A komusō; also romanized komusou or komuso) was a Japanese mendicant monk of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism, during the Edo period of 1600-1868.Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (a sedge or reed hood named a tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego.They are also known for playing solo pieces on the shakuhachi (a type of Japanese bamboo flute). These pieces, called honkyoku (original pieces) were played during a meditative practice called suizen, for…

As part of Kaiyuten in Yawata komuso monks wander around the Yawata district and here and there plays the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese wind music instr.

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