Honkyoku (本曲) “Original pieces” are the pieces of shakuhachi or hotchiku music played by wandering Japanese Zen monks called Komuso. Komuso played honkyoku for enlightenment and alms as early as the 13th century. There are many ryu, or schools, of… Continue reading



Hotchiku (法竹) bamboo of dharma is a Japanese end-blown aerophone, crafted from root sections of bamboo. The membranes at the nodes inside a hotchiku bore are not completely sand. Visibly and audibly raw and organic instruments, hotchiku are also called… Continue reading