Jin Nyodo – shakuhachi master
Jin Nyodo (May 10, 1892 – 1965) was born in Aomori prefecture, Tsugaru (Northern Japan) where he studied the unique regional style, the Kimpu ryu (Nezasa ha). He later moved to Tokyo where he studied Kinko ryu. He eventually developed his own unique playing style which is generally slower, having very long tones. He also composed two new honkyoku. Jin Nyodo is perhaps best known for his adaptations of Higuchi Taizan‘s versions of the Seien ryu honkyoku.
Jin Nyodo was most enamored with the piece Ajikan which was composed by one of his peers, Miyazawa Nyozan. Here is a published report of how Jin Nyodo learned the piece Ajikan from its composer, Miyagawa Nyozan.
“Jin Nyodo went to Miyagawa Nyozan’s dojo in order to learn Ajikan but got turned away at the front gate. When asked about the incident Miyagawa Nyozan said, “Well, he [Jin Nyodo] did come here. Jin told me that before he came to see me he had been playing Ajikan all over Japan. However, he was playing it on a long flute, same as Tani [Kyochiku] (Nyozan expelled Tani Kyochiku). I do not know whether he learned it from Tani or not but either way, I do not see why he should come all the way out here to learn it from me. If I meet and talk to him, I will not be able to avoid playing it for him. But if I play it for him he is just going to play it Jin-style on a long flute, right? And then what am I going to do if he goes around saying ‘This is Ajikan’?”. Jin Nyodo took to loitering around Nyozan’s house, waiting for someone inside to practice “Ajikan” so that he could listen-in. He was a man possessed by “Ajikan”.”