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I have been a member of this forum for long time.
But this is the first post of mine.
I'm very sorry I have to inform you this very sad news.
Yokoyama Katsuya sensei passed away at 14:40pm 21st April (Japanese time).
There were some cancers in his body.
Original one was "carcinoma of the colon and rectum".
The funeral will be done on 26th. (Tsuya ceremony will be on 25th)
I don't have enough informations about the cremonies so far.
I regretfully am informing the forum that Yokoyama Katsuya sensei has passed away. He had been struggling for awhile but had definitely been strong until the end, when the cancer had finally taken over. He passed away at 2:40pm, April 21st. Words cannot express the imprint that he has left on our shakuhachi world.
Thank you for telling us Kakizakai-sensei. We will always remember Yokoyama-sensei for his endless kindness in teaching and his outstanding musical genius. I am sad not to be able to see him again, but rejoice in all that he has given us.
I am sorry to hear this too. He was a great man.
Very sad news indeed. Thanks for posting, Kakizakai Sensei and Josh. Yokoyama Sensei was a great musician and an inspiration to all of us. Those who were able to hear him play (or study with him) will never forget his huge sound and unique style. Luckily he left many recordings and videos for future generations of shakuhachi players and listeners to enjoy. There are few who have done as much to popularize the shakuhachi and bring it into the modern world.
He will always be remebered.
I am really sorry to hear this.
Sad news indeed..
Thank you Kakizakai sensei for your effort to inform this sad news to us all. I also appreciate the email you sent out.
This is indeed very sad news.
Yokoyama will be remembered as one of the greatest for sure... and I think all of us shakuhachi players will have him in the heart always.
Yokoyama has always been one of my favorites. It is a great loss to the shakuhachi world without question.
Kakizakai Sensei, thank you for informing us of Yokoyama Sensei's passing. The profound impact he has had on many of our lives and the world of shakuhachi and music is indescribable. His spirit will be felt even more deeply and he will help many more people in the next world. I will play shakuhachi now with even more feeling and mindfulness. Thank you Yokoyama Sensei for all you've given us!
I am sad to hear this. My heart goes out to all those he has touched.
Very sad indeed. Yokoyama sensei is the reason I play shakuhachi today. His (shakuhachi) voice was the first I had ever heard (on a recording of the Toru Takamitsu piece "November Steps") and it left an enormous impression on me (this was in 1969 or 1970).
Yes, this is sad news indeed.
I received an email from Kurahashi Yodo Sensei today, which included the following:
"I am sorry I must give you very sad news.
Mr. Katsuya Yokoyama passed away at 2:55pm on Wednesday, 21st of April because of the large intestine cancer.
The funeral will be held at Hosen-ji Temple, 2-33-3 Chuo, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, from 10:30am of Monday, April 26th."
Yokoyama-Sensei was a great teacher and a dear friend of mine for over 30 years.
I will play TAMUKE for the safe passage of his soul to its next incarnation.
I believe that the amount of good that he did for the present and future state of the Shakuhachi is immeasurable.
I am very sad to receive the news. Yokoyama Sensei inspired me with his sound to start playing shakuhachi and will inspire me forever. Though I never met him in person I met quite a few of his disciples. I will always treasure his music in my heart. Thank you Yokoyama Sensei for all you´ve done for the shakuhachi world!!!!
Kakizakai Sensei, receive my deepest feelings. Thank you!
One of the Greatest Influences left the Realm of Bamboo to enter on the Realm of Silence.
On the Earth many shakuhachi sounds will be produced and Yokoyama sensei will have a
breath on them...
This is quite a sad day for many people. Yokoyama sensei was such a unique personality, open and with so much energy. It was also because of his playing that I too got into shakuhachi. I will remember him for all the truly good things he did for the world of shakuhachi and be forever be grateful to him.
Yes, very sad news indeed. Yokoyama Katsuya was a great teacher and player; his playing was inspirational and his enthusiasm for the shakuhachi was catching; his was a key influence in many of us developing a passion for the instrument and its music.
Very well put, Daniel. As sad as it is to have him gone his passion and enthusiasm are indelible. We also owe him much for the influence of his "ryuha nashi" inclusive universalism. His playing embodied an enormous spirit, a deep emotionalism and fantastic musicianship. Due to a large extent to his efforts and with his career as a model the shakuhachi now enjoys a permanent place on the world stage. I'll be forever grateful for his guidance and truly inspirational life.