Mikey Hirano Culross

Mikey Hirano Culross has been part of the Rafu Shimpo staff since 1998. In addition to covering sports, entertainment, and travel for the paper, the USC graduate is also an Emmy-nominated musician, and currently a cast member of the Disney animated series Milo Murphy's Law.

Updated February 2018

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Her Personal Spark of Joy — UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi is ready to take her success as a Bruin into a life after gymnastics

It has become a tradition at the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) gradu­ation ceremony held for student athletes –to end the proceedings with the school’s signature 8-clap and the chant, “U-C-L-A fight, fight, fight!”

So when the time came to ask one of the newly-minted alumni to lead the cheer one last time, the choice came as a surprise to absolutely no one inside Pauley Pavilion.

Perhaps more any athlete UCLA has seen for at least a decade, Katelyn Ohashi has charged the Westwood campus – and fans around the globe – with an effervescent energy, not to mention ...

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For More Than 80 Years, Grace in Every Step

At 93, legendary dance instructor Sahomi Tachibana remains at the center of Portland’s classical Japanese arts.

PORTLAND — The years have understandably caught up with Sahomi Tachibana—she last performed on stage in 2005. The hearing isn’t as keen as it used to be, the steps are a little slower, but she’s hardly disappeared from the world of classical Japanese arts in the greater Portland area.

“Sometimes I think that after I quit, nobody else will be here to do these things in my place,” she said. “My students don’t want me to quit, most have their ...

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Not To Be Denied

Mirai Nagasu makes a forceful statement at the U.S. Championships, and is rewarded with a berth to the Winter Olympics.

It was a release of stress, emotion and disappointment that had been bottled up for at least four years.

Mirai Nagasu clenched her teeth, squeezed her eyes closed, covered her face with both hands and exorcised all her demons, as her final scores were announced at the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose on Friday.

The 24-year-old from Arcadia shattered her personal best score with a forceful, technically rigorous program in the free skate, and finished ...

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