Tomomi is Part owner of 1Stop-Fitness, a gym she opened with her partner in 2013. She is specialized in corrective exercise and she trains people who have chronic pain to reduce or manage their pain. But more importantly, she has a passion to guide her clients to love themselves no matter what. She is also a professional speaker and the author of Me and The Japanese Beauty Standards. She was born and raised in Japan, but she isn’t good at math and she doesn’t like sake, sushi or raw fish. Her joke is, “I break the stereotype of Japanese.” She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her life partner, Larry and a smart dog, Roscoe.
Tomomi was born and raised in Iwakuni Japan, where there is a Marine Corps Air Station. As a little girl, she was a tomboy who always followed her big brother, and both are very fortunate to have very loving parents. They are very supportive and understanding of anything that they want to try.
When Tomomi was 13 years old, she started feeling that she couldn’t breathe with the culture that she loves. Because she felt the pressure to be a certain way to fit into Japanese society as a girl, a kid, and a human being. She sensed that there was an untold rule to live, and there were very strict Japanese beauty standards, which she got from TV, magazines, and advertisements everywhere. One of the magazines had a chart that discloses individuals’ height to match weight. Also, people on TV to this day still make fun of comedian women who are curvy or unique. Because she did not fit in those Japanese beauty standards and being unique was looked at differently, she felt fat and ugly, which stuck with her for a long time. Even the pain she was carrying as a young girl, she was very outgoing and trying to be independent. When she was 17 years old, she wanted to deliver morning newspapers, which she had to ride her mom’s bicycle to get from one location to the next. She had to get up at 4:30 am and deliver newspapers every day even if it was raining. That was a great experience and taught her how to be responsible more than ever. At the age of 19, she visited Australia to experience another country. The visit to this country was an eye-opening experience, that left her feeling like she was accepted for who she is.
She moved to the United States in 2003 and became a personal trainer in 2006. She felt very insecure about her accent so she studied very hard to know her field as much as she could and attended every workshop. She wanted to surprise people with her knowledge despite her accent. That’s how she got her confidence as a trainer. She specialized in corrective exercise and trains clients who have chronic pain to reduce and manage their pain. She continues to update her education and loves it.
At that time, she was still struggling to accept her beauty but finally started seeing that she was enough. Being a trainer was a big part of that and exercising helped her to feel an accomplishment at every workout. She started seeing her beauty and she was OK with it even it doesn’t fit in the Japanese beauty standards.
These are the reasons why she started having a passion to speak, but she felt she wasn’t qualified yet. So, in 2008 she decided to enter a bachelor’s degree at California University of Pennsylvania and took Sports management (Wellness and Fitness) thinking that it would help her as a speaker someday. She graduated, but she wasn’t ready to expose her past yet. It was still fresh, embarrassing and painful.
In 2010, she became an independent trainer and started operating her own personal training business. That led to opening 1Stop-Fitness with her partner, Larry in 2013. Running the gym was very stressful, but she got to learn a lot about herself, life, people and business. That experience gave her the courage to speak about her past. She wrote short version of her life story and published it through a publisher in Japan. She published Me and The Japanese Beauty Standards in English. She is now speaking about her past and life experiences to share and motivate people, especially teenagers and women.
Tomomi strongly wonders if TV, magazines, and advertisements know what kind of messages are actually sent out. Their unintentional messages are giving people pressure to be a certain way to fit the standards. She certainly believes that beauty is not all about looks. There are many kinds of beauties in this world, for example, kindness, positive energy, compassion, and a contagious smile, etc. Those should be on TV, magazines and social media. More importantly, being as who we are should be presented as beautiful.
Tomomi asks herself if those were the messages she got growing up, she might have not suffered from her battles of insecurities. That’s why she wants to spread her messages.
Tomomi is a funny and outgoing person with a smile and her personality breaks the stereotype of Japanese. She is a very tough individual. Her speech has love, passion, caring, kindness, understanding, strength, and connection which makes you believe that you can do it if she can!