In 2008 our daughter was studying Japanese in Tokyo as part of her degree course. My wife, Kath, and I went out to visit her and when we told Yasushi of our visit and our love of the gardens in Japan he insisted on giving us all a personal guided tour of gardens and temples in Kyoto, including a very peaceful time in Ryoan-ji (first picture) and a fascinating in-depth guided tour around all of the nationally important ACCU Nara complex. He also arranged a special Japanese tea ceremony for us in beautiful secluded gardens.  Forever extremely generous, he did not let us leave without treating us to a wonderful traditional Japanese banquet, with foods of such glorious colours and tastes that even Yasushi did not recognise some of them! For us, Japan equals Yasushi, and his generous and friendly spirit will be sadly missed.