Definition of shakuhachi in English:


nounPlural shakuhachis

  • A Japanese bamboo flute, held vertically when played.

    • ‘During our relaxation time, he would play his shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) for us.’
    • ‘Rather than emphasise the distinctiveness, sonically and culturally, of the Japanese shakuhachi and the western bass flute, Denyer creates a new hybrid sonority by having the two instruments play together the whole time.’
    • ‘There are two shows; the first starts at 8 p.m., and Katz (on piano) will be joined by Bruce Huebner on flute and shakuhachi.’
    • ‘Riley is a Grand Master of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and has been teaching and performing for more than two decades.’
    • ‘On Saturday, Aug.12, he'll play piano and be joined by Bruce Huebner on flute and shakuhachi at the Jazz and Gallery Natte Iru House in Iriya.’
    • ‘The shakuhachi has an intensity, even a wildness, that is quite foreign to the Western flute.’
    • ‘The shakuhachi is usually played solo or with the koto.’
    • ‘Impromptu performances of everything from didgeridoo to the ethereal shakuhachi liven up the banks of the Kamogawa River every evening.’
    • ‘With something of the style of a Japanese buyo dance, Philippa Davies bends the pitch of her alto flute to summon the sound of a shakuhachi and Catrin Finch plucks her harp strings near the soundboard, alluding to the sound of the koto.’
    • ‘The opening track, ‘Toremoro,’ starts with the forgotten sounds of space, soon accompanied by a shakuhachi.’
    • ‘This page is associated in some way with the website of a company that sells shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese bamboo flutes, though there is no apparent way to reach the exercise page from the company's homepage.’
    • ‘This is a twilight music, a sequence of breath-induced sounds, the shakuhachi, a mantra, the winds of outer space, suggesting the bardo state of Tibetan Buddhism, the realm between death and rebirth.’
    • ‘Silje's favourite song on At First Light, ‘Japanese Blue’, is airy and free-flowing, with the unsettling sound of a trumpet masquerading as a shakuhachi.’
    • ‘From the perspective of a musician who was introduced to flute playing via the end-blown bamboo shakuhachi, the common Western transverse metal concert flute has a couple of advantages.’
    • ‘The vocalised trumpet often resembled a shakuhachi (wooden Japanese flute) or (more fancifully) the gentle soughing of wind through trees.’
    • ‘The lead melody is played by a shakuhachi, a Japanese wood flute that is very ‘breathy ‘and has a lot of character, making it hard to recreate well.’
    • ‘Specifically, the Pan-Asian theme is both meditative and powerful, a mixture of gongs, shakuhachi, koto and taiko drums with the traditional symphonic score.’
    • ‘The shakuhachi has been in Japan for about 1200 years but before that it came from China.’
    • ‘TaikOz performs music by Japanese and Australian composers using Japanese taiko and shakuhachi (bamboo flute).’
    • ‘TaikOz has established itself as one of Australia's most energetic and exciting drumming groups, combining the power of the traditional Japanese taiko with the etherial tones of the bamboo shakuhachi.’


Late 19th century: Japanese, from shaku, a measure of length (approx. 0.33 metre) + hachi ‘eight (tenths)’.