This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Jan 6, 2012

Show, a Japanese nose flutist

Sho Hirasawa, as known as « Show Nose Flute » on the internet, is a gentle and sympathetic 21 years old very active Japanese musician, website keeper, nose flute collector and amateur builder. He lives in Kobe, and play many kind of nose flutes, from the very common plastic Humanatone to the traditional nasal flutes (Olimong and Ohe Hano Ihu), including his own creations, like stunning gourd flutes.

Show has accepted to answer a short interview. Here it is : : Show, when did you begin to play the nose flute ?

Show Nose Flute
: I began to play the nose flute in 2008. I was 18 years old in 2008. I was able to play the nose flute at the first try! I began to play the nose flute from this time.

How did you discover this instrument ?

My sister bought the Human-a-tone for me, at a second hand bookstore "Kasei-no-niwa (mean garden at mars)".

Do you perform on stage?

Yes I do! I have performed on stage only in Kansai, Japan, yet. I'm going to perform in other places stages in the future. I have been only playing existing music on stage yet, but I will create music for nose flutes.
I like to play "Lupin the 3rd theme" and "Passionate Continental theme". They were played on my first time stage "Banteki (mean ten thousand woodwinds) expo 2010".

I also played at :
- "Fete de la musique au japon in National Museum of Ethnology 2011" (Osaka, Japan).
I played three type Nose Flutes on this stage. Vietnamese, Human-a-tone, and Olimong. I think i'll perform on this stage in 2012 too.
- "Banteki expo 2010" (Kobe, Japan).
This is an event reserved to woodwinds. I played at lunchtime concert. Worldwide woodwinds players came to this event.
- "the Forest Concert in Nunobiki Herb Garden 2010" (Kobe, Japan).
Many types of musicians came this event. Recorder players, pianists, and more.

What nose flutes do you use ?

Buccal cavity driven type
(It is the main type of nose flutes I use. I can play within a near 4 octave range, and when the conditions are good, a bit over.)

- Vietnamese Nose Flutes
They are the main nose flutes for me, especially the ebony one.
My first vietnamese nose flute was bought at "Koizumi gakki", Kyoto. I have 7 Vietnamese nose flutes now. I think these nose flute have the most effective brake performance. Vietnamese nose flutes are appropriate for playing fast music, I think. They have some character.

- Human-a-tone
I think these nose flutes sound is light, and their blowing feel is soft.

- Nose Flute made in Mie, Japan
It is made by "Nihon Hanabue Kyokai Ise tomo no kai", and we drew it together.
They have 4+ octave range, can afford long blowing, and good brake performance. I think they are appropriate to slow music and majestic music.

- Nose Flute made by Mr.Yatake
I met Mr. Yatake at "Fete de la musique au japon in National Museum of Ethnology 2010". The flute has a 4+ octaves, can perform long blowing, and the feeling is "danceable", because the tone change is very smooth. It is well appropriate to play bright music.

- On-lak Nose Flute
It was made in Thailand, and the Japanese nose flute player Kiyoshi Suzuki fit the crown cap cymbals. It can produce percussions, because of this crown cap cymbals. Its feeling of play is like the Vietnamese one : my On-lak nose flute is a soft blowing type.

- Nose Flute made by Tatanakuy
It was made by "Tatanakuy", Nara, Japan. It is made in clay. It has 4+ octaves range. It is an easy player, and sounds like a recorder.

Fife type Nose Flute
I'm interested in all nose flutes. I also play "finger driven" nose flutes too.

- Olimong
It is a Philippines fife type nose flute. It was made by a Craftsman of the Kalinga tribe. I bought it at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan, and it was sold by "Pagoch". It has a linear carving on its body, as the Kalinga tribe usually make. The Kalinga tribe uses the Olimong for communication with spirits, gods, and lover. Because it has a very very Soft sound.

Recorder type nose flutes
- Ohe Hano Ihu (handmade)

My Original nose flutes
- Gourd Nose Flute (handmade)

Do you belong to a nose flute organization ?

No I don't. There isn't nose flute organizations near Kobe, and I like self education.

Do you build nose flutes by yourself ?

Yes I do. I made some nose flutes :

- The Ohe Hano Ihu (Recorder type). I could'nt find "Ohe Hano Ihu" in Japan, but I could find "How to make Ohe Hano Ihu" on web! They sound like Shakuhachi. I made 4 Ohe Hano Ihu.

- the Gourd nose flutes (my own creations). I wanted to make a low tone nose flute, like a "alt Nose Flute" or "Bass Nose Flute". Last year, I got the idea to create those! The idea is to connect the gourd cavity to the mouth cavity. Two cavities added to each other make a larger cavity, and thus produce low tones.


You can visit the Show Nose Flute's website here.

And surely should take a look at shownoseflute Youtube channel, with many nose flute videos.


  1. If you are into Zen then having a Japanese bamboo flute can help you with your focus. The sounds that the bamboo flute can give could be added to the soothing feeling with the ambiance. I love shakuhachi flutes!

  2. Hello, thank you, but you already posted some spam on our comments for your site. Now, I think it's enough. Best wishes for the new year, Antoine.

  3. I have a need for a low nose flute. I was imagining something similar when I found the pictures of your gourd nose flute. Do you sell these, or have instructions on how to build one?

    1. Hello Simmon, I do not build nor sell any gourd nose flute. I was just showing what Mr. Show made. Unfortunately, his mail address is no longer working. You could try to contact him through his Youtube channel. Check this video first (gourd nose flute) :
      All the best, Antoine