Weaving a shakuhachi Komuso monk Tengai “basket hat”


Practicing formal shakuhachi Takuhatsu Komuso alms begging in Asheville, NC, June 4, 2012 (photo by Steve Shanafelt)

Back in 2011, this Tengai Komuso shakuhachi monk “basket hat” was the first thing I had ever woven and it was quite a difficult thing to have begun with!

(Note: I actually sold this Tengai for charity in 2020 at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Maybe one day I’ll weave another Komuso tengai for myself. You can read about my experiences practicing takuhatsu alms begging as a Komuso in America here and all about the Komuso on my page here. )


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