Kokusai Shakuhachi Kenshukan
Welcome to the website for the North American branch of the International ShakuhachiKenshukan headquartered in Tokyo, and with branches in Saitama and Yokohama, Japan.
The Kenshukan (KSK) was originally conceived of and founded by Yokoyama Katsuya , one of the premier shakuhachi players, teachers and stylists of the 20th century. His driving vision was to establish a study group that would be truly international in scope, and to create a training center in Japan that would attract students from the world over to come and learn "Classical Honkyoku" as he taught it.
While Yokoyama Sensei’s vision was largely realized before his untimely death in 2010, there is ample room for the Kenshukan to continue to mature and to grow in scope. To that end, the North America branch of the KSK has been created to help promote the goals and activities of KSK Japan for the benefit of students in the US and Canada.
Specifically, KSK-NA wants to
• Keep you informed about upcoming shakuhachi events in your area – concerts, workshops, presentations – that are sponsored or endorsed by the KSK
• Share information about the KSK itself, both its history and its current status as it continues to grow and develop
• Keep you up to date about learning and training opportunities in the style of Yokoyama's "Classical Honkyoku" that are available to you
• Give you access through our online store to CDs, DVDs, scores and other items that reflect the legacy of Yokoyama Sensei, and that showcase the great works still being produced by his students
Please take your time in having a look around the website. And please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, comments or feedback. We’d love to hear from you!
Learning the Shakuhachi
One of our chief goals in establishing the North American Branch of the Kenshukan is to provide timely information about shakuhachi teaching and training opportunities available to students in North America.
Please feel free to contact us via email if you have any questions about teacher availability of if you would like more information about any of the learning opportunities we post here.