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.

Jul 30, 2014

Mosurin's Long Nose / Happy Flute

Sensei Mosurin was yesterday the guest star of Club Parrhesia. As far as I understand, the Club Parrhesia is a weekly online broadcast animated by a Japanese band of musicians. It was the 169th broadcast of this program and it was 2 hours and a half long!

So, I picked the footage where Mosurin plays (beautifully, as usual) or talks about hanabue. Here it is:

It's the opportunity to show you the new Mosurin's nose flute. The sensei still uses his indestructible Sasaki hanabue (the little ceramic mask) mounted on its special stand, but also regularly plays a very peculiar wooden nose flute, with an extra-long nose (and that he, apparently, now owns in 2 versions):

This nose flute was acquired at the great Nose Flute Exhibition that was held in June in Saitama, where many nose flute makers were present. The Long Nose was made by Happy Flute. Happy Flute, once again as far as I was able to understand, seems to be a kind of funny and happy joint venture between several makers (and friends), like Akio Takamura (ceramist/potter), Go Nagayama (great painter/designer on nose flutes), and some others (notably a wood craftsman...) that I have not yet been able to identify...

Happy Flute booth at some summer market, with a framed postcard (HanabuElvis!). What an honor!

And beautiful nose flutes on the Happy Flute blog!


  1. If only we could have a similar movement in the Netherlands, nose flute on air, exhibitions and fairs...! Last year I visited the largest collector's fair in Europe, where there was no single nose flute to be found...

    I like Mosurin's Pinocchio nose flute for the fact that it appears to be of a monolithic shape and that it draws attention by being larger than it needs to be in such a way that it doesn't obscure the face.

    For sure, Mr Mosurin is practicing and playing seriously.

    1. Dear Maikel,
      Thank you for your comment! Yes, I agree, and ask myself about the reasons of this Japanese nose flute Boom... Is it because the instrument is small? Is it because the have a tradition of gathering in the parks, or is it because they have Mosurin?

      About the collector fair, maybe Piet Visser was already there! Have you seen that he found new Simmies? I'm happy, he had one double so we decided of an exchange and I should receive a pink/yellow one soon.

      Me too, I obviously thought of Pinocchio:) But the Hawaiians know that nose breath can't lie! :)

      All the best,


    2. Dear Antoine,

      I think it takes a profound culture such as the Japanese to really understand and appreciate the perfect simplicity of the nose flute as an instrument and as a concept.

      The very reason I went to the collectors' fair was because Piet Visser had invited me and had told me that there would be someone selling a batch of original Swan logo nose flutes... I will most certainly contact him about his new-found Simmies.

      Kind regards,