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The clear and deep sound of the shakuhachi, a vertical Japanese bamboo flute, will take center stage in Kyoto from May 28 to June 4.

More than 400 shakuhachi players will gather from around the world in the ancient capital for the World Shakuhachi Festival. It’s a fitting place, the instrument dates back to the 700s and developed into its current form during the Edo Period (1603-1867).

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