20th Century Japan concludes with Yamashita's 1999 Quest concert

It was 1999, the year of Prince's ubiquitous song title which rang more of "Y2K" fear than parties. 
http://youtu.be/IwguHoGR6Jw
E-mail and the internet was becoming necessary, even for university teaching as I was in my sixth year of learning to teach.
I embraced this live performance tour with many drums, cymbals, cow bell, and precious temple blocks that were personal gifts; a mulberry tree mokugyo from a priest I met in Iwaki city, and an oak mokugyo from my friend's father Mr. Suda in Kyoto.

It was a transitional year for me musically because I was fortunate enough to perform and record with Andrew Hill, Julian Priester, Sam Rivers, adding to the many genius artists I loved and admired. 

There is no way to explain the zeal that was the New York Trio led by Yosuke Yamashita. His appetite for international and intellectual adaptation is unmatched. His humor exceeds the limits of the cultural boundaries he knew. His concern for fellow artists and his public is immeasurable. It is clear in this video that I am enjoying my role as accompanists and soloist equally. 

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