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Do you own any of these?
No, I wish I did, of course.
This photo is a page from an out-of-print book dedicated the woodcuts, wood sculpture and flutes made by Nishimura Koku.
You can see all of the shakuhachi related images from that book on http://www.flickr.com/photos/shakuhachi/ the account name is "aaponivi"
This is a 2.6 Kyotaku I own. I would be up for trading or selling it if anyone is looking for one.
When you say this is a Kyotaku, does that mean it was made by Nishimura Koku?
No it is unsigned, but said to be made by Kyorei Sogawa. I used to have one of Nishimura's flutes though! It was nice.
I don't see the reference to Kyotaku in that blog. Can you cut and paste that part and post it?
If you use the search function here I believe there has been a lot of discussion already on the BBQ comparing kyotaku, hocchiku, Taimu and other jinashi.
This one is more introverted than a Taimu and quieter, but the tone is beautiful.
If I were in the market I'd snatch that one from you, Brian.
An excerpt from the book about Kyotaku playing rice farmer Kogan Murata on the blog
http://adifferentkindofluxury.blogspot. … lgrim.html
MurataBlowingBlog by aaponivi, on Flickr
Kogan_Murata-by-Hideo_Ito by aaponivi, on Flickr
Last edited by Moran from Planet X (2014-01-08 03:09:49)
Yes, I wasn't clear when I posted the link to the book's blog there's a chapter in the book about Kogan Murata and some about his studies with Koku Nishimura. The site is more supporting material for the book.
Thanks for the search suggestion. I'll revisit some of that. I guess I'm curious for first-hand experience, at some point.
Looking at the picture of the shakuhachi by Kinya Sogawa, I can tell it's not a Kyotaku in its strict meanig defined by Kokuu sensei, but it's a long shakuhachi (Ji-nashi, maybe). Presently Kyotaku can be obtained from Agar sensei, a disciple of Kokuu sensei.
I can tell it, Bruno, from the finger holes. Kyotaku strictly follows the old traditional shakuhachi making where two holes each are positioned against the third node from the top. You could check this by looking at any picture of Kyotaku. I don't know whether that's so important or not in practice. Present shakuhachi makers just ignore the old rule. They know the rule, but I guess they have to ignore because madake(bamboo) materials are getting so scarcely available, unfortunately.
I have a Kyotaku by Agar that doesn't have traditional node placement, nor even a root end.
Thanks, Tairaku sensei. Sorry, but I have no idea. I feel the root end is not so important. But the positioning of the finger holes is the matter of concern for Kyotaku: two holes each should be splitted by the third node from the top. I would presume in your case Agar sensei had to make a hard choice due to the lack of the best suitable material for Kyotaku. Material shortage is getting serious, particularly for making Kyotaku as long as the traditional rule is observed.