I met Issei Yoshino at York in (I think) 1996. He was a friendly and modest young man who looked to have a bright future. Sadly, he passed away in 1996 at the age of 32. He was one of the founders of Origami Tanteidan (now Japan Origami Academic Society) and a talented and prolific creator who led the community of young origami enthusiasts at that time. Following his death, the Yoshino Issei Fund was established and started to invite young or renowned foreign origami artists every year. The invitees have been stimulating young creators as Yoshino did in his lifetime.