Why this blog?

My name is Hélène Seiyu Codjo and I am a shakuhachi performer and teacher of the Hijiri-Ryū, 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 performer and teacher. 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.

From a beginner (2002) to a shakuhachi master (2013), 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.

Please leave your feedback in the comments area. I will be happy to hear from you!

If you like it…

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If you want to do a little more, you can make a small donation. I am a full-time shakuhachi artist and I put a lot of time and efforts in the writing of posts and pages, in the recording and uploading of the music. So any little help is welcome.
You can choose the amount of your donation.
You will receive in return a link to a private music file… and my deep gratitude.
It will enable me to record and post more. THANK YOU!

Another way to support me is by subscribing to my Virtual Shakuhachi Dojo.

For a one time donation, please click here.

BLOG COMMUNITY for Online Meditation

In May 2020, I have been starting an Online Meditation Group. If you are a shakuhachi player and want to join us, read this post here. It will start again in September 2020.

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 watchlisten, 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.

Thank you…

I would like to thank my teachers Daniel Seisoku Lifermann and Fukuda Teruhisa for their help, trust, talent and support in this adventure. 


Hélène Seiyu Codjo

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