In 1953, he joined pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi's group, ultimately taking over the ensemble after Akiyoshi moved to the United States.
Watanabe eventually followed suit, attending Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1962-1965.
Other causes include long work hours that don’t leave much time for romancing and the famous Japanese ultra-politness.
A Tokyo-based dating service is trying to make it easier for shy Japanese singles to interact with the opposite sex by organizing masked speed dating effects where participants wear surgical masks to help them be more outgoing.
Surgical masks have been a big part of Japanese culture for many years.
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“Since I wasn’t judged by my appearance, I think I was able to be more outgoing with women,” 28-year-old Yasumasu Kishi told Reuters.
“I think I was able to find out more about their inner selves and not just judge them by their looks,” Chiharu Tsukahara, a 28-year-old office worker, added. I quite liked that.” But singles’ shyness is only part of the problem that has led to the dramatic aging of Japan’s population and a serious decrease in the marriage rate – from 10.1 per thousand in 1975 to 5.1 per thousand in 2014.In 2006, he reunited with saxophonist Charlie Mariano for Sadao & Charlie, followed by 2007's Basie's at Night.Two years later, he joined pianist Gerald Clayton for Into Tomorrow and once again returned to gorgeously rendered Brazilian jazz for both 2011's Come Today and 2013's Outra Vez.Blessed with a warm tone and lithe, swinging sound, Watanabe's recordings have found him traversing such varied styles as straight-ahead jazz, fusion, and crossover pop.Born in 1933 in Utsunomiya, Japan, he grew up in a musical family and initially played clarinet in high school, a choice purportedly inspired by seeing Bing Crosby play the instrument in 1941's Birth of the Blues.The intimate and urbane Naturally appeared in 2015.