"No other shakuhachi could hit the low note that you hear on this album [Immortality]. When I heard its deep and soulful sound I called it 'Shakugen'. Obviously 'shaku' comes from shakuhachi and the character 'Gen' means the depth of inward spirit and could be the origin of the universe. Masa really loved the name 'Shakugen' and we've been calling it this ever since." --his friend Dr. Osamu KitajimaMasakazu Yoshizawa was working on his last recording Immortality until 4 days before he died of stomach cancer at 57.