KIYO was born and raised in Japan. After graduating from Nihon University with a degree in Cinematography, he began building his career as a camera assistant in Vancouver, Canada. For the past fourteen years he has worked as a freelance cinematographer for major commercials TOYOTA, LEXUS, HONDA, NISSAN, SUBARU, Panasonic, SONY, Canon, Adidas Reebok, NIKE, P&G PANTENE, Maxfactor SK-2, Coca-Cola ,music videos and documentaries in Tokyo, Japan. He has established himself in the industry by shooting over 600 commercials and music videos. He relocated to NYC in 2013. His recent works include feature films " The Garden Left Behind" (won Audience award at SXSW in 2019, IFP in 2017), “Fair market Value” and a Netflix original series "Erased" 12 episodes (Available on Netflix Worldwide).
In addition, He owns Alexa XT and Alexa mini Camera Packages with Zeiss CP-2 Lenses, Slider, Gimbal equipment, Jib crane and light equipment.