Haikaa Yamamoto: a song celebrating beauty

Haikaa Yamamoto Haikaa Yamamoto: a song celebrating beauty

I really didn’t know what to make of singer-songwriter Haikaa Yamamoto when I first read about her diverse cultural background. Her pictures are not telling but she is a Japanese descendant born in Brazil and has studied in both US and Japan. And what really enthralled me was when I heard her performing “Work of Art”, a lovely number she composed with her songwriting partner, Mercuri, and sung in 19 languages to celebrate the appreciation of diversity. Other than English, some of the other languages include Arabic, French, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Turkish, and even some very obscure tongues such as Guarani M’ Bya. It’s got a very catchy tune and when performed in the different languages, the song brings such a soulful dimension to the idea of global connectivity! You just have to hear it for yourself!

I wanted to share her music here because I find “Work of Art” very refreshing as it’s a song about beauty that begins with self-acceptance. According to Haikaa, the first step to being and feeling beautiful is understanding who you are and working inside and out. And since the song is sung in different languages, it would also appeal to my international readers and allow us to connect from a common standpoint about beauty.

To learn more about Haikaa’s inspiration, I also took the opportunity to ask her some questions and to get some insights into her notions of self-acceptance and very personal beauty tips for staying youthful looking.

Share with us what has inspired you to produce such a unique piece – Work of Art?
Haikaa: “Work of Art” is a song that celebrates the uniqueness of each and every one of us. On a more personal level, I wrote “Work of Art” as a declaration of love for myself regardless of people’s opinions of me.

You’ve mentioned that some people’s opinion of you were not so flattering. Did it have to do with how you look and how did you deal with that?
Haikaa: In general, the love and freedom that have guided my life have led me towards unusual paths. So, I sometimes deal with the cynicism of people who see me as “a dreamer who refuses to grow up”. With regards to my looks, I was walking down the streets of Sao Paulo once and I got called a “delicious samurai”. Then, on another day during a job interview, a Japanese TV producer asked me if I was pregnant. I realized very clearly that looking outside for reassurance can be very confusing.

Singer songwriter Haikaa Yamamoto Haikaa Yamamoto: a song celebrating beauty

What advice do you have to give ladies with issues of accepting who they are or how they look to others?
Haikaa: My advice is to understand your assets and limitations and accept what you can’t change and work to improve what you can. Every woman has her own ugliness-beauty range. Being and feeling beautiful is about striving to be on the higher end of that very personal scale.

You look a lot younger than your age! Can you share some of your beauty tips to looking youthful?
Haikaa Yamamoto Work of Art 150x150 Haikaa Yamamoto: a song celebrating beauty Haikaa: I’m 37 and for my face, I use cleaning products for oily skin and pore minimizing cream daily. I also get a facial once a month at the end of my menstrual cycle. For my hair, I got red highlights to make my face shine which in turn also gives me a more youthful look. In order to get the highlights, I had to bleach my hair first. So I have to moisturize my hair once a week at home and once a month at the salon. For my body, I cook my own food and I eat 5 to 6 times a day. One of my favorite ingredients nowadays is flaxseed. I mix one tablespoon of flaxseed with low fat yogurt and a little avocado. It doesn’t taste better than chocolate milkshake but it will keep you satisfied and healthy!

You mentioned you are a sunscreen aficionado so what’s the brand of sunscreen you use and how do you go about preventing sun spots from developing?
Haikaa: Currently I wear either Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF70 or Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection SPF60. I’m also really into big hats with sunscreen and I never expose myself to the sun without protection.

Click on the soundcloud player below to hear the full English version of her song. And if you like to support Haikaa, here’s the link to Work of Art from iTunes or get her album here.

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Blog editor of Viva Woman, Sesame is a skin care addict who is fond of using natural & organic beauty products. She also enjoys ogling at handmade jewelry & cute stationery.

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Comments

  1. Lee Ying says:

    Quite surprised she sung in Chinese although it was a bit hard to understand the words. But it’s a beautiful song and she is very lovely too. :)

    • sesame says:

      Yes, she is beautiful. ;)

    • @Lee Ying One of the languages I sang, Lushootseed, is only spoken by 3 people in the world. That’s a big responsibility on one hand but to sing in Chinese felt like a MASSIVE responsibility too!!! Thanks for your kind words. I did have a Mandarin and Cantonese language coach with me on the studio when I recorded the full length versions. Chinese is a beautiful language but it’s very tough to pronounce :)

  2. Well, that sucks when someone is rude enough to ask if you’re pregnant when you’re not! That’s a very joyful song and video!

    • @ Soos OMG, it totally sucked. I think cases like that is when you really have to have the self-confidence to just laugh it off. So glad you enjoyed my music ;)

    • Soos: It’s a very catchy tune and I find myself humming to it quite often.

  3. I enjoyed reading both the article and the interview! There is so much truth in there! I place a lot of emphasis in the inner beauty and can’t agree more with Haikaa’s perspective!
    Once you are good inside, You also shine outside as well!
    Thank you for sharing this article.So much to think and reflect.

    • sesame says:

      Glad you enjoyed reading the interview. And I agree with your comment…it’s more important to shine from within.

    • @effie It’s a lot more difficult to achieve inner beauty than outer beauty but you’re absolutely right, one depends on the other!!! ;)

  4. I have only known 2 Brazil-born Japanese-descendant women. One is you, Haikaa, and the other is an amazing friend of mine. It’s wonderful how both of you are just as brilliant, inspiring, positive, and confident. Oh, and she’s from Sao Paolo as well! Keep up the good work and hope I’ll see you on the bigger stage. :)

    • @frckls There must be something on the water in Sao Paulo, huh? Hahahhaahha. Thank you so much for your kindness and support. When I’m on that bigger stage, I hope to see you there!!! :)

  5. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful song and I think it’s really amazing how she sang in all those languages and I love hearing them all! :) Must be so tough to learn the pronunciation and kudos for bringing together such a lovely assortment of languages. I will definitely look forward to more works by Haikaa!

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