We already had the opportunity to show some of Mr. Takamura's creations in this blog, notably here
Akio Takamura (高村 章雄) not only is a potter and shapes clay nose flutes, but also is a painter and ornates them with incredibly beautiful hypnotic and psychedelic designs. He lives in the Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
It's also have been a long time that I've been trying to reach this young master and order some of his nose flutes, but it was difficult, for many reasons, particularly language. But finally, my efforts turned sucessful and I just received some awesome hanabue.
Akio Takamura creates many shapes, but I ordered 4 flutes of 3 different shapes that were available in his last batch. Mr. Takamura generously offered me a small round raw one, plus many cords with beads.
The Small model
This is a very simple round clay nose flute, with two holes for a cord, making it look like a little mask.
Here is one of the painted model of a similar shape, but even a bit smaller (4.3 x 5 cm). Look how beautiful it is, with the painting enhancing the mask appearance:
The air entrance of both these small hanabue is a very thin slit opened in a very lightly curved nose saddle: it is typically designed for asian noses. My occidental nose, with bottom cartilage does not fit well with this shape, and I have to hold the flute in an oblique way, choosing one nostril and blocking the other. However, using this technique, the flute has a very nice sound, loud and precise, mostly medium/bass oriented.
Here is a short sound sample: