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Nohkan (能管)

The flute used by the fuekata in Noh and kyōgen. The nohkan is also simply called the fue. As the nohkan is not tuned there are slight differences in the sound of each instrument, but because two fue are never played at the same time nor is the instrument played with tuned instruments, the performance is not negatively affected. The fue are made from bamboo that has been smoked for several years, lacquered, and wrapped with birch or Japanese wisteria. The nohkan is characterized by the nodo or “throat,” a small tube that is inserted between the mouthpiece and finger holes, which gives it its unique sound quality.

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