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Yes, a glass shakuhachi, that is what we need!
It is not a good instrument to have if you are clumsy!
Here's a pic of the glass shakuhachi that Chikuho Ryu Hawaii used to sell every Christmas time at the Hawaii Handcrafters Guild's Craft Fair. We beat the folks in the video clip by over two decades, in spite of their claims of making 'the first'. Ours played quite well, perhaps because they were ji-nashi.... :-)
Our glass flutes were very popular, so there are probably still quite a few around, even after nearly 25 years of potential breakages. The proceeds of our once a year glass shakuhachi sales funded the Society's sake needs for the entire following year.
Last edited by Riley Lee (2007-11-29 07:59:23)
And an article that goes with BBC's report on Japan's 'first' glass shakuhachi is here:
Then, at least I udnerstood why 'glass koto' was written on the wall behind the players. I somehow didn't notice that the gu-zheng was glass as well.
Riley, was it just as difficult for you guys to make the Hawaii glass shakuhachi as it is expressed to be in this article?
Last edited by Kiku Day (2007-11-30 04:58:40)
The one that Riley mentions was my first shakuhachi, back around 1983 or 84 in Hilo Hawaii. I was a beginner so I don't know if I can really judge very well how good it was, but to me it worked just fine, and it survived college life (lot of time in a backpack) with no problems. Best of all it was pretty cheap - I was a poor student at the time. I finally gave it to Riley for another student, when I got a new bamboo one. I hope it still lives on somewhere.