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Kokû (Don't know which version)


This is a piece of genre Koten.

Kokû (Don't know which version) appears on the following albums


Calligraphy Vlastislav Matousek


Fuke Shu Honkyoku; Kyotaku Nishimura Koku

Heart of Bamboo, The Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin

Ichi on Buttsu - One sound Enlightenment Ronnie Nyogetsu Reishin Seldin

    Koku, or "Bell ringing in the Empty Sky," is one of the three oldest honkyoku (San-Koten). It is said to have been composed after death of the Zen monk Fuke-Zenji, patriarch of the shakuhachi, who in life is supposed to have walked around ringing a small hand-bell. In the legend the monk predicts the day of his own death. When the villagers hear of his death, they open his coffin and find it empty. However, they look to the sky and clearly hear the sound of a bell getting fainter, as if ascending to the clear, blue sky. The music of Koku ("empty sky") supposedly represents this event.

Koku Monden Tekiku

Shakuhachi - Classical Modern Best 30 - 01

Shakuhachi - Ryudo - 01 Takahashi Ryudo

Shakuhachi Tokusen Aoki Reibo II

Sound of Zen, The Okuda Atsuya

Souvenir of Japan - Shakuhachi Komusoh and Suizen

Take no Shirabe; Fuke Shu Honkyoku Yes

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2017