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Sokkan

息観

This is a piece of genre Koten from the Dokyoku / Chikushinkai School.

History (Michael Chikuzen Gould):

The performer here must lose himself in contemplation of breath or soul until it appears in the mind's eye.

Sokkan appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Bamboo In Zen Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos


Breath-Sight - Yearning for the Bell Volume 1 Riley Kelly Lee

    Breath Sight

    Contemplation of one's breath is "seeing" one's breath. The act of playing honkyoku is the act of focusing on one's breath. Played on an exceptionally long 3.1 shaku length instrument (one shaku = 30.3cm).


Floating Clouds Michael Chikuzen Gould

    The performer here must lose himself in contemplation of breath or soul until it appears in the mind's eye.


Ichi Horacio Curti

    Serene contemplation of one's breathing.

In Dead Earnest Part 2 Ishikawa Toshimitsu

Japanese Traditional Shakuhachi Yokoyama Katsuya

    Origin unknown. The title Sokkan might have some relationship with the Zen Buddhist concept of Seikan , the 'serene contemplation'. The player gets him self absorbed in each note in low register trying to 'see the truth with his mind's eye'.


Marco Lienhard - Shakuhachi Marco Lienhard

Sangai Rinten - 3 Yokoyama Katsuya

    The title of this piece has the characters for "breath" and "sight." The piece expresses the dynamic feelings which result from the contemplation of the breath. According to Wadatsumido, the most important element of shakuhachi playing is the discipline of the breath. This is particularly necessary in this piece using the very long 2 shaku 8.5 sun shakuhachi.

Shakuhachi - Ryudo - 01 Takahashi Ryudo

Sokkan Taniguchi Yoshinobu

    The characters used in the title of this piece are "so" which is denotes "iki" or "breath" and "kan" which means "to see" or "observe". This name may come from the zen concept of seikan which is "serene contemplation." Sokkan expresses the dynamic feelings which result from contemplation of one's breath as the player gets absorbed in each note in the lower register trying to "see the truth in the mind's eye". One should naturally incorporate various qualities of breath discovered during this contemplation.

Tajima Tadashi Shakuhachi no Sekai III Tajima Tadashi

Watazumido-so Roshi Watazumi Doso Roshi


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018