In 1979 Shugetsu
Yamaguchi began his study of shakuhachi making under Chikusen
Tamai. After seven years of studying, in 1986 he became an independent
Notably, in 1993 he made a replica of an ancient Shosoin Shakuhachi
which was originally made 1200 years ago, and is now carefully preserved
in the Shosoin Treasure House in Nara under the request of the Osaka
University of Arts.
In 1998 Shugetsu Yamaguchi gave a workshop on shakuhachi making
at the World Shakuhachi Festival in Boulder, CO. Then in 2000 he
had an exhibit at the Five Year Anniversary Special Exhibition at
the Hamamatsu City Musical Instruments Museum.
Yamaguchi is highly valued by many shakuhachi players and scholars
not only in Japan but also around the world, as an excellent shakuhachi
maker who has a special ability to make delicate and complicated
shakuhachi such as the Jinashi classic shakuhachi.
He has recently opened a shakuhachi making and teaching studio
Shingetsu in Nara city.