Roots Shakuhachi: The Bamboo Way

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Roots Shakuhachi: The Bamboo Way

Once carried by itinerant Buddhist priests, the shakuhachi, a long bamboo flute, is one of Japan's most hauntingly soothing musical instruments. It is a testament to Japan's traditional aesthetic of elegant simplicity. At Roots Shakuhachi, customers can make their own shakuhachi. Budget ¥3,000 and 30 minutes to an hour to make your shakuhachi, and a little more time to learn the basics of how to play it. Note that the store is open primarily on weekends only; weekday visits are possible with an advance reservation.

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