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EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO TONIGHT.

It was my last night in Japan before flying back to the U.S. the following morning and I still had some shopping to do or I would not have any gifts for friends and family from my trip. My hotel was directly across the street from several large department stores and a huge train station and when I came out of one of the department stores (empty handed and uninspired) I heard what I thought was probably a 3-piece street band playing just inside the train station. Unable to see the musicians due to the huge, appreciative crowd that had gathered I worked my my towards a good vantage point and was blown away when I saw the "band" was only one very talented kid not more than about 20 years old. He was playing trumpet with his right hand, keyboard with his left and had a drum line programmed in....those three elements made me think there were 3 players when I first heard the music. This guy is extremely talented and between songs at least two well-dressed middle-aged Japanese gentlemen presented their business cards to him.....were they talent scouts?

The lighting conditions were horrendous. I dialed the ISO up to 3200, opened up the aperture as wide as it would go and hoped for the best. This could be one of those times when the noise works. I like how it turned out.

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