Born to Japanese immigrants and raised in Los Angeles. First language was Japanese and attended Japanese language school on Saturdays for 11 years.
Working as an LA based newscaster for a sports show on NHK in Japan.
Worked various part time jobs to make ends meet, such as being a translator, a subtitle editor, and a waitress at a reggae-themed sushi restaurant.
Began practicing karate in middle school. Was a brown striped belt before leaving for college.
Graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Theater.
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