Friday, August 26, 2011

Prague Shakuhachi Festival

Currently in progress

Sakai Shodo

Shikyoku Ichiban

Shika no Tone

Tsuru no Sugomori

Ryu Hei

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hayashi Kogetsu Brief History

It is said that Matano Shinryu (1791-1861) was the first teacher of Hayashi Kogetsu (birth date?-1905).  Kogetsu started a shakuhachi maker school.  He had a good connection with founder Higuchi Taizan and made shakuhachi for him and his students.  Hayashi Kogetsu made shakuhachi for the Taizan school only.  In Fuke magazine from 1940 Tanikita Muchiku mentions that Hayashi Kogetsu lived around Kyoto, close to Taizan's house.  Hayashi Kogetsu also owned a grocery store.

The founding players concurrent with the great makers of the period.

Some examples of the great makers' flutes on display at the Hamamatsu Museum in the Shizuoka prefecture in Yushin's vicinity.

There were several classifications that Taizan stamped into Kogetsu's shakuhachi.
"Tofuku Myoan Taizan" was the highest rank.
"Myoan Taizan" was the middle rank.
"Taizan" was the lowest rank.
The rarest and most valued shakuhachi have the "Tofuku Myoan Taizan" stamp with illustrations and sometimes Chinese kanji, too. 

The following photos are of the rarest and valued classification of  Kogetsu antique shakuhachi, one of which was sold on a Japanese Yahoo auction last year 2010.

The Kogestu Hanko

Two examples of authenticated Kogetsu hanko collected by Dr. Inagaki.  He owned a great number of rare jinashi, many of which after his passing were sold to the musical instrument museum.

From John Singer's website; "Kogetsu Hayashi was the leading Myoan maker of his time. This extremely rare shakuhachi is one of his best instruments. It has great body and clarity of tone. The balance and ease of response are superb. Higuchi Taizan (founder of the current Myoan style) used instruments made by Kogetsu. (Private collection)."

An example of a conterfeit Kogetsu hanko!
An example of a hanko that is possibly fake.
Another example of a possibly fake Kogetsu hanko.

Kogetsu also used two other hanko early in his career:

秋草 Autumn Grass


水辺 Water Wedge

Thursday, August 18, 2011