I met Howard in the middle of the Velvet Revolution in Prague in November 1989.
In that hyper-charged atmosphere you needed to sort out very quickly who your friends were and who you could trust. Howard was observant, responsive, and great fun to be with in the midst of a situation where everyone's life was on the line.
Toichi raced me around Tokyo in his yellow VW beetle. We parked on footpaths or half way up hoardings as we explored Tadeo Ando emerging out of scaffolding and other architectural gems. Time has dimmed the memory of the buildings, but Toichi's passionate love of life is unforgetable.