My Workshop in Japan

Located in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island

This is my workshop, located in the tiny farming village of Kitagawa in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands. My wife Kayo grew up in this village and her family still lives there. This building is the old yubinkyoku (post office).
 At the window
The view from my workshop window. I get to watch my neighbor's garden grow each summer. The neighbors are very kind in their patient endurance of my poor shakuhachi playing. (I hope it doesn't stunt their vegetables.)

 Bamboo drying
Madaké bamboo roots that I harvested the previous winter are being dried in the morning sun. That's my daughter Anna with me.
My father-in-law, Akiyuki Kaname, takes great interest in all aspects of my work with shakuhachi and is extremely supportive. We can''t speak the same language, but find many other ways to communicate. I am grateful and honored to be part of a wonderful family in Japan.
 From the window
Peek in this window and see the tallest shakuhachi maker in Japan!
Net result of a summer's work.

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