Profile About Shakuhachi About Japanese Minyo Introduction of CD
Tameshichiro Miura the 1st,master of Esashi Oiwake Michiya Mihashi,loved pupil of Tameshichiro Miura the 1st Tameshichiro Miura the 2nd,the head family of the Miura school of Esashi Oiwake Toyotaro Koji-First master of Shakuhachi of Esashi Oiwake
About Shakuhachi
Shakuhachi is very attractive because the structure itself is very simple.
Shakuhachi is made from natural pieces of bamboo. After taking out joints, five holes will be made on the bamboo. On the top, utakuchi, mouth piece is made. To play shakuhachi, the player has to move the lips to make a sound which makes it quite difficult for beginners. It usually takes several years to master the basic sounds. The shakuhachi was brought to Japan by way of Korea and China in the seventh and eighth centuries. The oldest record is found in Nihonshoki (720), Japanfs oldest history book. Shakuhachi was originally used as court music. But after the Nara period (8th century), the shakuhachi was excluded from court music and became popular among ordinary citizens. At that time, the type of shakuhachi used was called Hitoyogiri, which has only one joint. In the latter part of Edo period (19th century), the komuso shakuhachi appeared in Japan. Komuso was the name of a Buddhist sect called Fuke. And the shakuhachi played very important role on that religion.
Later such major shakuhachi schools as the Kinko and Tozan School were established. Presently there are several schools in Japan. Today the shakuhachi can be found in much music from traditional Japanese minyo to healing and relaxation to modern jazz.

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