Remembering Hana Kimura


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Last year during the start of the pandemic, I did what any average person would do. I binged watched the hell out of Netflix. Started out with some Fyre Festival drama, then indulged in the spectacle that was Tiger King. Eventually my boyfriend and I decided to explore the Japanese reality series called, “Terrace House.”

When Kimura made her debut on Terrace House, she was a bubbly, effervescent, force of nature. It was difficult not to be drawn to her positive attitude, signature bubblegum pink hair, and beaming smile. She easily made friends with her housemates and was excited to show the world of women’s wrestling. It was perhaps her unshakable sunny disposition that drove the production team behind the scenes to push the young athlete to her emotional limit.