Swoler Bears

Class of 2016

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Lindsay Masukawa

Hometown: Cypress, CA
Major/Minor:
Physiological Sciences/Society and Genetics
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Hachidori
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
The community that Kyodo has provided me these past two years at UCLA has been more than I could ever ask for. I have loved being able to immerse myself in the Japanese and Japanese-American culture and history. From annual pilgrimages to Manzanar to performing in UCLA Nikkei Student Union's Annual Cultural Night, I appreciate the opportunities playing taiko has given me to learn from and meet others. But most of all, Kyodo has provided me with a family and a home-away-from-home that I will be eternally grateful for.

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Gianna Furumoto

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Major:
Civil Engineering
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Hachidori
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
Kyodo allows me to share something I love with others, and has brought me some of my closest friends.

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Mire Horiuchi

Pronouns: he/him/his, they/them/theirs

Hometown: Ventura, CA
Major:
Dance
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Swing Backline
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
Being able to express my passion for performing arts while connecting to both my culture and my family's tradition of playing taiko. It's a nostalgic and special experience, Kyodo's been a place I can call home.

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Kyle Nakahira

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Major:
Physiological Sciences
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Yonsei
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
Kyodo was my first family at UCLA and provided me with my first sense of community on campus. I love all the memories and relationships that I've made through it, especially with the people I know I wouldn't have met outside of the team. Kyodo provides me an outlet from the stresses of academics and allows me to appreciate the joy of performing and connecting more with my Japanese heritage.

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Tiffany Hoang

Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Major:
Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Yonsei
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
I've learned a lot from being in Kyodo, both musically and personally, and I like being with people that enjoy playing as much as I do!

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Yi-Ling Loo

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major:
Biochemistry
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Hachidori
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
Kyodo has allowed me to experience a lot of new things outside of my comfort zone and will definitely be part of my best memories in college. I am also grateful for all of the amazing friends I’ve met through this club.

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Bradley Nishida

Hometown: Tustin, CA
Major:
Electrical Engineering
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Okami
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
My favorite things about Kyodo include the countless memories I've made and the many opportunities to connect with my culture. Most of all, I'm grateful for this amazing family that Kyodo has given me.

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Elise Umetsu

Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Major:
International Development Studies & English double major
Year:
3rd
Favorite Kyodo Song:
Encore Remix
What do you enjoy most about being in Kyodo?:
My favorite thing about Kyodo is having a community of traditions, family, and growth to stick with for my entire time at UCLA. A lot of things change throughout undergrad years, but Kyodo is always there for you.