Shakuhachi practice at Tsubaki House

By Frederic Marschall

This is me at my partner’s shared house, the Tsubaki House, where I’ve been graciously invited to stay during COVID19 season. To give you a bit of context, I’ve been studying and playing Shakuhachi for the past, almost 3 and a bit years. It’s the main reason why I decided to move to Japan. I found myself now living for 5 months in Tokyo, working, studying Japanese and Shakuhachi. 


The piece I’m playing here is called Kyorei, meaning bell, so it’s meant to evoke the sound of a bell ringing.┬áThis is more or less what I look like once a day while I pick up my bamboo to practice. I often feel I can’t really play as well as I’d like to. It takes a while to warm up, often 30, 40 min then I remember why I like playing. It get’s a bit easier and more fun. I guess that’s like almost all things. It reminds me to be patient with myself.

Shakuhachi practice at Tsubaki House

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