• Keiko's Journey

    Kay's Memoir about growing up between two worlds and uncovering family secrets. More

  • Yumi's Life Lessons

    Newly revised and updated, Kay's first book of inspiration. More

  • Sheer Determination

    Kay's NEW book chronicles her 40+ years building a socially responsible business. More

  • Blog

    Updates from Kay about everything from her latest creations to book signings and special events. More

Skill or Attitude, Which is More Important to Succeed in Work and Life?

As I wrote in my book, Sheer Determination it became clear to me that our society often places too much emphasis on talent to determine whether a person succeeds in life and career. I’ve employed many people who had a “natural talent” for cutting and designing hair. I looked for talented stylists because I believed they would help my business provide high quality hair design services to our customers.
Wrong!  In the end, many of them were a disappointment and often left the salon after only a few months. In contrast, I have trained stylists who started out with only a minimal amount of creative flair for hair design, but had a passion for what they were doing, stuck it out for the long term, and won our clients’ hearts. What was the one thing this latter group of stylists had in common? The answer is they approached life with a positive attitude.
I’d love to show you this video interview of Justin Born. Justin now lives in New York. He is someone that succeeded in Studio 904’s Apprenticeship Program because he had a great attitude and practiced the Kaizen principle, Lifelong learning in small incremental steps and he is still going strong!

 

Summer Update

It’s been a while since we’ve communicated. I’d like to say thank you again for your support and help in the successful launch of my new book, Sheer Determination. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I’ve been thinking about how I can serve you better. My desire is to share helpful information and tips that Read more

A Chapter for Every Occasion

Book readings and signings have always been challenging for me. It’s not that I don’t like public speaking, I actually enjoy that part. What I get nervous about is that I’ll be stuck in a quiet corner of a bookstore with a pile of my books, nothing to say and worse yet, nobody to listen. Thankfully, that has never happened… in fact, last week, it was quite the opposite! Read more

Grateful, Joyful, Amazed…


I am so happy to report that my book hit #1 on Amazon’s Women and Business Best Sellers!

I am having a difficult time finding the right words to express how grateful I feel for all of you, my loyal supporters. Many of you were by my side as I struggled to finish my book, Sheer Determination, and then during my big book launch you came through with your orders! What a thrill it was to see my book sandwiched between Sheryl Sandberg’s and Ivanka Trump’s on the Women and Business Best Sellers page! Read more

The Importance of Sharing Our Stories

I recently spoke at the Japanese Cultural Center’s Tomodachi Luncheon in Seattle. Tomodachi means friend in Japanese, and in that spirit, this annual luncheon brings together new and existing members of the community to help support and secure the existence of the Cultural Center and its programs.

In my speech, I shared my feelings about the importance of sharing your story, especially in this day and age of “Fake News” and other opressive policies.