Associate professor at Osaka University of Arts, Shimura studied shakuhachi under late Chikuho Sakai I and under Shodo Sakai. In 1999 he successfully published the book and CD, "An Organology of Old Pipe Shakuhachi". He has received multiple awards for his creative and innovative studies in the field of cyber shakuhachi and computers.

He is also one of the foremost experts and performers of the "ji-nashi" shakuhachi, and recently founded a small museum of old shakuhachi in Osaka.

 

                                                       photo by Ei'ichiro Iwasa