- From Kyoto, Japan.
- Most people call him “Katsu.”
- One of Japan’s top mandolin players. Has won many awards in Japan for his playing, including Moonshiner magazine’s Mandolin Player of the Year award (1988).
- 1985, formed a group in Japan called Birdland.
- 1988-1989, hosted a bluegrass radio show in Kyoto.
- 1991 and 1996, placed third at the U.S. National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
- 1997, released Man-O-Mandolin album (Grave) and toured with a band including Ronnie McCoury, Rickie Simpkins, Richard Bailey and Gene Libbea.