Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Dear All,

In the end of June, I was diagnosed with throat cancer. 
After much thought and consideration, 
I have decided to take time off of work 
in order to concentrate on treating it. 
I deeply regret causing so many people 
considerable inconvenience. 
However, the first wealth is health, 
and hence this bitter decision.

I will not able to attend the fast approaching 
First Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, 
a project that I have spent the past 
two painstaking years in preparation for. 
I would like to express my sincerest apologies 
to Fumio Ueda, the Mayor of Sapporo, 
the citizens of the city, 
the managerial staff, contributing artists, 
and everyone who has helped realized this project. 
Although I will be absent, 
all of the programs will be of highest quality 
-- this I promise. 
I would like nothing more than for everyone 
to enjoy the festival in my place.

Furthermore, I had planned a performance 
on July 30th commemorating 
Park Hyatt Tokyo's 20th anniversary. 
I was looking forward to attending the anniversary 
along with all of the guests, 
and to present new material written for this occasion. 
Therefore, it deeply upsets me 
to have to cancel this concert 
during a time of celebration. 
I would like express my deepest apologies 
to those involved in putting this together, 
and to those who planned to attend the concert.

Lastly, I would like to apologize for all of the burden 
I will undoubtedly be casting upon everyone 
who has been working with me on various other projects.

Please bare with me while I regain my health. 
I promise to return after a full recovery. 
Thank you very much.

July 10th, 2014

Friday, July 04, 2014

"I'm changing my life again in a number of ways. 
This is me waving goodbye. 
Having the time of my life. 
Not really sure of anything."
"Over The Border" 
(to be released on "Getaway From The Everyday")