PROFILE

BLACK
YO-YO PERFORMER & SERIAL DREAMER
Giving the Yo-Yo a new face to world.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, BLACK picked up his first Yo-Yo at age 14. It was the start of an incredible journey to becoming a World Champion and professional performer. At first, he couldn’t even do the easiest of tricks because he wasn’t coordinated enough and hated sports. However, after a week of practice, his throw looked just like a training tutorial, and he began to understand the possibilities that the Yo-Yo offered him. It was the first thing in life he was good at, and the Yo-Yo became the catalyst for his passion.

Setting his sights on the World Championship, it took four years, but 10,000 hours of practice later he was crowned World Champion in Florida, USA. It was a success not achieved by talent, but rather by his extraordinary commitment. With no professional outlet for his performances, he studied at university, and upon graduation became a typical Japanese office worker, losing his passion and spirit for the Yo-Yo along the way.

Yet the spark to perform remained. Remembering an amazing juggler he’d seen in the Cirque du Soleil show “Dralion,” BLACK decided to create a stage show that would demonstrate how spectacular the Yo-Yo could be, and thereby change the public image of the Yo-Yo. Quitting his job, he embarked on a career as a professional performer.

In a fortunate encounter with Viktor Kee, the same juggler who performed in Dralion, Viktor told him, “Your technique is great, but your body movement not so much. You should learn dancing.” Inspired, BLACK took up ballet, jazz dance, and acrobatics to make his movements sharp and poised – a challenge for a person who wasn’t athletic.

Having passed an audition for Cirque du Soleil in 2009, at long last in 2014 he started performing in their new touring show KURIOS as the first and only Yo-Yo artist in the history of Cirque du Soleil.

He was also the first Yo-Yo artist and Japanese speaker to appear at the original TED, sharing his story of commitment and passion with the fascinated audience at TED2013, who rewarded him with a standing ovation.

Today, BLACK continues to push the limits of Yo-Yo performance with his inspired artistry, fueled by his unique commitment and desire to perform worldwide and share his message: “Passion makes the impossible possible.”

In his talks he shares his experience and knowledge of how to find and achieve your true dream.
To help everybody to enjoy a life filled with happiness is the ultimate joy for BLACK.

“I want to live my life happily to the best of my ability”
We all wish to be happy.
It is my desire to support everyone in this universal dream.

“How to find your true dream”
“How to achieve the dream you found”
“Passion makes the impossible possible”

These messages express my wish to encourage hope in everyone, so that everyone can follow their own path to the life they want.
Through my performances and talks, I want to help everybody enjoy a life filled with happiness.

YO-YO PERFORMER & SERIAL DREAMER
BLACK

Career

Conference

  • USA California TED2013
  • USA Washington D.C. IMPACT2013
  • Mexico Ciudad de las Ideas
  • and more

Corporate Clients

  • Harley-Davidson Japan K.K.
  • Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
  • The Institute for International Business Communication
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited
  • Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation
  • Zappos.com
  • Charles Schwab
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Visa Inc.
  • Cisco India
  • and more

Education

  • Indonesia, Bali Green School

  • Pearson Education Asia textbook "Longman English Spark!"
  • and more

Festivals, Theater, Corporate events and many more.