry Blossom Festival is my home away from home. Since I was born in Kobe and moved to Northern California before I turned 1, all I knew was the Japanese community in Silicon Valley up until I left for San Diego for College. But just like everyone else, I never really appreciated what I had until it was gone. I did not realize that because I surrounded myself with Japanese Americans, I was able to retain the knowledge learned from attending Japanese School on Saturdays. I did not realize that because my parents were not the best at English, I had to always speak in Japanese within the household which helped me continue to practice my listening and speaking skills. Being a part of this community has helped me create a foundation leading to the acceptance of an internship in Japan where I was able to put my skills to the test. Without this community, I would have not been able to go through the experiences that I had which inspired me to strive towards my current life goal.

Professional attributions or goals in life:
My goal is to start a business and have the proceeds help support/create an org that focus on building confidence in women living in Japan.

Community Organizations / Extra Curricular Activities:
Lynbrook Valkyries Dance Team (4 years), 220 Second to None Dance Team (3 years), Super Galactic Beat Manipulators Dance Team (1 year), Alpha Kappa Psi Business Organization (2 years), CoachArt (1 month)

Dance, Fashion, Yoga