Shakuhachi – Japanese bamboo flute
Welcome to my website. Teaching shakuhachi is my sincere passion and vocation. I teach traditional shakuhachi lessons to people all over the world using video chat. It is my wish to help you on your journey with the shakuhachi. Here on my website you will find a wealth of free information such as my video, “How to play shakuhachi“. I welcome you to contact me for help with any of your questions. I also offer my handcrafted shakuhachi for sale. I teach traditional honkyoku music and all aspects of playing the shakuhachi. I greatly enjoy helping my students to get their first sounds as well as nurturing them as they grow. I focus solely on regional honkyoku music which were mostly composed by anonymous komuso monks across Edo period Japan. These distinct regional honkyoku are not to be confused with the styles created by individuals such as Jin Nyodo and Watazumi. As my student, you will begin your studies with the original honkyoku of the Seien ryu from Fudai-ji (temple).
My free video, “How to play shakuhachi”
I began my journey with shakuhachi at the age of eighteen. In 2006 at the age of twenty I moved to New York City to study shakuhachi music full-time in the Jin Nyodo style. Upon reaching the end of the Jin Nyodo repertoire I decided that I rather learn and teach the original versions of the honkyoku pieces which Jin Nyodo and other masters edited to form their styles. I was able to begin studying these pieces under Justin Senryu in December of 2011 at age twenty-five. I currently study and teach the various regional styles of honkyoku that I learn from Justin Senryu. As for shakuhachi making, I am pioneering the use of Japanese Madake bamboo (Phyllostachys Bambusoides) growing in The US which I personally harvest from established groves.