Diana Keiko Ando-Ono

Diana Keiko Ando-Ono,  a sansei born in Los Angeles, lives in Gardena, CA, works in Long Beach, CA. She considers herself  a Japanophile- a person with  an interest in, or love of, Japan and everything Japanese, an eternal optimist and foodie.  In her spare time she enjoys volunteering for various Japanese American organizations, watching NHK World TV, J-Dramas and K-Dramas, travelling, playing basketball, hiking and spending time in Little Tokyo with family & friends.

Updated November 2014

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Nikkei Chronicles #3—Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

What is my name? Diana, Keiko, Ando-san, Mrs. Ono, Diana-san, Auntie Diana???

Now, that I’m in my 50’s I can say that I’ve gone through many name changes. 

Growing up in Orange County I went by Diana Keiko Ando until college when I spent my junior year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo. It was then in 1976 that I became known as Keiko. This was definitely a positive life changing year in my life! I feel so lucky to experience life in Japan. I truly treasure my Japanese heritage and I am proud to have a Japanese middle name.

I’ve had several funny stories since those days, because some people don’t …

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