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Hakone Hachiya

Among my closest friends figures Sou Yamamoto, a man who runs a historic 400-year-old tea house as its 13th generation owner. He is in love with Hakone, and dedicates himself to preserving and continuing the making of sweet sake as per the old, local traditional methods.


He has a great fondness for the long-gone times when there was no electricity, so he came up with a series of candlelit musical events. The harmonica was a natural fit for his idea, so he gave me a call, and ever since, this dimly-lit tea house has become a very cherished stage for me. I do encourage you to come out and join us for an experience like no other.


My wife Reiko Hirose is an artist, and we have always worked on collaborative projects together. Her art mainly revolves around the cell cycle as a phenomenon of life, but recently she has decided to explore the heart (organ) as an artistic theme, and thus was born our new art+music project: CORDIA (latin for “hearts”). Join us as air flows through the harmonica, and goes on to infuse life into a beating heart.

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