This web-page provides information about the Komusō-Shakuhachi 虚無僧尺八, also known as Fuke-Shakuhachi 普化尺八, Meian- / Myōan-Shakuhachi 明暗尺八 or Classical Shakuhachi 古典尺八. The Shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese bamboo-flute, but you now that already.
"Komusō" (literally "monk of voidness and nothingness", an older version of the word Komosō seems to have meant "straw-mat-monk") are the followers of the "Fuke"-sect of Zen-Buddhism in Japan. The Komusō played and still play the Shakuhachi as a kind of meditation, and what that can possibly mean is one important subject to explore. "Meian"-ji or "Myōan"-ji is the name of a Zen-temple in Kyoto, which is now at the center of many Komusō activities in Japan. The term "Classical Shakuhachi" tries to distinct this kind of Shakuhachi from modern playing styles that use the Shakuhachi like any other flute for musical purposes, the best known of those modern styles are called Kinko-ryū 琴古流 and Tozan-ryū 都山流.
When this page was first set up in 2002 accurate information about the subject was still a little scarce online, but thanks to many Shakuhachi-players who are now sharing what they have learned, things have changed in recent years. Therefore I will from now on (2018) concentrate on less obvious topics, first-hand-experience, translations etc. New topics will be added constantly.
Representation from the Kanjin-hijiri-utaawase (poetry contest [on the topic] Wandering Saints)