On June 22, 2012, Mr. and Mrs. Murata picked me up from Nikaho, Akita Prefecture and invited me to drink tea with them in their home in Akita city. Mr. Murata’s hobby is making and playing a music instrument made from bamboo which is called Shakuhachi. Mrs. Murata plays the Koto, a stringed instrument. I was honored to be their guest and hear them perform.
Mr. Murata wanted to give me a shakuhachi for a present, but because I couldn’t produce a sound with it, I declined his kind offer. He said it will take me about a half year of practice just to learn how to make the sound!
The video was taken with my cell phone and is of poor quality, but the audio is pretty good.