A Little About Me

dsc_5997_edited-1.jpgI’ve done a brief intro on my “About” me, but I wanted to put a face to the writing you see on your screen.
It may be boring, but enjoy this self-intro! This is what I look like to the right (not currently though, I’m wearing comfy Saturday morning clothes as I write this):

1. Where I Am From

I was born in Nagoya, Japan in March of 1998. Nagoya is roughly 2 hours south of Tokyo via bullet train, and is considered the 3rd largest city after Tokyo and Osaka. Through multiple lifestyle changes, I wound up in Bellevue, Washington at 4. My parents and I had little confidence of speaking in English, and I remember being intimidated by everyone looking “foreign” to me. Even though, to them, I was considered the “foreign” kid.
Fast forward to now, my parents and I have been Green Card residents for 15+ years. I am well-accustomed to life in America, although there are many gaps between my street knowledge of American references. I used to be ashamed of this – but now I am proud of it, because I am Japanese, and do not consider myself Japanese American.

2. What I Value

I value supportive people, who are unconditionally loving and present. I value time to myself, to be introverted as hell, and to just jam out to loud music with earbuds in, dancing alone in my room. I value having a strong and healthy body, and making conscious choices of nutrition and exercise to sustain myself. I value sound conversations about life, our existence, and what we signify in society. I value a good cup of earl grey or bitter green tea. I value being stingy on the little things, and being thoughtful about how I use money. I value the feelings of other people, and listening to their thoughts when intended for me to listen to. I value Mama Nature, and minimizing my footprint. I value self-expression, and writing out my thoughts, and seeing words on a platform outside of my mind.

3. Why My Name is Monet

My birth-name is Mone Kumazawa, or Kumazawa Mone, if you want to properly address me in Japanese. My Chinese characters for my Japanese name is 熊澤萌音, roughly translating to Bear-Creek Blossoming Sound. Kumazawa has been in the family lineage for long, but will soon dwindle down as all grandchildren of the family are girls.
If I marry, I intend to keep my last name or hyphenate with my partner, because I have a great pride in my family heritage.
The first character of 萌 incorporates other characters of spring/nature, with brightness. Being born in March, my parents wanted to include nature and spring into my name. The second character, 音, translates to sound or music, with my parent’s intentions of me being immersed in music. Although I regrettably do not play any instruments, I am an insane concert junkie and hold pride in my solo’s in the shower.
I love my name for it’s uniqueness, not just in the Chinese characters, but in Japanese hiragana, and also in the English language.
The additional “t” to my name is under my Mama’s wishes of Americans pronouncing my name phonetically correct (Mo-nay), which has led to many questions about whether I am French or a painter.

I am proud of my origin, values, and given title.
I am Monet/Mone Kumazawa, and this is who I am.
Who are you? What is your story?

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E-mail: monet.kumazawa@gmail.com

Featured image includes chubby Monet and Papa Kumazawa.
Portrait photo taken by Malia Nakamura.


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