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MIXED MATCHES - Language no problem for gallery pair
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Hitoshi Ohashi, 48, and Robert Tobin, 63, have been in a relationship for 20 years. When they first met at a bar in the Shinjuku district in Tokyo, Ohashi, a makeup artist, barely spoke English, and Tobin, an American professor in the business department at Keio University, didn't know much Japanese. But they say language wasn't a problem.

Now they live together in Meguro Ward with a 2-year-old miniature Schnauzer named Momo (Peach) and run an art gallery introducing contemporary Asian artists.
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'Silent Auction' lends ear to plea of needy
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
There are many ways to enjoy art: Visit an art museum, join a pottery club or simply walk around a town and take a look at the different architecture.
Robert Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi, owners of the gallery Asian Collection, believe it is essential to have their gallery be approachable and comfortable for visitors in order that they enjoy art. It's the reason Tobin and Ohashi held their "Silent Auction."
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Aug. 23, 2008
LIFE IN JAPAN - Communicating through the unsaid
By ANGELA JEFFS
Sculptor Gakushi Yamamoto arrives looking as if he tumbled out of bed — or rather rolled off his futon and into the nearest shirt and pair of jeans that came to hand. And that may be so, considering he has had to travel two hours to meet up in Moto-Azabu for 10 a.m. We choose to sit on square upholstered hassocks rather than on the carpeted floor of Asian Collection Contemporary Art Gallery. Which is rather odd considering there are also 10 chairs available. The problem is, they are exceptionally hard to use, being a) made of iron and b) created in miniature.
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April 14, 2006
Faces & Places Q&A
Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi - The Tobin Ohashi Group
Partners Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi are in the business of enriching all areas of people’s lives through their executive coaching and consulting firm, Tobin Ohashi Group, and art gallery, The Asian Collection. Fukuoka-born Ohashi, 43, moved to Tokyo at 21. “I thought it was like New York,” he says. “That anyone could achieve anything.” Tobin, 58 and a Boston native, came to Japan in 1989 to teach in an MBA program. He had planned to stay two months. “We both wanted something different, something bigger,” says Tobin. So they joined forces.

Oct. 29, 2005
New Asian Collection gallery is dream come true
By ANGELA JEFFS
Robert Tobin makes charismatic progress around the back side of Ebisu Station in central Tokyo. Bob is in a spin, but it's the right kind of spin. Having been up early for a 7 a.m. appointment with a client who he is coaching in organizational change, Bob has an hour to spare before he heads off to Keio University, where he teaches in the faculty of business and commerce. There is also the gallery, with 101 things still to do.
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