John Kaizan NEPTUNE

Kamogawa, Japan


John Kaizan NEPTUNE brings to the shakuhachi a new and dynamic sound and feeling entirely his own.  A California-born American, NEPTUNE received his master’s certificate in the Tozan school of shakuhachi in 1977, at which time he was awarded the name Kaizan (Sea mountain). 

NEPTUNE is the author of the book ‘Shakuhachi’, and has performed and recorded in many countries around the world. His second album ‘Bamboo’ was named ‘Outstanding Record of the Year’ by the Cultural Affairs Agency of the Japanese Ministry of Education; subsequent albums (24 to date) and his concerts throughout Japan, Asia, Australia, America, and Europe have made his original music, from traditional Japanese to contemporary jazz, widely know and loved by people of all ages. 

John Kaizan NEPTUNE is acknowledged to be among the top masters of the instrument in Japan and now lives in Kamogawa, Chiba-ken where he continues to make, write for and experiment with the instrument he had adopted as his own.