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.