“Why are shakuhachi expensive?”
Authentic shakuhachi are expensive because they take a great deal of time and effort to make. The time and effort is greatly magnified when making quality jinashi shakuhachi. Harvesting root-end Japanese madake bamboo is very hard work and it’s difficult to come by. Because bamboo is a natural material many flutes do not end up being suitable for sale. Of the shakuhachi that are functional even a smaller amount are of a higher quality. In the case of jiari shakuhachi there are more choices regarding bamboo due to be able to adjust the length using joints and by being able to use a wider range of bore diameters since the bore is filled with plaster paste anyway. However, a lot of work goes into jiari and hopefully fine tuning as well.