Discovering “KISSUI” – A Project to Cut Out a Perfect Moment of a Woman
It was an accidental encounter. And a delightful one, it was.
Ms. Yuka Yanagisawa, our founder of “Mompreneur®s Network Japan” was looking into spreading the idea of “mompreneur®”, a mother who is also an entrepreneur, in Japan, when she met Ms. Yoko Miyazaki, a photographer for a project called “KISSUI”. This is how a collaboration of these two projects happened.
■What is Project “KISSUI”?
“KISSUI” is a name of a project team run by a photographer, Ms. Miyazaki and a hair artist, Ms. Aya Ogasawara, who both are successful professionals in their own field of work. This project brought them together to present the “true pure beauty” of women uniquely expressed with the sensitivity of Japanese minds and spirits. Women stand in front of the camera with a slight touch up to their hair by the hair artist, and experience a special moment to reveal their true selves.
This is what they have to say about their project.
“The natural beauty of women cannot be judged by their physical shape or superficial image as it is often the case. The true beauty comes from life itself that everyone is born with. We think the glow that life holds is the source of pure beauty. There are neither standards nor rules in beauty of women. Every beauty has its uniqueness and that is just fine as it is.
Our jobs took us all over the world respectively, and we have seen and felt the ‘true beauty of life’ from each of our point of view. We made it our mission to capture and share the ‘true beauty of life’ we have found.
By being in front of the camera, and by looking at yourself objectively as the photographer sees you, we hope you will find your true beauty and preciousness that lie within you, and embrace your true self and your life as they should be, no matter what others may say.”
As a professional make-up artist, Aya Ogasawara has established and enjoyed an active and successful career in the most forefront fashion and beauty scenes, including Tokyo, London and New York, for over 10 years.
Aya’s expertise lies in her ability to work with different face shape and skin tone, and to bring out and accentuate people’s inner beauty by enhancing their natural features. Professionally, she always stays knowledgeable of the most current beauty trends, and skilled in the latest techniques in make-up, airbrushing, hair-styling, fashion-styling, eyelash extension, esthetic treatment, etc., with a simple goal of providing her clients a wide range of professional and/or personalized beauty related services for their different projects or occasions.
Aya has regularly worked with high-profile clients in the fashion and the entertainment industries, including fashion magazines Vogue, Elle, Dazed and Confused, on photo shoots and many other exciting projects such as music video filming of Boy George and Mark Ronson; advertising campaigns for Victoria’s Secret and Burberry; fashion shows for Giorgio Armani and Michael Kors.
In addition, Aya has also provided her professional make-up services to individuals, including celebrities, for private events such as weddings. She is highly commended by her clients as an artistically inclined, highly resourceful, flexible, attentive, and creative professional with an intuitive and keen understanding of her clients’ particular needs.
Aya also actively organizes beauty seminars for professionals and general public who are interested, gives speeches and lectures, publishes articles on various beauty related topics, and occasionally shares her insights through interviews.
Aya graduated from London School of Beauty and Make-Up, where she obtained the internationally recognized I.M.A.(International Make Up Association) qualification. In addition, she acquired an Airbrush Make-Up Certificate at London Film Academy.
<Works>Yoko Miyazaki, a president of YOKO MIYAZAKI PHOTOGRAPH, is a photographer dedicated to B&W photo shooting including portraits and photographs more than 800 subjects including various celebrities/artists throughout the year. She has been active in shooting for media such as magazines and advertisements as well.
From her regret not to be able to have photos with her dog, she also established “LARGO -Dog photo & Design-“, her original photo shooting brand focusing on “Dog and its owner”, to deliver the memorable photos to dogs’ owners.
<Project>She launched “kiss the dog! around the world project” in 2013 to shoot phots showing the owners kissing their lovely dogs. She traveled around the world to Taiwan, Hawaii, NY and is now planning to expand her activities to France and Italy this year.
<Short Biography>Yoko Miyazaki graduated from the university with major in architecture and worked at the real estate developer to project-manage various residential houses after the graduation. After the resignation, she moved in to the photo industry initially as an assistant of commercial photographer and started up her own company and brand later.
Let’s get to know the mompreneur®s in New York where International Women’s Day began！
Ms. Yanagisawa and Ms. Miyazaki have chosen New York City, USA as the location of their first project together. Another photoshoot session was already scheduled in New York in the fall of the same year (2015).
▲Exhibition “Anniversary” in New York City, June 15, 2015. (Photos by KISSUI：Kenji Mori)
We, “Mompreneur®s Network Japan” have something slightly in common with the city of New York. Our founder, Ms. Yanagisawa has selected March 8th as “Mompreneur® Day” in honor of “International Women’s Day”. Its origin goes back to New York in the early twentieth century, where factory workers went on strike protesting about their working conditions. This movement eventually developed into “International Women’s Day”.
Reference: United Nations International Women’s Day
Blessed by this tiny commonality, we decided to step up a little. With the help from our two friends from “KISSUI”, we have contacted mompreneur®s working in New York.
“What do we have in common and what is the difference in the environment of mothers who started their own business? What do working women in the US find difficult to deal with at work and at home? What are their thoughts on their time at work and time at home? “
With these questions in our minds, we interviewed four mompreneur®s who started their own businesses in New York.
We consider that this is our chance to spread the voices of mompreneur®s overseas to all the women out there. It would be our honor if we could somehow inspire expecting mothers and those who want to become a mompreneur® in finding their way of working and living their lives.
Now, we proudly present “KISSUI x Mompreneur®s in New York”!
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– KISSUI × Mompreneur®s in New York –