It was originally introduced from to Japan in the 8th century, the shakuhachi is a traditional bamboo flute. Komusō a term used for Mendicant Monks, referring to Monks who relied on charitable donations, they were characterised by a straw basket, a reed hood worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego.
These bamboo instruments and traditions are and were an integral part of Japanese life, when we were more connected to the throws of nature. The Fuke sect were known for playing solo pieces on the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, called honkyoku “original pieces”. The most important player and living treasure of the 20th Century was Yamaguchi Goro, his works were often a tribute to nature or to the changing of the seasons.
The Shakuhachi were played during a meditative practice called Suizen, which involves giving to others as an act of virtue. Used as a method of attaining enlightenment, and as an act of healing, it continued until the Japanese government introduced reforms after the Edo period, abolishing the Fuke sect.