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This piece can also be called "Hifumi Hachigaeshi" and it consists of two pieces respectively called "Hifumi No Shirabe" (Beginning) and "Hachigaeshi" (Returning the Bowl, A thanks for Alms Reveived).

Originally the term Shirabe meant to check the sounds and move into the proper frame of mind before performing Honkyoku. Thus, "Hifumi No Shirabe" was not considered to be an independent piece. Musically, "Shirabe" does not have many variations and is subdued in nature as is also the case with "Hachigaeshi" which is why both pieces have been combined. "Hachigaeshi" means to give thanks for alms received (literally meaning 'returning the bowl'). "Hifumi Hachigaeshi No Shirabe" is one of the Takuhatsu (begging) pieces of which there are many in the Kinko Ryu Honkyoku repertoire. This piece consists of

    1. The first half of Hifumi No Shirabe
    2. Hachigaeshi
    3. The second half of Hifumi No Shirabe
Sometimes the music notes (Ire-Te) of Araki Chikuo are inserted between parts 2 and 3. Araki was the famous Kinko Ryu Grand Master (also called Araki II) who lived from 1823 - 1908.

Hifumi Hachigaeshi originally was not considered to be a part of the Kinko Ryu Honkyoku repertoire. However, nowadays it has become not only a requirement but also the representative piece of the Kinko Ryu Honkyoku.

John performs this piece on his album Shakuhachi Bell.

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