World Shakuhachi Mentoring Day (WSMD) : Saturday 11th May, 2024

Dear shakuhachi enthusiasts,

The World Shakuhachi Day is based on the spirit of sharing our love for this wonderful instrument. Inspired by this same ‘sharing spirit’, the first ever and very successful World Shakuhachi Mentoring Day took place in October last year and provided an opportunity for more advanced players to share their knowledge with others through a series of one-day online lessons and the chance for participants to take part in lessons and learn new pieces and special techniques in a variety of styles offered free of charge.

World Shakuhachi Mentoring Days (WSMD) are designed to assist advanced students who are on their way to becoming teachers in the near future. To help them in this, and in particular to gain experience in remote teaching, which cannot be avoided in a post-pandemic world, this event will provide the apprentice teachers the chance to design a lesson on a piece in collaboration with their main teacher and deliver it online to participants who register in advance. The previous four apprentice teachers will also feature again in this event in May, but will teach different pieces and will be joined by two new apprentice teachers, this time from the USA. 

For this to happen, we need your help !

Your registration as attendees is what will make this event possible. Each teaching session will be for one hour including a question/comment time slot when you can ask questions and also give feedback to the apprentice teachers on how you perceived the lessons – of course with kindness and constructiveness. 

A panel of established teachers and feedback tutors will also provide feedback in a mentoring process similar to that involved between MA and PhD students in universities.

In the same spirit as the World Shakuhachi Day, all the apprentice teachers, the main teachers, panelists, and the organisers offer their services free of charge.

All you need to do is to register and you will then receive an email with the Zoom connection information and access to the teaching materials and get a free day of classes by aspiring practitioners and performers. 

Registering address: 

Deadline for registration: 10th May, 2024

The WSMD team 

Michael Coxall, Kiku Day, Christophe Gaston, Markus Guhe, Jim Franklin, Jean-François Lagrost, Horacio Curti, Gunnar Linder, James Schlefer, Ralph Samuelson

For more information see here

Schedule:  (All times are CET) 

14:00 – 14.05    Opening

14.05 – 15.05    Tran Cao                   ‘Honte no Shirabe’         Zensabo

15.10 – 16.10    Nikita Chasovnikov   ‘Rokudan on Shirabe’    Tozan

16.15 – 17.15    Ramon Humet           ‘Hon Shirabe’                 KSK

17.20 – 18.20    Lokesha Haber          ‘Ashi no Shirabe’            Kinko

18.25 – 19.25    Marco Burmester       ‘Azuma no Kyoku’         Jin Nyodo

19.30 – 20.30    Adam Robinson         ‘Kyo Reibo’                    Kinko

20.35 –  22.00    Panel discussion        (Panelists only)

22.00   ~            General feedback      (Panelists only)   Spokesperson : James Schlefer

World Shakuhachi Day 世界尺八デー 2023

You can enroll in the 12 hour Online Shakuhachi Gathering on WSD2023.

Click on the image below for more information on how to participate in WSD2023


October 8 (10.8) is World Shakuhachi Day

English below

午前・午後10時8分から、世界一斉に108回のロ (Ro) 吹きを試みます





さらに今年は、新たな試みとして12時間のOnline Shakuhachi Meetingを企画しました。(詳細は次頁)
午前・午後10時8分(日本時間)から、世界一斉に108回のロ (Ro) 吹きを試みます。


国内窓口: 清庵 玄心   
海外窓口: キク デイ

今年の新企画! 「オンライン尺八ミーティング」

WSD2022  Online  Shakuhachi  Meeting

2022年10月8日(土) 世界尺八デイ 午前10時(日本時間)開始





ミーティング ID: 858 5487 4675
パスコード: 345123



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October 8 is World Shakuhachi Day 

Blow for Tranquility and World Peace   

On World Shakuhachi Day – October 8 – a 12-hour
Online Shakuhachi Gathering will take place.
We will start and finish the event playing 108 ROBUKI together
at 10:08 AM & PM (Japan Standard Time – JST)  

This annual event has been created to connect the world-wide shakuhachi community.Shakuhachi enthusiasts across the world commemorate the day individually or in groups under        a unified theme, transcending schools, nationalities, ages, experience, professionals and amateurs, and advocating the practice of 108 ROBUKI. Last year, more than 200 supporters from 41 countries around the world played for a complete end to the Covid-19 crisis

The theme for this year is ‘Tranquility and World Peace’ in an unsettled world.

Let’s play 108 ROBUKI as a prayer with the intension that our own feeling of tranquility and peace when playing the shakuhachi will be communicated out to the world.

This year, we have organised a 12-hour Online Shakuhachi Gathering (see next page for details).   We will begin and finish with 108 ROBUKI together at 10:08 AM and PM (Japan Standard Time).

Let’s take this opportunity to deepen our bonds with our shakuhachi friends around the world. 

We look forward to your participation.

For more information on WSD2022 :

Contact person in Japan : Seian Genshin :
Contact person outside Japan : Kiku Day :


World Shakuhachi Day 2022 Online Shakuhachi Gathering

Date and time
WSD22 will take place on Saturday October 8 (10.8) 2022. The gathering will begin at 10:00 AM (JST) and finish after playing 108 ROBUKI at 10:08 PM (JST).

The event
A 12-hour World Shakuhachi Day gathering on Zoom on the theme Tranquility and World Peace. We will have a 108 ROBUKI session at the beginning and the end, the rest of the time the mic is open for everyone who has registered for a 10 min slot. You can do a shakuhachi performance, dedication, ensemble performance, speech, etc. This is an opportunity to showcase your thoughts and to bond with fellow shakuhachi players across the world.

Schedule (JST)
10:00 Welcome and opening speech. 10:08AM World-Wide 108 ROBUKI. 

Approximately at 10:30-22:00 10 minutes slots for participants. 

22:00 Closing remarks. 10:08PM World-Wide 108 ROBUKI.

Call for participants!

If you wish to have a 10 min. slot, please register by e-mail. Include your name, nationality, preferred time slots, and tell us what you will do. You can also just listen or participate in discussions when there is free time without performances. Or jump in and play if nothing else is happening. 

The programme will be sent to you in advance. English/Japanese interpretation will be provided.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 858 5487 4675
Passcode: 345123

Deadline for registration
September 8, 2022


Call for Ambassadors for World Shakuhachi Day 2021

We are almost 200 ambassadors!!!

The potential of the shakuhachi across the world

World Shakuhachi DayWSD2021 

Friday 10.8 [8 October] is World Shakuhachi Day!


Pray for an end to the Corona crisis!
On this day, the sounds of the prayers and wishes of 
shakuhachi players will be heard all over the world.

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We are looking for WSD Ambassadors!

Last year, the theme was Let’s blow away the Corona crisis! 114 ambassadors across the globe helped us spreading the word about playing 108 robuki!

This year, with even stronger enthusiasm than last year, we are going to play 108 robuki again on 10.8, hoping and praying for a complete end to the still unresolved Corona crisis.

We are looking for more people to join us spreading the word out to the world. 

If you are interested in joining us, please send an email with your name and title related to shakuhachi or a mini-message to the email addresses below by the end of August 2021.

If you have already signed up last year, please continue to spread the word as we will keep your name on the list of ambassadors. Please let us know if there are any changes to your information.

The names of the ambassadors will be published in the October issue of the Hogaku Journal and on the internet.

Contact in Japanese: Seian Genshin (

Contact for any other language: Kiku Day (

~ 世界に広まった尺八の魅力と可能性 ~

World Shakuhachi Day(WSD)2021 

108 (は、“ 世界尺八デイ 

コ ロ ナ 禍 の 完 全 終 息 を 願 っ て!

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国内窓口: 清庵 玄心(

海外窓口: キク デイ (