Yassan (Yasushi Takahashi) was born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan and graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts
and Music .
He has done residencies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and AIT in Tokyo as well as visiting lectureships at the London Metropolitan University and Tokyo University of Fine Arts
A native of Mie Prefecture, Kondo studied painting at Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (now Tokyo University of Fine Arts
and Music) and started teaching at a junior high school in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.
It was at Reibaiin that a fellow boarder, sculptor Ryumon Yasuda, then a graduate of the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko, one of predecessors to the Tokyo University of Fine Arts
and Music, made a drawing of Zhou in his sketchbook.
Others wiggle past baseball diamonds, statues, the zoo and such cultural institutions as Tokyo National Museum of Art, the Festival Hall and Tokyo University of Fine Arts