Shakuhachi 尺八

The Shakuhachi

Kubota-san playing and she was really able to make sounds in this instrument!
Way to go Kubota-san!! ♪♫Let me tell you it’s really tricky. I had a little problem with getting enough air out and became very dizzy after only a little blowing
(I wouldn’t call my version of “Mary had a little lamb” for playing shakuhachi ha ha ha)

Daisuke holds this workshops once a month and for more information about them you can go to his homepage:
http://www.daisukekaminaga.com/home/

The evening started with a presentation about the instruments, the koto and the  shakuhachi. The history, but also a well done overview of the taxonomy of instruments and similar traditional instruments around the world!

Then we got to try ourselves to blow and to play “Mary had a little lamb”

After this the wonderful trio hanafugetsu performed in different constellations and music genres.
This is something I highly recommend as an activity if you are here visiting Tokyo, or if you live here but never got your hands on a Shakuhachi, let alone an instructor!

The trio hanafugetsu

Now something totally different…
The trio hanafugetsu

http://hanafugetsu.com/ 

Because of my interest in a Japanese Rock band “HeavensDust” I am following a few of their members on twitter. And this is how it goes…
HeavensDust is an amazing band in that they incorporate traditional instruments in their otherwise very contemporary music.
http://www.heavensdust.net/
Taiko drums (Ajo) and the Shakuhachi (Daisuke)

Two of the members in HeavensDust play in the trio called hanafugetsu but here in the trio
衣袋聖志  Kiyoshi Ibukuro (who plays Bass in HeavensDust) plays the 箏 Koto

Koto is a traditional Japanese string instrument and you can read more about it here
or google it …
http://www.kotonokoto.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koto_(musical_instrument)
and of course watch the video in this blog

and Daisuke plays the Shakuhachi in both groups.
Here is a resourceful site about the shakuhachi
http://komuso.com/top/index.pl

Isn’t this just DIVINE Music??

I am soooo grateful to all things that I get to experience here in Japan, and to the people who go with me and help me.
This time special gratitude goes to Kubota Nao who works at Sakura House here in Tokyo. She is very customer service oriented person, and does an excellent job at Sakura House. If you ever come to Tokyo and need a place to stay, she and the Sakura House staff is highly recommended by me!

Kubota-san and I are now friends, and she was kind to come along and help translating the Shakuhachi presentation held by Daisuke Kaminaga, as well as having fun trying to make sounds in this very difficult instrument. It was an awesome evening indeed!