Shakuhachi
Sumi-e Paintings


Yoshinobu
Ryudo
Taniguchi


 

 


Yoshinobu RyudoTaniguchi

Shakuhachi Master

Yoshnobu Taniguchi is one of the foremost living masters of shakuhachi in Japan today. In addition to having studied under three great pillars of shakuhachi - Aoki Reibo, Yamaguchi Goro and Yokoyama Katsuya - he has also mastered the playing styles and repertoire of many other shakuhachi sects.Taniguchi is a recipient of the transmission of Koden Honkyoku through Watazumido Shuso and Yokoyama Katsuya.

He has received several honors for his work in Japan including acknowledgement as top performer at the Osaka Geijutsu Sai. He was also given the honorary title of Sen Shin Kutsu Dai Shihan at the young age of 32, a title usually reserved for senior "ambassadors" of shakuhachi.

Taniguchi-sensei was Visiting Professor of Shakuhachi at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio where he taught in 1982. He presently resides in Mineyama-cho, a small city near the Sea of Japan outside of Kyoto. Despite widespread recognition as a master of the shakuhachi, Taniguchi shuns the spotlight, preferring to focus on his personal training and preparations for a few select performances each year.

Sumi-e Artist

His deep commitment and lifelong practice of Zen Buddhism are manifested in his art, and embodied in his work with shakuhachi and traditional Japanese sumi-e ink brush painting. He is the decendant of a long line of Zen monks on both sides of his family. Taniguchi's father came from Niigata Prefecture, near where his distant relative, the Zen saint Ryokan (1758-1831), a renouned poet and calligrapher, took up residence in a hermitage he named Gogo-An at Kokujoji Temple on Mt. Kugami. A monk of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, Ryokan's calligraphy and haiku poems are known and admired throughout the world. Taniguchi's great grandfather on his mother's side was Byakuho-Ryoukoh, head monk of Eiheijji temple. 

Despite this prominent lineage, Taniguchi is self-taught as a sumi-e artist. He once told me that the ideas and themes that inspire his paintings come at night, when the events of daily life calm down and all is quiet. He begins by sitting and making the ink, but soon an undescribable energy force erupts. His sumi-e are not intentional, but a manifestation of this force. Some nights, he draws many paintings in a short period of time with no apparent effort as the inspiration flows through him.

It is my great honor to offer reprints of Yoshinobu RyudoTaniguchi's wonderful shakuhachi—and Zen Buddhist-themed sumi-e prints for the very first time. Pictured below of just some of his remarkable works of art arranged by subject. The will be more to follow.


Shakuhachi Sumi-e Prints

Availalbe matted or unmatted.

Image size of all prints are 9 1/2" wide x 10 3/4" (242 mm. x 274mm.), same dimensions as the original artwork.

Overall size of matted prints are 14 3/4" x 16 1/4" ( 375 mm. x 413 mm.)
Each matted print (pictured at the top of this page) comes with the following:
A gray Standard Core mat/. 4 Ply (.050 - .060) thickness with 45 degree inside bevel
RPB Acid free Backing Board
Clear Traditional Closure Bag to protect the artwork.

Price breaks avaialble for orders of multiple prints. See Price List for Sumi-e Prints.

All the reprints on this web site are the work of Yoshinobu RyudoTaniguchi. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.
It is respectfully requested that unauthorized reproduction or publication via print or on-line sources be refrained from, giving due respect to the artist and the spirit of his work.


SHAKUHACHI

P-1

Capturing the spirit of bamboo with spirited breath. A simple pleasure in life.

P-2

Good fortune. Longevity. Bamboo. Wind.

P-3

Resonance of Zen bring good luck and longevity.

P-4

Zen Wind.

P-5

Long shakuhachi is the sound of the universe.

P-6

Zen Wind.

P-7

Bamboo. Wind. Zen.

P-8

Bamboo. Zen. Katsu! (Shout of Enlightenment)

P-9

Bamboo. Zen Blowing. Kyorei, Koku, Mukaiji, Koku. (Hanko: Komu-An)

P-10

Zen. Bamboo. Katsu! (Hanko: Komu-An)

P-11

Jizo Bosatsu: Bodhisattva Protector of Children, Travels & Pilgrims.

P-12

Zen WInd. Bamboo.

P-13

The bright moon of the heart.

P-14

Zen Bamboo.(Hanko: Komu-An)

P-15

Bamboo. Katsu! Zen Wind.

P-16

Bamboo. Wind. Shika no Tone (Cry of the Distant Deer).

P-17

God of prosperity. Blowing Zen.

P-18

Wakei Seijaku (Spirit of Tea) in the fall night.

P-19

Life is fleeting, live fully.

P-20

Jizo Bosatsu likes persimmons more than the sound of bamboo’s sound.

P-21

The melancholy of fall in the deep mountains, the deer steps on the fallen leaves.

BAMBOO (Také)

P-22

Zen Wind. Old bamboo resonates with the sound of the universe.

P-23

Shakuhachi awaits inspiration to play.

P-24

Distant moon. Wakei Seijaku. (Spirit of Tea).

P-25

The bamboo’s spirit is the essence of Zen.

P-26

 The work of your spirit determines your life.

P-27

Blowing Zen

P-28

Prosperity. Longevity. No worldly desire will bring fulfillment.

P-29

The tranquility of the bamboo is the calm of Zen wind.

P-30

Nuanced blowing will bring good fortune. (Calligraphy: Bamboo / Také)

P-31

Zen spirit is bamboo spirit.

P-32

Blowing Zen

P-33

Shugyuso: Continuous Daily Meditation Practice

HOTEI (Budai: Laughting Buddha)

P-34

Your hardships will fertilize your insight into human nature. There is no disappointment in life.

P-35

A house filled with laughter brings prosperity.
Zen. Bamboo. Wind.

P-36

Go through life with laughter, this too will pass.

P-37

There is a secret of longevity in the bamboo forest.

P-38

Nothing ordinary happens in a long and fruitful life.

P-39

The sound of the universe in the long shakuhachi.

 

P-40

Hotei is in the bamboo forest.

 
 DARUMA (Bodhidarma: The Founder of Zen Buddhism)

P-41

Don’t try too hard for perfection, balance is important in life.

P-42

Good fortune flies on bamboo wind.

P-43

Bamboo. Blowing Zen. Katsu! The State of No Mind brings a fair wind.

P-44

Daruma. Blowing Zen. Sokkan. (Calligraphy: Bamboo / Také)

P-45

Live boldly. (Calligraphy: Bamboo / Také)

P-46

Blowing Zen

P-47

The way of the bamboo is deep, it is not to be undertaken lightly. (Calligraphy: Bamboo / Také)

P-48

Bamboo resonates with the vast universe.
(Calligraphy: Mu = State of No Mind)

P-49

Blow bamboo with your heart and listen to it with your soul (tamashii). (Calligraphy: Heart / Kokoro)

P-50

The spirit of bamboo moon over foggy ocean, gazing with longing into the deep autumn night; the sound of Zen in the distance.

P-51

Gazing at the moon with a serene heart.

P-52

Celebrate life. Live boldly, boldly, boldly, boldly LIVE!

P-53

Celebrate life. Live boldly, boldly, boldly, boldly LIVE!

P-54

Experienced enlightenment as you watch the waterfall.

P-55

The spirit of bamboo.

P-56

Fifty years of life passes like a mirage. The path to enlightenment is one fraught with challenges.

P-57

Watching the slim moon over the waterfall.

P-58

Hakurakuten

P-59

 Hakurakuten (poem)

P-60

 Zen wind

P-61

(Calligraphy: Mushin = State of No Mind)

P-62

Contemplating the moonlight on a distant mountain range, a parade of bright and dark.

P-63

Celebrate life. Live boldly, boldly, boldly, boldly LIVE!

P-64

 Daikatsu! (Big Shout of Enlightenment!). Celebrate life. Live boldly, boldly, boldly, boldly LIVE!

CONTEMPLATIONS

P-65

Zazen

P-66

Paramita Sutura with Kanin (Goddess of Compassion).

P-67

Kotobuki (Longevity).

P-67

 Blowing Zen. Muijin (the State of No Mind).

P-69

Bamboo. Zen. Big Bamboo.

P-70

 Imperturbable mind is Zen mind. Celebrate life. Live boldly, boldly, boldly, boldly LIVE!

P-71

  Zen Wind. Sanshaku daikan.

P-72

Imperturbable Mind is Zen Mind. Daikatsu.

P-73

Blowing shakuhachi on a moonlight night. Zen wind.


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