Welcome to my website. I teach people from around the world how to play the shakuhachi and its beautiful traditional music. I offer shakuhachi lessons to students worldwide using Skype video chat. I invite you to try a complimentary lesson with me. Contact me and I will be happy to arrange it.
I specialize in regional styles of honkyoku music which were mostly composed by the komuso monks during the Edo period. I also teach the post Edo period styles such as those created by Watazumi, Jin Nyodo, and Higuchi Taizan (Myoan). It is my humble task and joy to keep this music alive by passing it on to my students. In this way I continue the centuries old tradition of the shakuhachi. I invite you to learn these precious forms of shakuhachi music. As my student, you will begin with the Fudaiji honkyoku of the Seien ryu.
My book Your Shakuhachi Journey has helped a great number of people with learning this instrument. You will find many free instructional materials here such as my videos and guides. I hope you enjoy my site and find it informative. You can view my most recent youtube video below…
I started playing the shakuhachi in my teens. At age twenty I was fortunate enough to be able to move to New York City to study it full-time. After years of intense study in the Jin Nyodo style I decided to learn and teach older honkyoku styles. I was able to begin studying these older styles with Justin Senryu Williams. I now teach them to my students worldwide over Skype.
I pioneered the use of Japanese Madake bamboo growing in The US which I personally harvested from established groves. I am the first person to copy a natural bamboo jinashi shakuhachi for the making of replicas. All of these experiences have rooted in me a great respect and love for bamboo and the shakuhachi. It is my humble task and great joy to help keep this wonderful art form alive.