1960: Uramoto Setchō's Statement about
'Gyō no ongaku': "Ascetic Music"
浦本浙潮 - URAMOTO SETCHŌ - also known as:
浦本政三郎 - URAMOTO MASASABURŌ
Uramoto Setchō, 1891-1965
Link to source:
Uramoto Setchō commemoration webpage
FUKE SHAKUHACHI: GYŌ no ONGAKU: ASCETIC MUSIC
"Fuke Shakuhachi was (is) the music of asceticism [gyō no ongaku].
Playing shakuhachi, you blow with your mind, blow with your fingers, like when frost comes down in the shivering cold night.
As a whole, it is "Self" / "Nature" [shizen] without any deliberate consciousness.
Not to mention, let alone any technique, nor finesse [gikō].
Being unresolved in confusion, simply practicing asceticism will nothing but bring about elevation [alt.: improvement, advancement, progress].
Supposingly, when there are people who say that there are also human beings to whom the shakuhachi is only "delicious" [umai]
... that is to detach human beings from the shakuhachi.
Doing away with unresolved confusion, that brings an end to the symptoms of abnormal detachment."
Quotation from Uramoto Setchō's essay 'Zen mondō to satori.'
Essay originally published by Shunjūsha, 1960, 12 pages.
Source of quotation and info: Kikkawa Eishi, 1975, pp. 55-56.
Uramoto Setchō's essay, 12 pages, originally published by Shunjūsha, 1960.
Quotation translated by Torsten Olafsson, 2018.
Renowned Japanese musicologist Kikkawa Eishi introduced Uramoto Setchō's statement to traditional Japanese music readers as early as in 1975:
Kikkawa Eishi quoting Uramoto Setchō on page 56.
Kikkawa Eishi's explanatory notes and references on page 55.
Kikkawa Eishi: 'Hyōtan namazu to shakuhachi. Shakuhachi ni miru bigaku.'
In: Kikan hōgaku 5, pp. 52-59, Tokyo, 1975.
Kikan Hōgaku 5, 1975, front cover