Nisei Week


West LA JACL, in partnership with Venice Japanese Community Center, is the proud annual sponsor of Miss Western Los Angeles, a candidate for Nisei Week Queen.

The 2009 Nisei Week Court in Japan

The 2009 Nisei Week Court in Japan

If you are interested in representing West Los Angeles as Miss Western Los Angeles for Nisei Week, please contact Jean Ushijima for more information

Miss Western L.A.'s Reunion Luncheon with Sponsors

Miss Western L.A.'s Reunion Luncheon with Sponsors

About Nisei Week

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Becoming a Candidate:

The Nisei Week Queen is chosen during the coronation ball during the Saturday of first weekend of the Nisei Week Festival held in August every year.

The process of becoming a Nisei Week Queen and Court candidate begins at the community level. Each candidate must be sponsored by a Nisei Week-approved sponsor to participate in a selection process for the Nisei Week Queen and Court selection. West LA JACL in partnership with Venice Japanese Community Center is one such sponsor, and holds a local selection interview, training and subsequent meeting to choose Miss Western Los Angeles. The new Miss Western Los Angeles is presented to the community at the Venice Japanese Community Center Festival in June.

Miss Western Los Angeles represents the West Los Angeles area, as well as the West Los Angeles JACL and Venice Japanese Community Center.  It is preferable that the applicant or the applicant’s family resides in the western area of Los Angeles County.  The application process normally takes place at the beginning of each year.

Miss Western Los Angeles applications are available in January/February of the year, to incorporate any new changes to the rules.  Contact Jean Ushijima for information or to be placed on a list when the applications become available.

Expectations and Responsibilities:

Candidates are required to participate in training, cultural enrichment classes, educational courses and dance rehearsals. These sessions will help each candidate learn more about their Japanese American heritage, increase their public speaking ability and build their confidence to become representatives of Nisei Week and the Japanese American community.

In 2009, the qualifications for Nisei Week were:

  • Age: Candidate must be at least 19 years old and not older than 25 years old on the day of the coronation, August 16, 2008.
  • Citizenship: Candidate must have been (A) born or naturalized in the United States or (B) legally living in the United States as a permanent resident.
  • Nationality: Candidate must be a minimum of fifty percent (50%) Japanese ancestry. Candidate will supply supporting documentation, including parents’ names and birth certificate, if requested.
  • Marital Status: Candidate must not be married, divorced or separated, and must not have children. Candidate may be engaged to be married, but in the event that she is awarded a Nisei Week title she must remain unmarried for the duration of her reign.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Candidate, as a member of the Nisei Week Court, must not enroll or participate in any other beauty or popularity contests from the date of submission of the Nisei Week Queen Candidate Application and Profile (the “Application”) to the official completion of the Nisei Week Court’s reign (Coronation Ball of the following year), without the expressed written consent of the Nisei Week Foundation.
  • Eligibility: Candidate’s Application must be sponsored by an organization recognized by the Nisei Week Foundation (“Sponsor”).

For more detailed information regarding Nisei Week and the duties and expectations of the court, please visit or contact Jean Ushijima.


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