Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Morimasa Horiuchi plays the Taizan-ha honkyoku Choshi to the accompaniment of the Myoanji Gong. Originally used by the monks of the shakuhachi temple in Kyoto, the gong fell into disuse after a ban of the komuso by the Myoanji government in the 1860's. Its sound is heard again here after 150 years of silence.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
A samurai warrior (photo from Akikazu Nakamura) demonstrating proper body positioning for "missoku", or shakuhachi esoteric breathing. According to Nakamura, lower the pelvis, while expanding the abdomen, then inhale and exhale. By keeping the body still, one's spatial awareness and five senses are heightened and increased. Wearing loose-fitting robes/clothes/kimono helps in this matter.