You certainly remember Mr. Kunio Katada, a.k.a Ki_Kanban. In 2011, we published a post (check here) about his limitless creativity and skill in wood working and inlays. But also his work with metal, cardboard... (You can follow the nose flute section of his blog). Ki Kanban is also at the origin of the Adachi nose flute Fuppi (フッピ). Remember these creations:
In there, there were three kind of flutes: the regular Katada-san production, simple yet very precise, declined in different exotic woods and sizes; one nose flute dedicated to hands free playing with a specific stand, and astonishing small and radical bamboo nose flutes, the Kunimaru's (くにまるの鼻笛).
1 - The regular Adachi nose flute
As said earlier, « regular » doesn't mean average or banal. This nose flute is regular because it is regularly crafted by Mr. Katada, because this flute is the accomplishment of many trials to get it perfect. The shape is a standard; this is not a « research and design » instrument, but a reliable one dedicated to anyone.
Ki_Kanban sent me two samples of the normal size, and two of the mini version.
A - Normal size Adachi
B - Mini size Adachi
Kunio Katada sent me also two mini Adachis. They were made on the same pattern and shape than the regular ones, but just a little bit smaller, to fit wee faces or children.
Another gift from Master Katada is a nose flute he especially developed for hands free playing, with its dedicated holder.
A - The hands free Adachi
B - The stand
The stand looks like a regular mouth harp stand, but certainly it is not. Not only Kunio Katada shaped it himself, using a shirt hanger and a smartphone stand, but also the claw looks totally different. Whilst an regular harmonica stand generally provides a double flat clamp, Ki Kanban's stand features a real jaw for the flute:
To the Part II
Related links :
- Kunio Katada's blog
- New Nose Flutes by Master Katada - Part I
- New Nose Flutes by Master Katada - Part II