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Kaizan Team

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About the Team

Our team comes from a multicultural background, bilingual in English and Japanese, and have been traveling around the globe filming together for the last 3 years. Along the way we have interviewed shakuhachi masters, John’s teachers, his fellow musicians in Japan, USA, India and the Czech Republic, music magazine editors, radio DJs, John’s family members, his fans and many more to provide a complete image of John as a person.

Through experiences along the way we have been inspired to look at our own upbringing and how we relate to our families. Being part of this personal, up-close journey has allowed us to deepen our understanding of what it means to be an artist and the commitment it takes to overcome challenges and actualize artistic vision. Through this film we hope to inspire audiences around the globe and help them gain insight into their own family relationships and artistic expression. To sum it up in John’s words, we want people to know that “If you do it, it’s possible.”

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DAVID NEPTUNE

Director, Writer, Producer

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CHIAKI YANAGIMOTO

Producer

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    MIKE McNAMARA

    Producer