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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.

To receive announcements about shakuhachi-related events, join our e-mail list at:

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

Upcoming Events

What: 4th annual Seattle Shakuhachi Matsuri
When: Saturday, October 29 2016, from 10:00 am on.
Where: Japanese Cultural and Community Center, 1414 S Weller St., Seattle WA 98144
Cost: TBA (includes lunch)
Contact: seattlessg AT gmail.com

What: 'Tone Colors of Autumn', a concert featuring Teruo Furuya, Kazushi Matama and Kakizakai Kaoru
When: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Where: Seattle Asian Art Museum
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Contact: seattlessg AT gmail.com

What: Moon Viewing, including a varied program, with koto and shakuhachi music from 6:15 to 6:45.
When: Saturday, September 17 2016, 6:00-10:00 pm
Where: Seattle Japanese Garden
Cost: $15 (sold out)

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)