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I think at the time, a word that was used a lot was “lifestyle.” We were searching, looking for alternative lifestyles. I think in that search was included drugs—LSD for me. LSD and marijuana and mushrooms and all sorts of things like that. But also meditation and yoga and tai chi. It was all part and parcel of the times. Happenings. Going to love-ins in the park. I started playing bamboo flutes at the park in those days, which is something I still do. I go down to 39th and Western to a little park called Martin Luther King Park. I play with conga players. I’ve been doing that since those days. It’s drinking wine and smoking marijuana by the merry-go-round at Griffith Park; and/or up at Berkeley in Spall(?) Square; or in North Beach near the stands where the sailboats used to the races and things like that. It was the period—Haight-Ashbury and flower children and all that.

Date: December 10, 2004
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Art Hansen, Sojin Kim
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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