I was born in Osaka in 1997 to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. Japan has always been in my heart and soul.
My memories of Japan in those early days are hazy as we moved from Osaka to New York when I was 3 years old. However, I do hold some vivid ones, for example walking in the park with my mom, and eating nikuman (steamed meat buns) from 7-Eleven. In fact, we used to walk around Osaka's Utsubo Park, which turned out to be the venue where I won the tournament for the first time in Japan in 2019.