Yuuri was born in Hasetsu, Saga Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, where his family owns and operates the last bathhouse inn remaining in the town. Yuuri began figure skating as a child at Ice Castle with his childhood friends, Yuuko and Takeshi. His ballet teacher Minako was the one who had recommended him to learn figure skating. Currently, Yuuri is a top figure skater certified by JSF (Japan Skating Federation). Yuuri is known to be "the figure skater with the world's biggest glass heart." He is soft hearted and easily devastated in the face of failureーso much so that he can slip into a depression for months at a time. He is quiet, kind and easily embarrassed, but is also shown to be stubborn and extremely competitive.