The girth is 130 mm. Made without ji (plaster).
|One time I went bamboo digging and couldn't find any bamboo I really liked. It grew dark and I was about to give up, whereupon my wife tossed a leaf into the air. When it landed, the narrow end was pointing in the direction of this beautiful bamboo. I named the instrument "Leaf Spirit", and it is the instrument I use most often when playing honkyoku.|
|This is the natural curve of the bamboo. I did not heat or bend it.|
|This is a natural ikigaeshi ("breath-return"). I left a rim of the joint intact at the mouthpiece. The rim has a smaller circumference than the wall of the bamboo directly below. The ikigaeshi is more often seen in antique intruments.|
|The bore is naturally large, so the hole at the bottom ended up with a large diameter.|
|The mark "Youshin" or"Leaf Spirit"|
|You can see the remains of the joints when you look inside.|
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