A Few of My Favorite Shakuhachi Links
Makers, Players, Teachers
Teacher, player, creator. Based in Kumamoto, Japan, Jeff always has a ton of shakuhachi-related things going on.
Japanshakuhachi.com / David Sawyer
Very high quality, new and pre-owned Japanese shakuhachi. Auditioning available. One of my first stops when looking for a fine instrument.
Mu-Jitsu Shakuhachi / Ken LaCosse
San Francisco-based maker, Ken LaCosse, is a true artisan and very fine maker of traditional, hand-adjusted bore shakuachi. I have owned a few of his instruments and loved them all. Excellent craftsmanship, beautiful tonality, great balance and highly responsive. He also does exceptional repair work. The home of Taimu shakuhachi.
Shakuhachi.com / Monty Levenson
One of the most comprehensive websites relating to the Shakuhachi with a wealth of great information, updated teacher listings, study materials, and quality cast-bore shakuhachi for sale.
NY based shakuhachi maker, performer and teacher offering a versatile range of fine shakuhachi, with repair services available.
Master shakuhachi teacher, performer and broker of only top-quality instruments.
Very beautiful bamboo and exotic hardwood Shakuhachi.
Master maker, performer and teacher of concert-quality shakuhachi.
Teacher, performer and maker of fine jinashi shakuhachi.
Shakuhachi.org / Mary Lu Brandwein
A very fine, San Diego-based shakuhachi teacher and performer.
An exceptional performer and teach; head of Mujuan Shakuhachi Dojo in Texas, a branch of his teacher’s school based in Kyot,o and founded by Yodo Kurahashi.
Official website of The International Shakuhachi Society. A great resource!
General Links, Suppliers
This is one of my daily clicks. Fantastic blog! It is updated regularly and offers a rare look into many historical aspects of the Komuso shakuhachi realm. Tons of fantastic images.
The go-to online community for shakuhachi players and makers of all levels.
Courtesy of Jeff Cairns, a great resource for those wanting to know who might have made the shakuhachi they just bought. (I’m on this a lot more than I care to admit!)
Tokyo-based shakuhachi retailer with tons of making supplies, teaching materials and new/used instruments.
A domestic source for Urushi and parts/supplies for Nihonto, Bugu, Shikki, restoration. Located in San Diego, CA, a mere 20 minutes from me!
Good Japanese source for urushi, pigments, etc.
Very good source for durable flute carrying cases, tubes and bags.
Convert between Shaku-sun-bu, metric and SAE.
A shakuhachi-related Facebook page by Chris Moran, one of the great Photoshop artists out there..