|When the forest workers go to the mountain forest for work, they take
along a person skilled in Shakuhachi playing. They start after he has
performed one melody.|
This is because the 天狗 Tengu, who is the 山の神 "Deity of the Mountain", liked to hear Shakuhachi.
|The limited visibility of the tengai requires a concentrated awareness in a determined progress. In the beginning a komuso may slip and injure his foot, requiring a sitting rest. It may be hard to resist playing, though Takuhatsu is performed always standing.|
In modern times even for the most adept, paths of motorized vehicles should be avoided.