Naoko Okada

Naoko Okada was born in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Sophia University Foreign Language Department, German Department in 1984 and went on to study fashion design at Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisianne and trained with designers such as Pierre Cardin and Issei Miyake.

She moved to Los Angeles, California in 1989. Since then, she has presented an original kimono dress at the Nisei Week Fashion Show, and has also exhibited and sold designs at the Beverly Hills Art Show. She has been involved in the planning of Japanese and Nikkei cultural activities at the Terasaki Foundation since 1990, and has been organizing lectures and performances from various points of view.

Updated May 2019

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Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest VI

Little Tokyo Story – Ben & Akiko

It’s been seven and a half years since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics’ huge success resulted in our Japanese American community here in Los Angeles flourishing as well. 64 years after Fred Wada’s achievements led to the 1964 Olympics being held in Tokyo, Los Angeles will host the Olympics, and the venues are almost completed. The Terasaki Budokan opened the same year as the 2020 Olympics, and increased peoples’ awareness of sports even more, attracting a whole range of people. There are also an increasing number of elderly who are exercising daily, in ord…

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