Thank you, Harry, for pointing to the shakuhachi info on the blog. I have long loved that instrument, and found its music very relaxing and profound.

Do you play? I wanted to learn that instrument long ago (I have some musical background) but, alas, now I live in rural France with no opportunities to learn any instrument.

I'd love to get some recommendations of a few CDs to buy. I have some I got in recent years, and a couple I bought from iTunes, but would like to find more and learn more about this music, if only as a listener.