Shinobue

Shinobue

The shinobue is a Japanese transverse flute played in a variety of musical genres, including in Noh and Kabuki theatre music as well as in more ritualistic Shinto music such as Kagura, as well as Japanese folk music.

There are two styles of shinobue: the Uta or 'song' and the Hayashi or 'festival'. The former is suited to solo and ensemble playing, while the latter is more appropriate for festival and folk music, being louder and higher pitched.