Takeo Ishi grew up in Tokyo and studied after school engineering , because he should one day take over his father's business. In his spare time, he was a zither and dulcimer enthusiastic, so he taught himself to play these instruments in Tokyo. About the records yodler Franz Lang , he even learned to yodel, so that he soon got an appearance on Japanese television. Then he went to Europe and sang in Switzerland in a tourist restaurant near Zurich from where he was immediately hired. Then he himself sang in front of his idol Franz Lang, who took him under his wing and into the mission of "early start" with Maria Hellwig brought. After that he was in the German as "yodeling Japanese" known. He received numerous appearances on radio and television and was popular with colleagues from the music on the move. In Mary Hellwig's "barn" in Reit im Winkl he was a permanent guest. Takeo Ishi lived with his wife and four sons, Maximilian, Michael, Andrew and Luke in Reit im Winkl .