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date: 14 November 2019


  • Henry Johnson


Bamboo duct flute of Japan. It was played by masseurs and masseuses in the Edo period to attract customers (anma: masseur/masseuse; bue/fue: flute). Also known as anma and anma no fue, it exists in two types: a single flute with three fingerholes, and two flutes without fingerholes that are tied together and tuned slightly apart so as to produce beats when both flutes are blown simultaneously. Nowadays, the instrument is known as a ...

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