Yoshikazu Iwamoto is another artist I discovered, when I was researching traditional Japanese music. I like his music because he plays the shakuhachi in a very beautiful way.
He has gained popularity and fame from his concert performances and performances on TV and radio and he is so popular that he has performed internationally on many occasions. He has been an artist-in-residence at the UK Dartington College of Arts since 1982 and his musical talent is such that BBC Radio 3 featured him in a series of 4 programs on the shakuhachi.
This is his composition, Tori:
If you'd like to listen to more samples of his music, here are the links to his mp3 albums on Amazon: Japon: shakuhachi, l'esprit du silence, L'esprit du crépuscule (flûte shakuhachi), L'esprit du vent (flûte shakuhachi) and Traditional Japanese Music.