Shakuhachi Concert

Many have fallen in love with the Shakuhachi flute. At first glance. It’s just an instrument for playing beautiful music. Yet, hidden in its simplicity is profound possibility. The windy and resonant sound of the Shakuhachi brings deep serenity to sympathetic ears. For the devoted player it is also a spiritual tool for training the mind and breath. For this, Buddhist music plays a vital role.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the mysterious sound of Shakuhachi performed by masters and accompanied by Koto.

Date & Time: December 16th, 2017 (Saturday) at 6:00pm

Location: Church of the Crossroads

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Teaching Students at all Levels

Absolute Beginners

Beginner students will follow a specifically engineered program of instruction that will cover all of the basic tools and techniques of shakuhachi playing: posture, sound production, pitch, second and third octaves, care of the flute, notation systems, honkyoku (‘original pieces’) and many other aspects.

Beginner students will have their own timetable. Evenings will be spent doing activities other than teaching sessions, such as musical games.


All students will be taught by all teachers, each of whom will take different topics. The teachers will spend a great deal of time with you, making sure that as a intermdiate student, you have a solid underpinning of good practice.


For advanced students, you will be challenged to fine-tune your sound quality by learning the traditional Honkyoku/Zen pieces. Teachers will help you to improve your playing by following the traditional teaching style.


We want students not only to be able to play the notes of a piece, but also to encounter the musicological background of the compositions. The format of the workshop will allow adequate time on each piece, firmly establishing each piece in the minds and ears of the participants. Students are encouraged to bring and use recording devices as a learning tool.

We begin each day of the Workshop by all playing as one group, the note ‘Ro’ (the fundamental or lowest note of the shakuhachi) for about 10 minutes. Then we talk about the activities for the day, scheduling, rooms, etc., before the morning group practice.

In the daily morning group practice, everyone spends the first hour together studying one aspect of shakuhachi technique, such as breathing and movement, meri-kari, yuri vibration, ha-ra-ro, timing and rhythm, and koro-koro. Each in-depth morning session will be taught by a different teacher, for the entire group, including beginners.

East-West Center, the University of Hawai'i

E komo mai… Welcome! The Shakuhachi Festival of the Pacific will be held at The East West Center, at the University of Hawai'i, located on the beautiful island of Oahu.

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

Over more than fifty years of serving as a U.S.-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of 62,000 alumni and more than 1,100 partner organizations.

The Center’s 21-acre Honolulu campus, adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is located midway between Asia and the U.S. mainland and features research, residential, and international conference facilities. The Center’s Washington, D.C., office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.


Address: 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI USA 96848-1601

Phone: (808) 944-7111


Day 1 / Dec 15th

  • Relax and Enjoy
  • Relax and Enjoy
  • Relax and Enjoy


Day 4 / Dec 18th

  • Morning: Ro-buki / Group Session
  • Afternoon: East-West Center
  • Evening: Farewell

Getting ready to learn the Shakuhachi.

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