Hi Haruna it is a pleasure to feature you on SimplySxy. Please share with our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from?
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I have lived in the U.S. and I LOVE travelling, especially to countries overseas.
What is your proudest achievement so far?
I would have to say my study abroad experience in the U.S. is what I’m most proud of. I received a scholarship and I studied so hard before and throughout the entire experience. Many people go to study abroad nowadays, but I really had the time of my life challenging myself, having new experiences, and growing up with amazing people there.
Jumping into somewhere you don’t understand the language and culture can be scary but it definitely was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Not only did it change my mind, it also had a huge impact on my style, beliefs, confidence, and life vision. I can honestly say that I am who I am now because of the experience.
Do you have any favorite quotes which you like to use in life?
“All roads lead to Rome.”
Shortly after coming home to Japan, I joined a company and began to lose sight of the path for what I want to do in my life. It was unbearable and I decided to quit my job. I went to Paris by myself to reset my mind to get a fresh restart on life.
A guy who I met in Paris told me this quote. All roads lead to Rome; to me it means that there is always a way to achieve your goal even if something didn’t work. (If you know where you want to go, you will eventually make it there whichever the path you take).
A year after that, when I went to Rome with my mother, I bought this leather bracelet with this quote written in French, but… I accidentally left it at the hotel. I was so sad but I just thought it means something. I know I need to make it to Rome, to get it back.
Which is the best compliment you have received?
Hmmmm when I posted a movie of me walking around in Italy on Instagram, this guy left a comment “You are a princess Haruna, you deserve 24/7 protection”. Haha I thought it was unique.
I also appreciate every single comment on Instagram so much and I try to reply to all of them!
How will you describe your fashion style?
I try to focus on the way that my clothes fit my silhouette and am particular about how the colors match with my skin tone. I often enjoy having themes for my OOTD. I pick up fashion trends from all over the world and try to dress like a local wherever I go to. For example, when planning to go to nature-rich countryside, I would wear denim with a plaid shirt as if I was from the American countryside, or try to wear a princess-like flared skirt when in Europe. It’s just really fun to match the OOTD and the place you are in especially when travelling. I also get inspiration from celebrity’s outfits and some YouTubers’ channel.
If you could change one thing about the world, what will it be?
I would like to get rid of all kinds of discrimination.
People are different in so many ways. I just think that we should celebrate our uniqueness more, not discriminate each other based on it. I believe in the beauty of discovering the differences among people/countries and one of my life’s themes is to explore the world and see different cultures. It goes without saying, but I think that diversity is wonderful.
Even the disability should be like “different ability” since I read that “If ropes were standard in getting to the second floor, could you as you are now climb it and make it to the second floor? If no, would you call it a disability? How about the people in wheelchairs who cannot climb the stairs.” Our standards are based too much on what is the most common, forgetting that there are always alternate possibilities that are just as pragmatic.
What flavor would you say best describes you?
Chocolate mint… I guess? Lol That’s what my best friend told me. I actually had never thought of that. Haha but when I asked my best friend, she said that I am like chocolate mint because it has sweet parts but overall it has a unique and cool flavor. I honestly think it perfectly describes myself though. Lol
Funniest or lamest attempt a guy has tried to know you?
A foreign guy asked me of the destination on the street and ended up being so annoyingly persistent that I gave in and exchanged contact information with him. Ever since that time he hasn’t stop texting me with super long “I can give you a million dollars and we can live together” kind of text in obviously automatically translated Japanese (which makes no sense). He didn’t even try to speak English nor Japanese and just sent the same message once every month… and yes, I ended up blocking him…
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Haruna. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
I think “sexy” is about having confidence and maybe also being strong. In Japan, we do not have the same definition of sexy as the one popularized in western cultures. Instead it is more closely correlated to being erotic and is limited to visual aspects of an individual.
But, I think it’s not just about showing more skin or a specific way that you dress. It’s about the way you carry yourself, the atmosphere you have, and being strong mentally, emotionally, with intelligence.
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