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Chôshi (Yamato)

調子 (大和)

This is a piece of genre Koten from the Chikuho Ryû School. This piece was composed for Shakuhachi by the person Tani Kyochiku.

Chôshi (Yamato) appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen

Art of the Shakuhachi Vol II Mitsuhashi Kifu

    This piece was composed by Tani Kyochiku (1882-1950), a student of the Kyushu (Kumamoto prefecture) shakuhachi master Miyagawa Nyozan (1868-1946). Kyochiku was a professional shakuhachi-playing monk who toured not just Japan but also China and other countries. In 1930 he took his long 2.5-shaku (approx 75 cm.) instrument on tour to Hong Kong, Singapore, Sumatra, Burma, and India. At that time his passport identified his occupation merely as a "religious musician."

    Kyochiku learned this piece as "Darani" from the Nara shakuhachi performer Murata Sen'o, but when ten years later he performed it for Murata, the latter exclaimed "That is a nice piece, what is it?" This comment, indicating that after ten years the piece had been completely altered, greatly disheartened Kyochiku. He then named what he played "Yamato-joshi" (literally, "melody from Yamato"). Yamato, another name for Nara, was the area in which he had once learned the original composition.

    This brief piece features repeated short phrases. In recent years it has been commonly used as a prelude to the piece "Ajikan."


Fuke Shu Honkyoku; Kyotaku Nishimura Koku


Hi Fu Mi Renkei Hashimoto

    Tuning piece (Yamato version)
    In the historical province Yamato numerous emperor (Tenno-) residencies existed, i.e., in capital cities, particularly Heijo-kyo (710-784), today Nara. Yamato is said to be Japan's original heartland.

Hikyoku wo Saguru Nagaoka Kodo

Ichion Jobutsu Matsumoto Kyozan


Komuso - the Healing Art of Zen Shakuhachi Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin

Koten Shakuhachi Gaku Zen Shu - 3 Takeuchi Chiko

Kyotaku Nishimura Koku

    A training song from the Yamato area. In this version, Yamato choshi is introduced by Kyo-choshi.

Meian Socho - 1 Sakaguchi Tesshin

Pathway Robert Herr

    Many shakuhachi compositions are attributed to one's aspiration in searching - searching of self, truth, an answer to a question. Yamato Choshi (Yamato prelude) represents an introspection of our relationships with the world around us and a renewing of the soul which allows us to venture forth on the pathway of life. Yamato, the name of the ancient capital of Japan, refers to a beginning - the first steps in the search for enlightenment. The Zen tradition of shakuhachi holds that the shakuhachi plays you as much as you play the shakuhachi. This is a renewing of this relationship between the bamboo and the person, This piece serves as a short prelude or warm-up to a larger honkyoku.

Prayer for the Missing, A Bob Seigetsu Avstreih


Searching - Yearning for the Bell Volume 7 Riley Kelly Lee

    This version of Choshi is believed to have originated in the Yamato district of old Japan, what is now the Nara region, the site of the first capital of Japan, 13 centuries ago. Musically, Yamato Choshi differs greatly from the other Choshi pieces, but it functions in the same meditative and 'searching' way.

Shakuhachi - Ryudo - 02 Takahashi Ryudo

Shakuhachi Koten Honkyoku Shusei - 2 Aoki Reibo II


Shakuhachi Ma Todd Barton

Take no Shirabe; Fuke Shu Honkyoku Yes


The Voice of Bamboo Steven Taizen Casano


Zen Music with Ancient Shakuhachi - Disc 2 John Singer

    (Alternate Introduction)


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2017