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Introduction & Critical Guide to the Study of Early Ascetic Shakuhachi History & Ideology in Particular

Torsten Olafsson • 無穴笛オーラフソン トーステンデンマーク • Denmark

 



Introduction

About this Research Project

Realizations & Conclusions

Highlighted Pictures

Highlighted Quotations

Texts, Quotations & Illustrations
A Chronological Overview:

 •  India
 •  China
 •  Japan
 •  The West

To be - or not to be:
     a "Zen Buddhist Priest"?


Errors, Misconceptions & Loose Ends

The Source Collections

The Written Sources

1470?: The Kyōgen Play Rakuami

1505: Kōrin's Shakuhachi Essay

1512: The Taigenshō Music Treatise

The Komosō & Fuke-komosō Sources

1614: The Keichō kemmon-shū

1628: The Kaidō Honsoku Evidence

1628: The Kaidō Honsoku Thesis

1640s?: The Hotoke-gotoba Evidence

1646: Isshi Bunshu's Letter
     to the Komusō Sandō Mugetsu


1646 ... The Hottō Kokushi Legend

The Early Komusō Texts

The Kyōto/Kansai Sources

The Edo/Kantō/Tōkyō Sources

1664: Shichiku shoshinshū

1677: The Empō 5, 6th Month
     Reihō-ji Ordinance


1678: The Empō 5, 12th Month
     Komusō-ha Oboe Memorandum


1687: The Jōkyō 4, 6th Month
     Reihō-ji Ordinance


1694: Engetsu's Honsoku deshi ...

1703 & 1705: The Myōan-ji
     c/o Kōkoku-ji Interrelationship


1732: The Shakuhachi denrai-ki

1735: Myōan-ji's Kyorei-zan engi ...

1740?: Keichō no okitegaki -
     Existing Reprint Versions


1795: Kyotaku denki kokujikai

1816: Miyaji Ikkan's Shakuhachi hikki

1823: Hisamatsu Fūyō's Hitori mondō

1848: Bakufu Government Decree
     re-administrating the "Fuke Sect"


1871: Bakufu Government Decree
     bans & dissolves the "Fuke Sect"


1890 ... The Legacy of Higuchi Taizan

1930s: Uramoto Setchō Credo

1970s: Myōan Taizan-ha Thought & Credos

Honkyoku Music History
     Ascetic Shakuhachi Titles


Miyagawa Nyozan's Honkyoku 'Ajikan'

Myōan Taizan-ha Notation

Literature

Links

Profile / Bio / CV

Contact Info




Rakuami: five flute types

Figure 1

"Ō-shakuhachi"
"Ko-shakuhachi"
"Shiteki"
"Hanteki"
"Ryūteki



Rôan-ji no shakuhachi no hon

Figure 2

"Rōan-ji no
Shakuhachi
no sho"




Rakuami poem - Takahashi Kûzan 1979 edition

Figure 4

Two Ikkyū poems
in the Taigenshō, 1512
At least acc. to
Takahashi Kūzan
1979 edition



Ikkyû's 'Ryôtô poem' - Ueno Katami 1983 edition

Figure 6

Ikkyū's (???) "Ryōtō poem"
in the Taigenshō, 1512
At least acc. to Ueno Katami
1983 edition



Ikkyû's 'Uji poem' - Ueno Katami 1983 edition

Figure 8

Ikkyū's "Uji poem"
in the Taigenshō, 1512
Ueno Katami
1983 edition

1470?: The Dance-kyōgen Play Rakuami

楽阿弥 - RAKUAMI

"Happy Ami"

Date: Unknown. Perhaps as early as the mid-15th century.
Author: Unknown.
'Rakuami' is probably the earliest "dance-kyōgen" play ever created.

Source of ori ginal classical Japanese text: 'Kyōgen-ki", 1917 edition.

Rakuami kyougen-ki-a

Rakuami kyougen-ki-b

Rakuami kyougen-ki-c

Rakuami kyougen-ki-d

Text of the 'Rakuami' kyōgen play reprinted in the book 'Kyōgen-ki', 1917 edition.


Rakuami and Non-duality

Below you will find A.L. Sadler's English translation - originally published in Sidney in 1934 - of the amazing Japanese Nō-style dance-kyōgen play "Rakuami". This enchanting yet also somewhat tragic tale certainly deserves to be appreciated within the context of early Ascetic Shakuhachi history and ideology ...

A commentary follows after A.L. Sadler's translation - paragraph numbers have been added for easy reference.


'Rakuami' in the Kyôgen-ki - 1917 version. Photo: The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark. Left-click to open PDF with the complete 'Rakuami' text.
'Rakuami' in the Kyōgen-ki - 1917 edition
The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark


RAKU-AMI 楽阿弥

1 - TRAVELLER:
The poor mendicant finds a dog at every gate! I am a man of the eastern provinces, and as I have never seen the Shrines of Ise, you now behold me on my way thither. Weary and travel-stained, I plod my way onwards, lacking even a change of raiment, and now I have come to Beppo in the farfamed Province of Ise.

2 - PILGRIM-SONG:
Rapidly he pushes on his journey, and soon he has come to the pine-grove of Beppo. And on a certain pine he sees the tablets and "tanzaku" (*) are hanging, and what look like many "shakuhachi". Surely concerning these things there must be some tale, so he would ask the people of the place. Is no one here?

3 - MAN OF THE PLACE:
What would you ask of us who live round here?

4 - TRAVELLER:
I see these tablets and "tanzaku" on this pine, and many "shakuhachi" hang upon it. There must be some story of these things, and 'tis of this I would inquire.

5 - MAN OF THE PLACE:
Ah, concerning that matter. In former days there was a flute-player called Raku-ami who played the "shakuhachi" until he blew himself to death, and the people about here, feeling sorry for him, buried him here, and planted this pine in memory of him. Perhaps your reverence will, of your charity, say a prayer for him in passing, even though your affinities have nothing in common. I perceive that you also play the "shakuhachi" for you carry one in your girdle.

6 - TRAVELLER:
No, no. That is only to frighten away the dogs. Still, though I have no connection with him, I will not refuse him my prayers.

7 - MAN OF THE PLACE:
And if there is anything else you wish to know, please ask us.

8 - TRAVELLER:
I will.

9 - MAN OF THE PLACE:
At your service.

10 - TRAVELLER:
So here lies the remains of Raku-amida-butsu. In memory of his sad story I will take this "shakuhachi" that I have here and play a tune.

11 - GHOST OF RAKU-AMI:
How delightful the sound of the "shakuhachi". He plays the tune called "Sochogiri".

12 - TRAVELLER:
How strange! It as though I saw a shadow haunt my dreams.

13 - CHORUS:
The tenor flute; the alto flute; the soprano flute, the double flute he hears! And who is he who stands enchanted by the liquid tones?

14 - GHOST OF RAKU-AMI:
I am that Raku-ami who of old time did blow myself to death upon this pipe. Your mellow tones have charmed me from the shades.
15 - TRAVELLER:
A miracle! To hear Raku-amida-butsu of ancient fame thus speak to me is strange indeed!

16 - GHOST OF RAMU-AMI:
Wherefore do you think it strange? For in the book of the "shakuhachi" in the Temple of Ryoanji we read, that when the two extremities of the bamboo are cut and determined, between the eighteen inches of its length a whole world lies. And in one melody that breathes the spirit of impermanence there lies a power of communication that transcends the confines of the Empire.

17 - TRAVELLER:
Indeed you speak truth. For it is by virtue of this flute that I hold intercourse with Raku-amida-butsu famed of old. In it is the knowledge of all ages.

18 - GHOST OF RAKU-AMI:
'Tis true indeed. For by the flute I was well-known even in the eastern provinces.

19 - TRAVELLER:
Indeed!

20 - GHOST OF RAKU-AMI:
How full of meaning; wondrous pleasing is this pipe! But I can play nought but discordant tones. Such have no power to sound beyond our borders, so I will lay my instrument aside, and do you play.

21 - TRAVELLER:
We'll play in concert.

22 - GHOST OF RAKU-AMI:
No, no! I would not make your melody discordant.

23 - CHORUS:
So at his bidding he takes the tenor flute, and puts it to his lips and plays a tune: To-ra-a-ro-ra, ri-i, ri-i, to-ra-a-ro, ra-a-ro, fu-u.

24 - GHOST OF RAKU-AMI:
What cherished memories it recalls! But now I must return.

25 - TRAVELLER:
Alas, how sad your fate! Pray tell me how it came about.

26 - GHOST OF RAKU-AMI:
Well, I will tell you. In former days, I used to wander round with doleful countenance, playing my "shakuhachi" to chance travellers or in front of rest-houses or at people's doors, whether they would or no; and if I did not get a copper for my pains, I would get angry and would revile them, and then, crying out that my playing was execrable and not to be borne, they would take a carrying-pole and send me flying. And to this day among the shades I labour with pole and cord at my old flute, heating and treading and twisting and pulling to shape the bamboo aright. I pray thee aid me, priest. For until now my great attachment to this art has kept me bound to the circling wheel of birth and death. How hateful is my love for this old flute.

(*) tanzaku = poem slips

See the complete text of 'Rakuami' as printed in the
Kyōgen-ki, 1917 edition.
The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark (PDF, 3,1 MB).


COMMENTARY

13: "The tenor flute; the alto flute; the soprano flute, the double flute ... " - the actual flute types mentioned are:
Ō-shakuhachi, ko-shakuhachi, shi-teki, han-teki and ryū-teki, i.e.: "all kinds of flutes" (cp. figure 1, to the left).

Some might perhaps speculate whether the "big" shakuhachi,
ō-shakuhachi, could have been not just a longer, but also a thicker and more heavy type of vertically held flute than the "small" shakuhachi, ko-shakuhachi, which would then have been shorter, and thinner - like the "hitoyogiri" ... ?

However, the overall meaning may rather be that of "shakuhachi in various sizes".

16: "The Temple of Ryoanji" - the correct romanization of the ideographs should be Rōan-ji (cp. figure 2, to the left).

16 - the poem, in Sadler's quite confusing, miscomprehended translation:

"When the two extremities of the bamboo are cut and determined, between the eighteen inches of its length a whole world lies.
And in one melody that breathes the spirit of impermanence there lies a power of communication
that transcends the confines of the Empire."


Here the poem in Japanese (cp. four slightly differing printed versions in figures 3, 5, 7, and 9, to the right):

両頭を切断してより此かた、
尺八寸の内、古今に通ず、
吹き起こす無常心の一曲、
三千里外に知音は絶す。


- in romaji:

Ryōtō o setsudan shite yori kono kata,
shakuhassun no uchi kokon ni tsūzu;
fuki-okosu mujō-shin no ikkyoku,
sanzenri-gai ni chi-in wa zessu.

A very thorough and detailed study of Rakuami is presented in Carolyn Martha Haynes' excellent Ph.D. thesis 'Parody in the maikyōgen and the monogurui kyōgen' (1988).
Her translation of the poem in question reads as follows, being based on an Izumi School version of Rakuami presented in Nomura & Andō, 1974:

"When both ends are cut, the Middle Way is clear;
One Breath through the flute joins past and present.
In three thousand leagues there will be none
Who understands an enlightened tone."

In her commentary (pp. 104-105) Carolyn Haynes explains as follows:
"The first line, tezukara ryōto setdan shite yori, has a double meaning;
it refers both to transcending the illusion of the duality of existence and the manufacturing the shakuhachi, cutting the two ends of the instrument.
The last two lines imply the rarity of people enlightened enough to appreciate music played with true mujōshin, an understanding of the impermanence of things.
Thus, for Rakuami and the priest, the boundary between the living and the dead is nothing that love of their art cannot transcend."


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OF MY OWN:

Ryōtō, 両頭, commonly translated as "double-sided", or "double-headed", also carries the meaning of "dual(istic) opposites", such as f.i. Birth versus Death; Suffering versus Relief; Delusion versus Enlightenment (Zengaku Jiten p. 1501).

The term, or concept, of setsu-dan, 截断/切断, to "cut off", appears as early as in the 10th century, in a poem by the Chinese Zen master Tokusan Enmyō (Zengaku Jiten p. 720).

It is highly probable that ryōtō, lit. "Twin Heads", refers to Fuke Zenji's recorded saying in the Rinzai roku, Ch. 29, 9th century, in which he speaks about the "Bright Head", 明頭, and the "Dark Head", 暗頭, both of which are to be rejected, it is being proclaimed.

Fuke Zenji who was a Chinese pre-Rinzai Lineage Ch'an/Zen monk may actually, in his myōan 明暗 poem, be polemizing on the 8th century Chinese Sōtō Zen monk Sekitō Kisen's statements about 明暗 in the famous essay of his, the Sandōkai ...

An alternative, somewhat more sophisticated, interpretation of the Myō-an (or Mei-an) Couple (or Pair): Myōan sōsō, 明暗雙雙, is given in Zengaku Jiten, p. 1397. Here myō (alt. mei) signifies the "discriminate", or "partial", where as An represents the "indiscriminate", or "impartial".

The renowned Japanese Zen master Takuan Sōhō (1573–1645) is known to have composed one very comprehensive literary work entitled as follows:
明暗雙雙集, Myōan sōsō shū, "Anthology of Myōan Duality".


The meaning of mujō, 無常, is elegantly explained by Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen in her outstanding book 'Emptiness and Temporality. Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics' (2008):

"Mujō 無常 Mutability or temporality, the coming into appearance and subsequent dissolution of things through the vicissitudes of time; epistemologically related to the absence of an eternal core, essence, or substance in things, hence their emptiness. Mujō may be said to be one of the principal registers of the Japanese traditional aesthetic sensibility, both in its privative and ecstatic modes. It is crucial to the experience of compassion, and a fundamental element in the awakening of religious faith."


THE DATE AND TIMES OF 'RAKUAMI'?

Rakuami has survived till today among a total of more than 250 classical kyōgen plays still being performed.

Some Japanese kyōgen authorities do in fact recognize Rakuami as possibly the oldest play in the repertory of the Ōkura School of kyōgen, believed to have been founded by Konparu Yatarō, active ca. 1532-1555, or perhaps by Konparu Mangorō, ca. 1532-1570.

The title Rakuami first appears in a register of kyōgen plays in the Tenshō kyōgen-bon, 天正狂言本, dated 1576 or 1578 - it is, however, a popular theory that the play may in fact originate from the dengaku play Shakuhachi no nō, 尺八の能, reported to have been performed in Nara as early as in 1446 (Bun'an 3).

Still, the oldest surviving version of the Rakuami text as such has been preserved only in the kyōgen collection Toraakira-bon, 大蔵虎明本, dated as late as 1642, compiled by the 13th head of the Ōkura School, Ōkura Yaemon Toraakira, 1597-1662.

Then, since 1660, the Rakuami text has appeared in quite numerous editions of the socalled E-iri kyōgen-ki, 絵入狂言記, 'Illustrated Records of Kyōgen' as well as in a few 20th century kyōgen publications.


EPILOGUE:

Among the many old Fuke Shakuhachi textual sources preserved at the Myōan-ji in Kyōto, one especially fascinating document is entitled Kyorei-zan engi narabi ni sankyorei-fu ben,
虚霊三縁起並ニ虚霊譜辯, "Lecture on the Origin of the Empty Spirit Mountain [i.e. the Kyōto Myōan-ji] and the Three Empty Spirit Music Pieces [i.e. Mukaiji, Kyorei & Kokū]".

Dated 1737, Kyōhō 22, 9th month, this hand-scroll bears the signature of Kandō Ichiyū, 寛堂一宥, 18th abbot in the traditional Myōan-ji lineage, who died in 1738, Genbun 3, 2nd month, 23rd day (Nakatsuka Chikuzen, 1979, pp. 133 & 150).

Quoting from that text:

虚竹有投機偈云、

一従截断両頭後、
尺八寸中通古今、
吹起無生真一曲、
三千里外絶知音、


"Kyochiku had [or, favoured] a speculative Buddhist verse,
which says,

"When all Dualistic Thinking is eliminated,
the shakuhachi dissolves the distinction between Past and Present.
That one unique sound of the True Reality of the Non-born
brings even the Purest of Wisdom [Skt.: Jnana] to an end,
without limit."

Do note that 無生真 here, and 無常心 quoted previously, are homonyms, both being pronounced as mu-jō shin.
However, their meanings do in fact differ: A "mind of impermanence" and "non-born true reality", respectively.
Perhaps the author of the Kyorei-zan engi only knew the original poem from hearsay, or - he may deliberately have changed the two characters?

The Kyorei-zan engi text continues,

嘗虚竹在城州宇治、号朗菴主、
命終樹塔於宇治郡五箇庄中、
人呼為普化塚也。

"Once Kyochiku stayed in Uji in Jōshū [mod. Kyōto Prefecture] he called himself 'Rōan the Hermit'.
By the end of his life he erected a five-levelled monument
[a 'gorintō' grave pagoda?] in the vicinity of Uji.
People call it 'The Grave of Fuke'."

This is how legends are created, 'history' fabricated/invented - through the cunning manipulation of quotations from scriptures of the past ...

Torsten Olafsson - March 2010. Revised in May 2017


BIBLIOGRAPHY - specific:

Christopher Blasdel & Kamisangō Yūkō:
     The Shakuhachi. A Manual for Learning.
     Printed Matter Press, Tokyo, 2008. Pages 78-80.

Hashimoto Asao & Doi Yōichi, eds.: Kyōgen ki.
     Shin Nihon koten bungaku taikei, Vol. 58,
     Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo, 1996. Pages 541-542.

Carolyn Martha Haynes: Parody in the maikyōgen
     and the monogurui kyōgen. Ph.D. thesis.
     Cornell University, 1988. Pages 102-131 & 268-271.
     Available online at https://secure.umi.com
     Cat. no. AAT 8804579.

Ikeda Hiroshi & Kitahara Yasuo, editors:
     Ōkura Toraakira-bon – kyōgen-shū no kenkyū.
     (The Ōkura Toraakira Book – a study of collected
     kyōgen plays). Hyōgensha, Tokyo, 1972
     I have not yet been able to obtain a copy of this book.

Riley Kelly Lee: Yearning for the Bell: A Study of
     Transmission in the Shakuhachi Honkyoku Tradition.
     Ph.D. thesis, University of Sidney, 1992. Ch. 3.2.1.
     Accessible online at: www.rileylee.net/thesis.html.

Nakatsuka Chikuzen: Kinko-ryū Shakuhachi Shikan.
     Nihon Ongaku-sha, Tokyo, 1979. Pages 133 & 150.

Nishiyama Matsunosuke: Iemoto Monogatari.
     Chūō Kōronsha, Tokyo, 1976. Pages 162-164.

Nomura Hachirō, ed.: Kyōgen ki [The Book of Kyōgen].
     2 vols., Yūhōdō Shoten, Tokyo, 1917. Vol 2: Pages 173-176.

Nomura Kaizō and Andō Tsunejirō, eds.: Kyōgen Shūsei.
     Shun'yōdō, 1931. Revised and expanded edition
     published by Nōgaku Shorin, 1974. Pages 511-512.
     I have not yet been able to obtain a copy of this book.

Ōkura Yaemon Toraakira: Toraakira-bon.
     8 vols., Kyoto, 1642. 237 kyōgen plays.

Torsten Olafsson: Kaidō Honsoku, 1628: The Komosō's Fuke
     Shakuhachi Credo. On Early 17th Century Ascetic Shakuhachi
     Ideology. Publ. by Tai Hei Shakuhachi, California, 2003.
     Includes a CD-ROM with the author's complete M.A. thesis on
     the same subject.
     University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1987.
     Purchasable at www.shakuhachi.com.
     Thesis pages 108 & 131.

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen: Emptiness and Temporality.
     Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics.
     Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2008.
     Page 186.

A.L. Sadler: Japanese Plays. No-Kyogen-Kabuki.
     Translated by A.L. Sadler, M.A.
     Argus & Robertson Limited. Sidney, 1934. Pages 124-126.

Sadler & Atkins: Japanese Plays - 2010 edition

A.L. Sadler: Japanese Plays: Classic Noh, Kyogen,
     and Kabuki Works. Translations by A.L. Sadler,
     with a new foreword by Paul S. Atkins.
     New edition published by Tuttle Publishing, 2010.

Takahashi Kūzan: Fukeshū-shi. Sono shakuhachi sōhō no gakuri.      Fukeshū-shi kankōkai, Tokyo, 1979. Page 31.

Toyohara Sumiaki (1450-1524): Taigenshō (compl. in 1512), 13 vols.
     Nihon koten zenshū kankōkai, Tokyo, 1933.
     I have not yet been able to obtain a copy of this book.
     A digitalized version of an 1841 edition of the Taigenshō
     preserved in The Library of Congress in Washington
     is offered for free download at this web address:
     www.archive.org.
     The link to the downloadable PDF does, however, direct you
     to a text in German, not to the Taigenshō file.
     Two editions of the Taigenshō are preserved
     in microfilm format at the Library of the Imperial
     Household in Tokyo.


Ueno Katami: Shakuhachi no rekishi. Shimada Ongaku Shuppan,
     Tokyo, 1983, Pages 162-163 && 213-215.
     New edition publ. by Shuppan Geijutsu-sha, Tokyo, 2002.

Zengaku Jiten, ed. by Jimbo Nyoten & Andō Bun'ei,
     Shōbō Genzō Chūkai Zensho Kankōkai,
     Tokyo, 1962. Page 1501.


INTERNET REFERENCES - specific:

尺八と一休語りの虚無僧一路
- seemingly anonymous      weblog focusing on 'Shakuhachi, Ikkyū, Komusō'
     and - Rakuami
.

平成の虚無僧一路の日記
- seemingly anonymous      beblog focusing on 'Komusō in the Heisei Period'
     and - Rakuami
.


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY - general:

Junko Sakaba Berberich: 'Rapture in Kyōgen.' Ph.D.
     University of Hawaii, USA, 1982.
     Available online at https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu
     or at https://secure.umi.com
     Cat. no. AAT 8302436.

Julie Iezzi: 'Kyōgen in English: A Bibliography.'
     Asian Theatre Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2007, pp. 211-234.      Available online at http://muse.jhu.edu

Carolyn Haynes: 'Comic Inversion in Kyōgen:
     Ghosts and the Nether World.'
     The Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese,
     Vol. 22, No. 1 (April 1988), pp. 29-46.
     Available online at www.jstor.org

Carolyn Haynes: 'Parody in Kyōgen:
     Makura monogurui and Tako.'
     Monumenta Nipponica,
     Vol. 39, No. 3 (Autumn, 1984), pp. 261-279.
     Available online at http://www.jstor.org

Don Kenny: The Book of Kyōgen in English.
     Dramabooks (Geki Shobō), Tokyo, 1986.
     Fourteen kyōgen songs and six plays.

Don Kenny, comp.: The Kyōgen Book:
     An Anthology of Japanese Classical Comedies.
     The Japan Times, Tokyo, 1989. 31 plays.

Don Kenny: A Guide to Kyōgen.
     Tokyo: Hinoki Shoten, 1968; 4th ed. 1990.
     Synopses of all plays in the repertoire and a brief introduction.

Timothy Moore, Department of Classics, University of Texas:
     'Works in English on Japanese Kyōgen.'
     Online Kyōgen bibliography at http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/.

Zvika Serper: 'Japanese Noh and Kyōgen Plays:
     staging dichotomy.'
     Comparative Drama (Journal for comparative
     and interdisciplinary study of drama), Vol. 39, Fall-Winter, 2005,
     Western Michigan University, USA, 2005.
     Read and print free article copy at http://findarticles.com.

Dorothy T. Shibano: 'Suehirogari. The Fan of Felicity.'
     Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Spring, 1980), pp. 77-88.
     Available online at www.jstor.org

Dorothy Toshiko Shibano: 'Kyōgen':
     The Comic as Drama. Ph.D. thesis.
     University of Washington, USA, 1973.
     Available online at https://secure.umi.com
     Cat. no. AAT 8626697.

Kanlayanee Sitasuwan: Language Usage in Kyōgen
     (Japanese Comic Drama). Ph.D. thesis.
     University of Washington, USA, 1986.
     Available online at https://secure.umi.com
     Cat. no. AAT 7402232.


DVD:

Tojiro Yamamoto Dynasty DVD set

Tōjirō Yamamoto Dynasty:
     Kyōgen of the Tōjirō Yamamoto Dynasty
     10 CD set including "Rakuami" (Ōkura-ryū).
     Published in May, 2007.
     Available from Far Side Music - item no. FSV3299
     www.farsidemusic.com/acatalog/NOH.html
     - the last item on that web page - rather expensive ...


Tojiro Yamamoto Family performance, Indonesia

Tōjirō Yamamoto Family performance in Indonesia




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Rakuami poem - Nishiyama Matsunosuke 1976 edition

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Rakuami poem
Nishiyama
Matsunosuke
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Rakuami poem - 1917 edition

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Rakuami poem
Kyōgen-ki
1917 edition



Rakuami poem - 1996 edition

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Rakuami poem
Kyōgen-ki
1996 edition



Rakuami poem - 1983 edition

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Rakuami poem
Ueno Katami
1983 edition