company profile

ukaCompany Profile

Company Name
uka Co., Ltd.
Chairperson
Kiho Watanabe

Member of the board of directors of the International Nail Association
Member of the Japan Beauty Technique Development Center
Calgel educator

Chairperson / Top manicurist
Kiho Watanabe

Kiho Watanabe is extensively involved in all facets of the nail design business. Besides working at and operating her own salons, she lectures frequently at industry seminars and is prominent in photo shoots for magazines.
Ms. Watanabe believes that manicure should not end at the fingertips. Rather, it deserves the same degree of attention as hairstyling and the clothes one wears. Her natural and simple style involves matching the manicure to the personality of the individual, taking both fashion and lifestyle into consideration. Her reputation for sophistication has brought her the trust of celebrities and industry leaders, including in the beauty field. In particular, her use of color is highly acclaimed.
Placing priority on healthy nail care, Ms. Watanabe provides manicures for every occasion, from the everyday to parties and weddings. For commercial shoots, the demand for her services by both women and men is intense.
In addition to being a manicurist, Ms. Watanabe holds the position of CEO at uka. She had hands-on involvement in the launch of her salons and maintains an active role in its management and operation.
uka nail oil, produced by Kiho Watanabe, has been on the market since October 1, 2009.

■Books
“Nail Lesson,” Jitsugyou no Nihon Sha, Ltd. (Also sold in Korea)
To buy click here
“Adult Nail Art You Can Do Yourself,” Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc. 
To buy click here

■Blog
1oven.com(covers trends in various genres)
Openers(webmagazine)
Twitter
All About Guide

■Product Development
・uka nail oil
・uka Hand Treatment Spices
・uka Head Therapy Spices
・KOBAKO nails / KOBAKO nails for Foot products adviser

■Shop Development
ukafe

■Inquires and requests for commercial photo shoots, etc.
uka Tokyo Office
TEL. 03-5775-7828 / e-mail tokyo-office@uka.co.jp
※Open for inquires: weekdays 12:00〜18:00
Profile (PDF download 2.68 MB)

CEO
Hiroyuki Watanabe
CTO
Haruyuki Iwaya / Hiroyuki Watanabe
Haruyuki Iwaya

Joined Excel in 1978 and trained under Kazuyoshi Mukouhara
Winner of Kanagawa Prefecture Ladies Category in 1983 and 1984
Winner of National Competition Ladies Category in 1984
Japanese representative at OMC World Championship (Italy) in 1986
Appearance in other international championships; active in Japan and overseas
Conducted Excel Festival from 1991 to 2000
Appearance at Excel Vanana
Currently holds positions of vice-president and top stylist
In charge of hair and makeup for television and magazines
Delivers seminars and hair shows nationwide

■Inquires and requests for commercial photo shoots, etc.
Tokyo Office
TEL. 03-5775-7828 / e-mail tokyo-office@uka.co.jp
(Open for inquires: weekdays 12:00 - 18:00)

Business Activities
General hair and beauty salon business. Planning and sales of original products.
Planning and management of hair shows/lectures/seminars and providing lecturers.
Fielding professional staff for hair and makeup, manicures and head therapy for magazine and commercial shoots, etc.
Other event support.
Office
1-8-7-7F, Nishiazabu, Minatoku Tokyo, JAPAN ( Map
TEL.03-5775-7828 / FAX.03-5775-7829



Founded
Registered as a limited liability company in 1964.
Registered as an incorporated company in 1985.
Capital
10,000,000 yen
Number of Employees
126
Salons
Tokyo Midtown
Hiroo
Marunouchi KITTE
OMOTESANDO
BeautyApothecary spa by uka
uka ISETAN HANEDA STORE(LADIES)

Concept of uka

uka means emergence in Japanese —that moment when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
Our hope is that every woman and man to beautifully shine with maturity, helping us spread beauty in the world just as butterflies carrying pollen from flower to flower. It is with such hope that uka was named.
The concept of the uka salons is “The salon where you encounter the most happy occasions in the world”.
Becoming more beautiful leads to happiness: the pleasure of being beautiful and being complimented.
Hair, nails, hands, skin, face, and fragrance… we want to help you enhance your beauty and boost your happiness.
Experience the total beauty of uka born from such aspirations.

Chairperson Kiho Watanabe


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