Almost 6 feet tall, with long hair and a humorous character, Yusuke could be one of the nicest persons on the street who you just passed by today and didn’t notice. Born in Kyoto, Japan, one of Japan’s oldest cities, Yusuke possesses a dream that is posibly bigger than any Japanese dream from a typical conservative background. He strives to accomplish his vision, a huge one, not merely for himself but for the people.
For more than 13 years working as a hairstylist in the upscale district of Omotesando in central Tokyo, Yusuke has been a top hairstylist who’s full range includes cutting, dying, and hair perm geared exclusively for high-end customers. His hair styles have been seen in several Japanese magazines and numerous Japanese fashion shows. With his cutting edge skills, Yusuke has found himself being invited to many styling seminars to present his ideas.
Despite his accomplishments in Japan, Yusuke has a future vision to someday go international. Having recently moved to New York Cityand living here for almost one year, Yusuke found himself taking a few steps back to deal with the toughest challenge he faces: the language barrier. Yusuke lifts his head up and pats his chest; he is determined to meet the challenge!
In the biggest city in the world, Yusuke claims that he has so much to learn, especially the hair styles that can be found in multi-cultural perspectives.
Clearly, Yusuke realizes that New York City has developed its own style of fashion, taste, and trends resulting from its own unique cultures.
“I always want to raise the level of Japanese hairstyle in the fashion industry; we are not up there yet!”. “There’s certain barriers that Japan still couldn’t breach through yet. The promotion of creativity should be encouraged.”
Yusuke also reveals a dream that is actually filled with love. He says, “everyone deserves to be equal, some people need these skills more than us here in the big city.” Economic conditions in third world countries and unfair treatment are always the ache of his heart.He tells me someone like him in a third world country would use this skill to feed their entire family, or bring the greatest joy to someone who has never had a haircut before. “One day I hope to volunteer and teach those people how to do a haircut, so they can make a living”, or perhaps he might educate some future fashion artists!