I was shattered when I heard that Hana Kimura from the Japanese reality TV show "Terrace House" had passed away. She was 22.

I'm a fan of the show, which may be why it hit me harder than I would've thought. However, as reports emerged about her death — tied up in issues of cyberbullying and mental health — I realized that what I was really missing in the media was a celebration of her life.

Kimura was a joy to watch on "Terrace House." She brought the authentic and multifaceted experience of being a mixed-race woman in Japan to the show, a sight that is rare in mainstream media here.