When she was a little girl, Minako Suzuki used to like "dreaming of being someone else." Many little girls play similar pretend games. In Minako's case, her pretending led her professionally and as a volunteer to the world of entertainment.

Minako Suzuki

As a child living at Yokota, she used to play after school with American children from the air force base there. "They didn't speak Japanese, and I picked up English from them," she said. "I think I spoke it pretty well, and colloquially, but in school we had to memorize textbook English, and I didn't do well. After high school, I wanted to do something different from anything usual. I entered acting school in Sendai."