Born in Tochigi Prefecture in 1933. Moved to Tokyo after graduating high-school. In 1962, moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music after participating in many band sessions as a alto saxophone player. Representing as a top Japanese musician, also know as a talented photographer, publishes six picture books. As an Executive Producer of the Japanese Government Exhibition Project for the 2005 in Japan, advocates the message “World Peace” through music.
Performing in “International Jazz Day 2016” at the White House, hosted by the couple of U.S. president Obama.
The life-long active player who performs energetically not only in Japan but also overseas, gives courage and impression to people of all generations.