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Hachigaeshi (Nezasa Ha)

鉢返 (根笹)

This is a piece of genre Koten from the Chikuho Ryû and Nezasa Ha / Kimpu Ryû Schools .

History (Riley Kelly Lee):

Hachi gaeshi / Returning the Bowl is performed after the 'priest of nothingness' received alms, usually a bowl of uncooked rice. The priest would empty the rice into his collecting bag, return the bowl and then perform Returning the Bowl. This piece is therefore an expression of gratitude, on the part of the priest for the food which gives him life, and on the part of the donor for the opportunity to give.

Hachigaeshi (Nezasa Ha) appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Bamboo Grass - Yearning for the Bell Volume 2 Riley Kelly Lee

    Hachi gaeshi / Returning the Bowl is performed after the 'priest of nothingness' received alms, usually a bowl of uncooked rice. The priest would empty the rice into his collecting bag, return the bowl and then perform Returning the Bowl. This piece is therefore an expression of gratitude, on the part of the priest for the food which gives him life, and on the part of the donor for the opportunity to give.

Koten Shakuhachi Gaku Zen Shu - 5 Takeuchi Chiko


Shakuhachi Honkyoku Riley Kelly Lee


Shakuhachi Zen John Singer

Shinmukaiji - An Introduction to Zen Shakuhachi Sakai Chikuho II


Smithsonian Folkways - Shakuhachi Honkyoku Riley Kelly Lee

Souvenir of Japan - Shakuhachi Komusoh and Suizen Sakai Chikuho II


Tsugaru no Take no Oto Nezasa Ha Kimpu Ryu Shakuhachi Goto Seizo

World of Zen Music, The - Shakuhachi Music from Tsugaru, Nezasa-ha Kinpu-ryu Nakamura Akikazu

    Hachigaeshi is the last of the set of three alms-gathering pieces. After a monk had received rice or some other form of alms in his bowl, he would then play this piece in thanks for the charity bestowed upon him.


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2017