Born in Iwakuni Japan, Yako started Classical piano training at 5 and continued
until her graduation from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.
She then established her own Music Teaching business called the Yako
Dream Project. During this time Yako also performed at various venues as a
vocalist and pianist as well as event planner while maintaining her teaching schedule in piano, voice training, music theory etc.
In 1997 Yako created and performed at the Asia African Refugee Relief Charity Concert
in Yamaguchi Japan for which she received a commendation from UNHCR Commission.
In 2002 she first visited New York City.
In 2003 Yako performed with Koji Nakamoto in Japan.
And she promoted and performed wit trumpet great Shunzo Ohno for several tours in Japan. In addition to Mr Ohno, Yako also performed with and promoted Eri Ohno, Alan Eicher, Jun Saito and others in Japan.