• Description
  • A side-blown bamboo flute with seven fingerholes. It is assembled from three to six short lengths of bamboo joined together with cherry bark (or string?) wrapped between each pair of adjacent finger-holes. The inside of the tube is covered with red lacquer, which also extends out to the rim of each hole. The upper end of the flute, between the mouth-hole and the end, contains lead or iron (for balance) covered with wax, and the end is stopped ... more
    A side-blown bamboo flute with seven fingerholes. It is assembled from three to six short lengths of bamboo joined together with cherry bark (or string?) wrapped between each pair of adjacent finger-holes. The inside of the tube is covered with red lacquer, which also extends out to the rim of each hole. The upper end of the flute, between the mouth-hole and the end, contains lead or iron (for balance) covered with wax, and the end is stopped with a small bronze plate with a leaf design. The nokan’s most distinctive feature is the nodo, a short tube inserted in the bore between the mouthhole and the first fingerhole (not detectable on this instrument).The nokan is primarily used in the Hayashi ensemble of No drama, usually to accompany dances, mark off sections of the play, and create special effects. It is the only melodic instrument in No drama. The nokan is also used in Kabuki Hayashi and in some folk music.Note: The nokan looks similar to the ryuteki; however, on the latter the... less
  • Format
  • Image
    Photographed with digital camera (JPG image)
    processed using Photoshop (resized to 550 pixels, quality level 5 label added)
    Length: 38.7 cm. (15 1/4”)
  • Rights
  • This Musical Instrument database is intended for educationaland instructional use