Welcome to the Seattle Shakuhachi Study Group

This is the website for the Seattle Shakuchachi Study Group (SSSG), the shakuhachi dojo in Seattle, Washington, USA. Please have a look around. You’ll find information regarding:

If you have questions, would like to give us feedback, or have local shakuhachi news that you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Just send an email to seattlessg@gmail.com.


The SSSG Dojo has been established as a training center for traditional shakuhachi, with an emphasis on working with beginning and intermediate students.

Our formal affiliation is with the International Shakuhachi Kenshukan (training center) founded by Yokoyama Katsuya in Tokyo in 1988. The Kenshukan promotes the Koten (Classical) Honkyoku tradition of interpreting and performing shakuhachi music, especially the ‘genuine pieces’ (HonKyoku) that have been performed in various Zen temples in Japan for several centuries at least.


The regular instructor at SSSG is Patrick Johnson. Patrick has been a student of traditional shakuhachi since 1993 and has been a formal student of Kakizakai Kaoru for the past seven years.

Individual lessons are typically 45 minutes in length and we follow the traditional Japanese model of combining individual and class instruction.