Kinko Kurosawa

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Kinko Kurosawa (黒沢 琴古, Kurosawa Kinko) was an 18th-century komusō of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism. A former samurai, he became a shakuhachi instructor and founded the Kinko-Ryu (ja) school of shakuhachi.[1]

Commissioned to travel around Japan to research and collect spiritual shakuhachi music pieces (honkyoku) from his fellow mendicant monks, Kurosawa is credited with helping shakuhachi music transition from a solely spiritual tool into music appreciated by a secular audience through his selection of 36 honkyoku chosen to form the shakuhachi repertoire of the Kinko-Ryu school to be played by its priests.[2]


The Kurosawa crater on the planet Mercury is named for Kinko Kurosawa.[3]

Shika No Tone (Distant Calls of Deer), a honkyoku arranged by Kurosawa, is featured on the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack.[4]


  1. ^ Seiyu, Hélène. "Kinko-Ryu Honkyoku".
  2. ^ "Shakuhachi is Japan's traditional bamboo flute instrument".
  3. ^ "Kurosawa". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. NASA. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Kinko Kurosawa". IMDb.