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

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

I Love Making Things by Hand

It’s already September. Where did the summer go?
I’m already busy making stuff to sell for our annual Pasado’s Safe Haven Drive at Studio 904 (mark your calendar for Sunday, December 5, 2015). I committed to making a large number of hand-made crafts but found it was almost impossible to make them in large quantities. So I decided to create a system.
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Power of a SMILE

If you have been reading my blog, you know that I fell while walking my dog last spring and sustained a mouth injury. You can read what happened to me here.
Since then, I’ve gone through a year of dental reconstructive surgeries under the care of the remarkable Dr. Rhys Spoor and his kind and knowledgable staff. They are the best team ever! Read more