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Goro Yamaguchi 
Goro Yamaguchi 
Jan. 3, 1999 Heart Attack
Age 65
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Goro Yamaguchi 

          TOKYO (AP) -- Goro Yamaguchi, a master of shakuhachi, or bamboo flute, who is credited with 
          introducing traditional Japanese music to the world, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 65.  

          Designated a ``living national treasure'' in Japan for his exceptional musical talents, Yamaguchi was 
          also known in the United States. In 1977, a recording of Yamaguchi's playing was included in a 
          selection of music sent into outer space on NASA's Voyager 2 probe.  

          Until his death, he taught music at Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku, a respected school of the arts.  

          Yamaguchi began learning shakuhachi at age 11 from his father. Shakuhachi playing has been closely 
          linked to the practice of Zen Buddhism throughout its history in Japan.  
 

 
 
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Goro Yamaguchi is a Living National Treasure of Japan (the highest honor that can be given to a Japanese artist or craftsperson).
 
 
  
 
 

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