started playing the bamboo flute when he was 28 years old.
He was taught by a "komuso" named Kyochiku Tani. Later, Koku
Nishimura became a master flutist and founded the Tani-sect
of flute players. He named the special type of bamboo flute
used by himself and his pupils, "kyotaku." Koku Nishimura
became a komuso and for ten years he walked around Japan and
played kyotaku. He tought students from all over the world,
and he has made over 2,000 kyotaku flutes. In addition to
being a flute master, he was an accomplished woodcarver and
painter. He had a black belt with six dan in Okinawa karate
and a black belt with three dan in Kendo. In addition, he
was the Honorary Director of the Ruo-yan Buddism Association
Nishimura Sensei lived in Kumamoto , Japan until his death in
His son Koryu Nishimura
succeeded him as Sensei for Kyotaku.
He lives in Kumamoto
Nishimura and his teacher Tani-sensei belonged
to the first fluteplayers in Japan, who revived the old Kyotaku-tradition,
both in playing and in making.