Sakura Sun was inspired by one of SMASH Co-Founder Hillary's favorite ironman experiences. She was fortunate enough to celebrate her 36th ironman in the final running (though no one knew it at the time) of Ironman Japan on Fukue Island, Nagasaki. Though the race exists today, it is in a different location. Hillary's first trip to Japan and visit to this lush green island, staying with a local family amidst the rice paddies, ranks as one of her all-time favorite "life experiences," thanks to a career in ironman. She says that although Ironman Japan was actually one of her "worst races," it is these unique cultural experiences that have stuck with her over the years, and for which she is most grateful.