Keiko’s Journey Book Launch plus Rememberance

The year 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

One of my goals this year was to launch Keiko’s Journey so that it would coincide with this monumental moment in our nation’s history. Even though the war has long ended, so many innocent lives, both Japanese and American, have been altered forever. Read more

Order Now for Free Shipping

I’m so excited to announce that you can now buy both of my books online through my publisher, Chin Music Press. For a limited time, shipping is FREE so order now if you want to receive the books in time for the holidays. Read more

Book Launch & Holiday Angel Event!

I will be signing books at our annual Angels for the Animals event on December 5th 10AM – 4PM at my salon, Studio 904 Hair Design. Come and help the animal welfare organizations we are supporting by buying unique hand-made gifts for the holidays, Read more

Feeling Vulnerable

S W I M I N T H E S E A (1)

Breath, inhale, exhale…focus on the things on hand.

Does this sound familiar?

I’m sure that you’ve had weeks when you felt like this, right?

“I don’t know if I can do this,” I’ve repeated these words a hundred times in the past two weeks. Read more

Five Things I Learned from Yumi

Yumi's Life Lessons

Thank you all for the encouraging comments you wrote after reading the excerpt from the first chapter of my new book, Keiko’s Journey. My spirits were definitely lifted as I read through your thoughtful feedback.

Today, I have some more good news to reveal! Some of you know that a while ago, I self-published a book called Yumi’s Life Lessons… How to Empower Yourself and Turn Everyday Into a Happy Day. It is hard to believe, but that was ten years ago! I am so happy to announce that a second edition of Yumi’s book will soon be released with some brand new content! Read more

New Website, New Book and More

Keiko's Journey by Kay Hirai

I am excited to inform you that my new book, Keiko’s Journey, will soon go to print. I have been working on this for over two years and it is deeply gratifying that my story has been documented.

I must admit, it was a painful experience for me to think back so many years ago and recollect the memorable moments in my childhood. There were so many times I wanted to give up writing this book because exposing myself to the world in this way made me feel afraid and vulnerable. Yet, deep in my heart, I was convinced that my story needs to be shared. I hope to inspire the thousands of men and women who are now going through the same torment as I did, stranded between two countries and feeling as though they don’t belong to either one. Read more

Why Going Slow will Help You to Survive

Here’s a story for you.

After I opened my first hair salon in 1980, I worked hard to build my business. I scrimped and saved and put in long hours of work. But I never felt like I was going anywhere with it. Every year was a struggle in financial hardship. Yet, when I looked around, my peers were doing so well. They bought fancy cars and traveled all over the world to attend exciting Beauty Symposiums. Read more

Yumi’s Life Lessons

How to empower yourself and turn everyday into a happy day!

Yumi's Life Lessons
My book, Yumi’s Life Lessons. Ten percent of each sale was donated to Pasado’s Safe Haven which amounted to $3,500!

It’s been five years since this book was written and self-published by me. The story of this book is about my sweet white Terrier named Yumi and the lessons she taught me about life. She truly taught me that every day is precious and I must live each day being happy. Read more