Noguchi Ranposai, Artist, Ruminations, Flower Basket, approx. 1998, bamboo (madake) and rattan Selected techniques: thousand line construction, chrysanthemum base plaiting, H. 6 1/2 in x Diam. 15 in. Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Bamboo Basket Collection, Photograph by Kaz Tsuruta.
Komuso (Japanese bamboo flute) - 1904 - Julian Cochrane. A komusō was a Japanese mendicant monk of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism, during the Edo period of 1600-1868. Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (a sedge or reed hood named a tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They are also known for playing solo pieces on the shakuhachi.