Why this blog?
My name is Hélène Seiyu 聖 優 Codjo and I am a shakuhachi performer and teacher (Shihan) of the Hijiri-Kai school, founded by Fukuda Teruhisa. In December 2016, I started the adventure of writing this blog about my shakuhachi journey. Although I am not a native speaker, I choose to write in English, as an international language of communication.
The shakuhachi changed my life. My personal journey with this magical instrument started somewhere in 1994-1995 with listening to a CD (by Yamaguchi Goro). At that time, I was a classical flutist and I didn’t think that, one day, I would become myself a shakuhachi master. Neither I could imagine I would give up my silver flute and stop playing classical music. I didn’t think that borrowing this CD would be the first step of a big revolution in my life.
Starting as a beginner in 2002 and becoming a shakuhachi master in 2013, I am still practicing to improve myself. Throughout my journey I have been collecting information, thoughts, quotes, exercises, tips, etc., that I am willing to share in this blog.
I hope that you will enjoy reading the posts, listening to the Hijiri School musical repertoire and discover my own compositions.
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This blog is…
A place to discover the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi and our school “Hijiri-ryu“. Either you are new to this flute, willing to watch, listen, practice, take lessons, I am happy to help you in one way or another.
This blog is not…
A scientific source of information about the instrument, the history, the different schools. There are plenty of websites and resources to be found on the Internet. I will be posting links to those I know, so that you can find more detailed background information.
I would like to thank my teachers Daniel Seisoku Lifermann and Fukuda Teruhisa for their help, trust, talent and support in this adventure.