Yoshiro, or Yoshi as his friends call him, was born and raised in a small army town called Chitose in Hokkaido Island, Japan. However, the proximity also meant cold and cloudy weather most of the year, which is why Yoshi’s first passion was snowboarding.
Addition to skiing on the slopes of Niseiko, he indulged in surfing in the freezing water surrounding the island. It is through both of these sports that Yoshiro discovered his passion for surfboard shaping. Therefore, he decided to work at one of the island’s few surf shops.
However, when he felt that he learnt all there was on the island, he packed his bags and left to the Gold Coast, the heart of the surfing industry according to Japanese surfers.
Within four years from his arrival to Australian shores, Yoshi managed to make a name for himself as the founder of the TAKEDA brand. However, he never forgets how his journey to the top started – at a surf beach back in Hokkaido.