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What's in a Name


Nao Magami

My name is “Naoharu”. Nao means honest and straight fist. Haru means “fine sunshine” which my father gave to me. But Naoharu is too long. Everyone called me “Nao-chan” when I was in Japan. After I came to this country, people called me “Nao”. But it still sounds uncommon to Americans, so I tell them “its Nao or never”, then they remember my name. All my musician friends call me “Zak”, Nao still sounds strange to them.

My last name is “Magami” which means “on the horse”. Probably my ancestors were “Bushi” riding horses.

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Story of a Name: Nao Magami
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Nao Magami July 2011 Photo courtesy of Japanese American National Museum More »

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