Jon Kypros Shakuhachi

Jon Kypros, my shakuhachi teacher, makes incredible shakuhachi in the traditional jinashi style with minimal additions or urushi. This is my wide bore 2.7 made by Jon. The sound and playability are amazing, especially for such a monster flute. Here are a few pictures:

Jon Kypros 2.7 Shakuhachi Jon Kypros 2.7 Shakuhachi Blowing Edge Jon Kypros 2.7 Shakuhachi Root End Jon Kypros 2.7 Shakuhachi Root End

Ryouichi Oota Shakuhachi

Ryouichi Oota is a Komuso monk, shakuhachi player, and maker from Osaka. He makes amazing jinashi shakuhachi with unique and beautiful binding. I met Oota-san in 2018 when invited to practice with the Osaka Society for the Study of Classical Shakuhachi (Koten Shakuhachi Kenkyƫ Kai), and was fortunate to be able to purchase an awesome wide bore 2.5 shakuhachi made by him. Their group uses the 2.5 as their standard size.

Myself and Ryouichi Oota Ryouichi Oota 2.5 Shakuhachi Ryouichi Oota 2.5 Shakuhachi Ryouichi Oota 2.5 Shakuhachi

Gyokusui Shakuhachi

The Gyokusui family has been making shakuhachi in Osaka for three generations. Gyokusui III currently makes both jinash and jiari flutes, both one piece and two piece. I purchased a beautiful 2.4 jinashi from him in 2016 (below), facilitated by Jerry Mutake Schmick. Here are a few pictures of his flutes, including my visit with him:

Myself and Gyokusui III Gyokusui 2.4 Shakuhachi Gyokusui 2.4 Shakuhachi Gyokusui 2.4 Shakuhachi Gyokusui's Place Gyokusui Shakuhachi

In 2018 I visited Gyokusui III again to purchase a jinashi 1.8, the standard sized shakuhachi:

Myself and Gyokusui III Gyokusui 1.8 Shakuhachi Gyokusui 1.8 Shakuhachi

Here are a couple of images of the Gyokusui's bamboo collection, much of which was harvested by his father and grandfather:

Gyokusui Bamboo Stock Gyokusui Bamboo Stock

Kitahara Shakuhachi

The Kitahara family has also been making shakuhachi for three generations, in Kyoto. Here are pictures of a 1.6 jiari I purchased from Kitahara in 2015, along with my visit with him:

Kitahara 1.6 Shakuhachi Kitahara 1.6 Shakuhachi Kitahara 1.6 Shakuhachi Myself and Kitahara

Ken LaCosse Shakuhachi

Ken LaCosse, a US based shakuhachi maker, makes beautiful one piece shakuhachi, both wide bore (Taimu) and traditional. Below is a 2.0 I bought from Ken that is coated in black urushi lacquer on the outside:

Ken LaCosse 2.0 Shakuhachi Ken LaCosse 2.0 Shakuhachi