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Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Sounds of shakuhachi

Nakamura recital ticket giveaway for The Japan Times readers

A kikazu Nakamura, an award-winning shakuhachi flute player who has performed in more than 150 cities around the world, will hold a recital in Tokyo on Oct. 28.

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Zen: Akikazu Nakamura will perform shakuhachi songs handed down from the 13th century in a performance Oct. 28 in Tokyo. © SAKAE OGUMA

Nakamura, who in July released the album "The World of Zen Music: Shakuhachi Music from Kyoto 1," will perform tunes that have been passed down for centuries at Myoanji Temple in Kyoto. The temple, whose history can be traced back to the 13th century, was established by Kichiku, who later became the founder of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism. Monks there, called komuso (monks of nothingness), would travel around the country playing shakuhachi for training, characteristically donning straw-basket hats, which hid their heads completely.

Nakamura's Oct. 28 performance, to be held in Kioi Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, near Yotsuya Station, from 7 p.m., will feature music that is intense and powerful and also tranquil and meditative, all boasting Nakamura's technical mastery of the Japanese bamboo flute.

Tickets are ¥3,500 if booked in advance or ¥4,000 at the door. For reservations, call CN Play Guide at 0570-08-9999.

Five pairs of recital tickets will be given away to 10 readers of The Japan Times. To apply, send a postcard with your name, address, age and sex to: Office Sound Pot "The Japan Times" 1-6-3-B1F Minami-karasuyama, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, 157-0062. The postcards should reach the agency by Oct. 10.

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