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Two examples of hitoyogiri in the Metropolitan Museum collection
  • Japanese: 一節切 (hitoyogiri)

The hitoyogiri is a traditional style of Japanese end-blown flute, which fell out of common use in the 19th century, giving way to the shakuhachi as the dominant form of Japanese endblown flute.

It has four finger holes plus a thumb hole. Like the shakuhachi, which developed out of the hitoyogiri, the blowhole is formed through a cut into the edge of one end.


  • Gallery labels, Metropolitan Museum.[1]