Evening Telegraph

VIDEO: Meet the Japanese busker ‘Zorro’ who has been turning heads in Dundee city centre

Some of music’s biggest names have been stopping by Dundee recently.

Simple Minds and the Pretenders wowed Slessor Gardens on Sunday, while Primal Scream, Kyle Falconer and former Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark will be back there this weekend to celebrate the opening of the V&A museum.

But last week a touring Japanese busker has been making a name all of his own in the city centre.

Yuu Horii

Yuu Horii, known as Zorro, has been serenading passersby in City Square with his versions of favourites by the Beatles, John Denver and Leonard Cohen.

Performing in traditional Japanese dress, Yuu has been winning fans across the globe since embarking on his own world tour that has so far lasted four years and visited 57 countries.

His travels have taken him across the globe, from South America to Australia and New Zealand, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Yuu, 38, said: “It has been my dream since I was 15. I want to travel around the world because we only live one life.

“I don’t want to regret anything when I die.

“When I visit new countries it’s so exciting.

“I started out four years ago and I have been from Australia to New Zealand, to Fiji, all over Asia and almost all over Europe now.”

Yuu Horii, known as Zorro, has been performing in Dundee for the past week.

Yuu, originally from Osaka, is spending three weeks in Scotland and said he was heading to Edinburgh next.

By the end of his visit he will have been to Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Yuu said it was his second time visiting the City of Discovery.

“Last winter I just came to Dundee for the day by the train,” he said.

“I just walked around and it’s beautiful.

“The people are very kind, and I saw a lot of buskers.”

He said his favourite part of travelling is “meeting people and eating very delicious food”, and said he would be treating himself to a whisky on his Scottish tour.

The Beatles fanatic then plans to head south of the border to Liverpool, home of the Fab Four.