It's with great sadness that I'm writing you this letter to let you know that Yoshio passed away of cancer on July 25.
At the beginning of July Yoshio was diagnosed with cancer and due to the severity of his disease he passed away so quickly.
He was looking forward to going to Amsterdam very much this month. It is so unfortunate that He is not able to attend.
We played the music of Leonard Cohen at his funeral.
He was so glad to meet all of you and I know he would have liked to say goodbye.
It would be much appreciated if you could tell anyone Yoshio knew about his passing and to express our gratitude to them. Thank you so much for everything and farewell.
Yoshio and Keiko in New York (at the 2004 Event)
Yoshio and Keiko participated in most of our Events since Hydra 2002, and joined us also for some of the Hydra meetups. They were our most active Japanese members. Always friendly and smiling, and true lovers of Leonard's music. Our deepest sympathies go out to you Yoshio and your family.
Rest in Peace, Yoshio.
Eija & Jarkko