Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SHAKUHACHI WATCH DEC. 16 2008: Hard Times and New Deals

Mujitsu Shakuhachi had a great sale going with 20% off for a couple of weeks. If you are looking for a fine handmade shakuhachi worthy of Watazumi, Okuda, Kiku Day, Chikuzen Gould, Tairaku Ritchie or, even Joe the Plummer -- give Ken a buzz. He may have even extended his sale. Throw in a fifth of Bombay Sapphire and you never know what may happen! http://www.mujitsu.com/instock.html

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Shakuhachi Forum Practices No-Zen

"One shakuhachi, aged and roasted if you please, but hold the

The ji-gnashing, hair-pulling and egghead-butting on the "HBIUHG*IBUT&TUYBIUB*YUGYTFFV*^&^F VF TFVUHGVHGHGHVFIYUT IGY forums" (aka the ZEN forums) at Shakuhachi Forum appear to be over and out, at least for the foreseeable future.

"Zen and Buddhism in Shakuhachi" and "Random Zen, Religion and Philosophy" have been locked down and any thread or topic in miscellaneous forums that starts pontificating, I mean, discussing the dreaded "Z" word are getting locked down as well.

Forum chiefs have even gone to the funny and frankly brilliant length of having the word-salad "HBIUHG*IBUT&TUYBIUB*YUGYTFFV*^&^F VF TFVUHGVHGHGHVFIYUT IGY" auto-substituted for the word "zen" throughout all of the forum posts.

Too much friction between upstart free-thinkers, no-thinkers, know-it-all thinkers, ad nauseum posters and at least one intractable topic moderator seems to be the cause.

Shakuhachi Forum Chief Brian Tairaku Ritchie boils it down to this: "The problem is that instead of practicing honkyoku (sacred shakuhachi music) and absorbing the ("Z" word) that way, they feel the need to talk and argue about it."

Of course the collateral damage falls to the many forum members who are quite harmlessly spiritually seeking with their flutes and get caught up in the cross-fire. (Rats, I'm mixing too many metaphors here, but you get the hologram, don't you?)

Rabid territorialism and triumphalist sectarianism are no strangers to Buddhism in general, especially on the Internet. Old Usenet Buddhist forums, Tricycle Magazine's failed "discussion" forum, among others, have all succumbed to petty sectarian bickering, flagrant name-calling and, yes, even threats of physical violence. Buddhists acting badly. "I guess that's why we need the practice," says one Buddhist forum survivor

Even the Internet forum known as E-sanga
has closed down it's Soto Zen forum.

In the meantime, Shakuhachi Forum presses on. Back to sharing information about the rich heritage, repertoire and forms of one of the most beautiful and complex musical instruments in the history of humankind.

... Kind of dull, ain't it?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New Push-Button All-Ryu Shakuhachi!

"The Shakuhachi Hero of the Shakuhachi World"
shown here with the Deluxe Push-Button Shika-no-Tone
and optional B-52 Ro toggle switch.
(Pictured with Tozan-ryu button selected):
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Also available with the following exciting options:

The Sub-Ryu Magic Mixer Mojo Pedal!

For Jin Nyodo you'd press down Myoan, Real Myoan and Kinko simultaneously.

For Brian Ritchie's Tairaku-ryu, you'd press down the same plus Watazumi, then add some Aoki Reibo II Chorus-Fuzz Fusion with the pedal. (Either that or you do something simple like reinvent shakuhachi music in the West.)

... And we are in the course of developing a new Minyo Bobble-Head option to aid in delivering those pesky long vertical yuri effects that Yoshizawa Masakazu-sensei was so fond of teaching.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel's SHAKUHACHI-A MANUAL FOR LEARNING new edition available!


THE SHAKUHACHI--A MANUAL FOR LEARNING by Christopher Yohmei Blasdel was originally published twenty years ago by Ongaku no Tomo-sha, Japan's leading music publisher. It went through six printings and can still be found in many libraries, both public and private, around the world.

This new version, published by Printed Matter Press, Tokyo, has been greatly updated, revised and made more affordable for shakuhachi enthusiasts. The new additions include the practice exercises re-written in easy-to-read computer generated fonts, a section on modulation in shakuhachi music, and a new chapter entitled, "Walking on its Own," a comprehensive and up to date treatment of contemporary shakuhachi history.

There are also many new photographs and diagrams as well as listings of published music and places to purchase or have shakuhachi repaired.

This is the most comprehensive guide to learning the shakuhachi (Kinko style) and history of the instrument in the English language. It was co-authored with KAMISANGO Yuukou A practice CD of the included excercises, performed by Christopher Yohmei, is included in the book. This book can be ordered through the following places:

This site. Please contact via e-mail.
Overseas price: $50 (Includes shipping. Payment by check)

Domestic price: \3800 (plus shipping in Japan).


Monty Levenson, P.O. Box 294, Willits, CA. 95490. Tel: 707-459-3402, Fax: 707-459-3434, E-mail: monty@shakuhachi.com or his web site: www.shakuhachi.com
Price: $50 (Includes shipping)


Mejiro Co. Ltd. 3-17-30 Shimo Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku, 161-0033, Tokyo, Japan. Tel: 81+3-3950-0051
Mail: access(at)mejiro-jp.com
url: http://www.mejiro-japan.com/

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mujitsu Shakuhachi T-shirt, make mine XL

The bitchenest T-shirt in all Shakuhachidom is now available (in Large and Extra-Large sizes) in slimming basic black.

From Mujitsu Shakuhachi

That's http://www.mujitsu.com

And pick up an accessorizing 2.9 Taimu while your at it.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

"Welcome to the Shakuhachi World!" web site features classic shakuhachi 78's

For anyone who has never been to this magnificent web site for historic recordings of shakuhachi recordings of the 1930s through the 1950s from Tozan, Kinko, Myoan and Ueda schools:


Says the site owner, who I only know by his ID on Shakuhachi Forum as 'eiryuu': "I established this site to offer the shakuhachi music. I digitized from 78rpm records (few from reproduction LP).Please enjoy achievements of ancient people."

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Watazumi of the Irish Low Whistle

It all comes back around:

"Hatao playing Overtone bass G whistle" (Overton whistle)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Shakuhachi Watch: Perry Yung rebirthing antique Myoan shakuhachi

Remember that popular psychology movement of the 1970s called Rebirthing? Finally we found a good use for it and Perry Yung is the Official Rebirther of Lost Shakuhachi. In a moment of zen clarity he decided to take these great old Myoan and other shakuhachi and stamp them with the sacred Zen symbol of renewal and rebirth: the Mystical Three Arrow Recycling Hanko. Thus illustrating to us how the Dharmakaya, the Sambogakaya and Nirmanakiya effortlessly display their cosmic alchemical cycle of profound historicity, golden nourishment and divine interactivity! :) Look at some of these new/ancient instruments which he calls Tensei Shakuhachi here:

Myoan 1.9

Plus lots of other good looking and sounding shakuhachi at http://stores.ebay.com/Zen-Shakuhachi-Bamboo-Flutes

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Shakuhachi Watch: Yoshizawa Masakazu flutes

Bruce Jones of the Shakuhachi Mailing List has the responsibilty of selling the remainder of the flutes that belonged to the late Yoshizawa Masakazu.

See these flutes at: http://shikan.org/Shakuhachi4Sale/Yoshizawa/