The newly crowned Miss World Japan is hardly a typical Japanese woman. Being half-Indian is only a part of that.
Priyanka Yoshikawa, who was crowned Monday, has a certificate in elephant training, teaches English to children, enjoys kickboxing and volunteers as a translator at medical meetings.
The 22-year-old returned to Japan at age 10 following three years in Sacramento and a further year in India, according to the Bangkok Post.
Yoshikawa attended Sacramento Waldorf school, according to Kymberlyrenee Gamboa, who posted the news to Facebook.
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Yoshikawa attended the school from 2000 to 2003.
She is preparing for the worldwide pageant in Washington, D.C., in November.
Being fitted for a couture gown is part of the program, but fashion plays a small role in Yoshikawa's life.
She told The Associated Press on Wednesday she has ambitions: Go to Bollywood, while pursuing her goal of building children's homes in India.
Yoshikawa, who has an Indian father and a Japanese mother, grew up mostly in Japan but spent one year in India and the three years in America.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report