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 and I invite you to try a complimentary lesson with me. Contact me and I will be happy to arrange it.
I specialize in the unique regional styles of solo honkyoku shakuhachi music which were mostly composed by the komuso monks during the Edo period. I also teach post Edo period styles which were created by such masters as Watazumi, Jin Nyodo, and Higuchi Taizan (Myoan/Meian). It is my humble task and a great joy to keep this music alive by passing it on to my students thus continuing 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 also helped a great number of people with learning how to play 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 nineteen 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 the 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 also pioneered the use of Japanese Madake bamboo growing in The US which I personally harvested from established groves. In addition, I’m the first person to copy a natural bamboo jinashi shakuhachi for the making of replicas with the goal of making shakuhachi a more inclusive practice. All of these experiences have rooted in me a great respect and love for bamboo and the shakuhachi.