Spiritual Explorers

Shakuhachi / Blowing Zen

Japan - a country of timeless wonder and mystery. The deep spirituality of the Japanese has captured the hearts of many explorers in the past. The journey to uncover the essence of the Japanese spirit, begins.

The shakuhachi flute emerged during Japan's Edo period (1603-1868) as a tool to train Zen meditation through breathing. Shakuhachi player Kudo Lenzan, who collaborated with Sakamoto Ryuichi during the coronavirus pandemic, says that the sound of the natural bore bamboo shakuhachi expresses the spirit of Zen. It is especially relevant to the Japanese view of impermanence as depicted in Hojoki, written 800 years ago after a series of natural disasters. What role might the shakuhachi play in a world stricken by COVID-19?