Kurahashi started studying the shakuhachi as a child, with his father,
the first director of Muju-An shakuhachi school in Kyoto. Later
he studied with Homei Matsumura, the renowned Kinko-style shakuhachi
player in Nara, Japan. He gave his first recital in 1976 for which
he received the Osaka Cultural Award.
In 1980 he became the second director of the Muju-An school. He
has toured extensively since 1981 ,giving performances in the US,
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Israel. Yoshio is director
of the Kyoto Hogaku group and the Kyoto Sankyoku Association.
Beginning in 1995 he has been teaching intensive annual classes
in shakuhachi in Boston, New York, Boulder, San Francisco, Dallas,