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The Seattle Shakuhachi Society

The shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese, end-blown, bamboo flute.

The Seattle Shakuhachi Society is primarily a way for people who live in and near Seattle to find out about local shakuhachi-related events such as concerts, visiting teachers, workshops, and so on. Most of our members play the shakuhachi at least a little bit, but that's not a requirement.

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Upcoming events will be added to this page as time permits.
Please send additions and corrections to djeimz AT megaseattle.com.

Upcoming Events

What: Seattle Shakuhachi Matsuri (music workshops and student concert)
When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Where: JCCCW (Japanese Community Cultural Center of Washington) 1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144
Cost: TBA
Contact: Larry Tyrrell

What: Seattle Miyagi-Kai Concert featuring traditional Japanese instruments: koto, sangen and shakuhachi.
When: Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2 p.m.
Where: Camp Burton Lodge, 9326 SW Bayview Dr., Vashon WA 98070
Cost: Free! (sponsored by Friends of Mukai)

What: Japan Fair
When: The fair is July 7-8, 2018. A traditional music program featuring Shakuhachi, Koto, and Shamisen, is on Sunday, July 8, at 3:00
Where: Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street Bellevue, WA 98004
Cost: Free

Shakuhachi Lessons

Who: Larry Tyrrell is giving private lessons. He has been playing for over 22 years, including 6 in Japan, and has studied with both Kohachiro Miyata and Katsuya Yokoyama. He teaches all levels and would be particularly happy to introduce more people to the music of one of Yokoyama's teachers, Fukuda Rando.
When: Roughly every other Sunday, between 10:00 and 4:00
Place: Saturn Building in Fremont
Cost: $70
Contact: Larry Tyrrell (larry AT moonbridge.com), (503) 235-5468

What: Patrick Johnson is teaching beginning shakuhachi students in the DoKyoku style as part of the KaKakuMei Shakuhachi Dojo.
When: Tuesday nights.
Where: Puget Sound Aikikai (an Akido school in northern Queen Ann).
Cost: Dojo fees are $45 per month.
Contact: Patrick Johnson

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Fun Fact! The speed of light is about one shaku per nanosecond!
(0.989 尺/ns)