The sport of darts is on the rise in the land of the rising sun. It is becoming one of the biggest markets in the world and Unicorn is backing one of the best!
Tomonori Takeda is the future of darts in Japan and the Far East and it was the influence of watching the greatest of them all - Phil Taylor - that persuaded the 32-year-old to start on a new journey.
Now living in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, Takeda is one of the thousands of Japanese who have been caught back the darting bug. Earlier in 2007, Team Unicorn Global star Ray Carver went on a promotional tour of the country and was mobbed everywhere he went!
It seems the Japanese can't get enough of the sport and PDC Chairman Barry Hearn is determined to further develop darts in Japan. The country has already been represented twice at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship and Takeda is desperate to add his name to the roll of honour.
Over the years, several members of Team Unicorn, including Taylor and John Part have toured Japan and it has inspired many to pick up the tungsten for the first time.
Slowly but surely, the darting gospel is being spread in Japan and Unicorn is delighted to be part of it ... Takeda has already won titles in singles and doubles and tries to base his game on his darting hero Colin Lloyd.
Married, away from the oche, he enjoys basketball, Mexican food and Bon Jovi!
Hopefully we'll be hearing a lot more of Takeda over the next few years.