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Little-known aspect of Shakuhachi played by Komusō (Japanese mendicant monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism)

  • Organization : Wabi Sabi entertainment co.,ltd.
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Music, Japanese Traditional Art


This project is an attempt to spread the wonder of traditional art through the new medium of the internet. The Komusō mendicant monks are often seen in old Japanese movies playing their shakuhachi flutes, but their history remains mostly unknown. But due to their connection with Zen buddhism, the Honkyoku (original pieces of shakuhachi music played by mendicant Japanese Zen monks of the “Fuke-Shû sect”) are gaining fame. Kinohachi, who uses the Komusō shakuhachi for his avant-garde activities, will work with modern masters of the Honkyoku Kifu Mitsuhashi and Keisuke Zenyoji. The three will play together, each sharing their own unique worlds, broadcasting it on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Channel of Nico Nico Douga’s live streaming site. Nico Nico Douga’s live streaming allows viewers to display their own comments on the stream, making bi-directional real-time communication with the performers a possibility. This program is expected to attract anywhere from five thousand to over ten thousand viewers, mostly in their 20s. We hope to cause a chemical reaction in the world of traditional arts.


Shakuhachi player. Board member of Wabi Sabi entertainment co., ltd. He was raised in a family of traditional performers, and in his twenties studied under Kifuu Mitsuhashi to learn the Fuke Shakuhachi and Honkyoku. He is also a member of the rock band Musashi, and since 2003, his fusions of traditional and modern music have appeared in anime, plays, and television show backgrounds. Right now, he is aggressively working in the former Soviet Union Republics. In addition to his own artistic endeavors, he communicates with a variety of industries and produces many different things.


Takehito Maeda
Production Manager
Wabi Sabi entertainment co.,ltd.
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