Hello everybody!

I am shinobue flute player Rai Tateishi.

Shinobue is the Japanese traditional bamboo transverse flute.

No traditional Japanese festival without the sound of it!

Being a shinobue player has allowed me to meet people and see countries around the world.

I’m always in search of new expressions and connections using my shinobue.

Now, in the age of the corona virus, the next step seems obvious and exciting:

Creating a shinobue online school!

“Do something you love and share its fruits widely with society” has acquired a deeper meaning for me in these challenging times. Perhaps now is the time to broaden horizons, to rediscover what really enriches our life, to rethink how we can connect.

Raionkai : Escuela online de shinobue

4 características de nuestra escuela


“Variedad de materiales”

-En cualquier lugar y en cualquier momento.

-Ensayos sin límite.

-Más de 50 lecciones, ensayos en video y clases online.


“Sistema de provisión de música”

Disfrute de distintos géneros mientras ensaya con las partituras que le ofrecerán músicos profesionales.


“Hacer lo que le gusta beneficia a la sociedad”

En nuestra escuela destinamos cada mes una parte de las ganancias a actividades que ayuden a contribuir con la sociedad.


“Cambio en el estilo de vida”

“Hacer un patio de recreo y ocio en el campo”

Estamos preparando un lugar donde divertirnos cuando la crisis del Covid-19 llegue a su fin.

Sistema de la escuela online de shinobue

(1) Para pasar a ser alumno o alumna de la escuela es necesario realizar unos trámites de inscripción.

(2) En Raionkai proporcionamos los materiales de aprendizaje y de ensayo, distribución de vídeos en directo y otros eventos, etc.

(3) Trabajamos con los músicos, quienes nos proporcionan materiales de ensayo.

(4) En Raionkai pagamos a los músicos una gratificación por los materiales de ensayo que nos envían.

(5) Cada mes mantenemos una parte de las ganancias de Raionkai como ahorro, y una vez alcanzados los 300,000 yenes, lo destinamos a un fondo social con el que realizamos donaciones a distintas organizaciones benéficas y al desarrollo de actividades relacionadas con la contribución social.

(6) En cuanto superemos la crisis del Covid-19, organizaremos conciertos en diversos lugares y prepararemos un lugar especial en el campo donde la gente pueda reunirse.

Sería feliz si pudiera compartir los frutos de mi esfuerzo con la sociedad para que todos podamos divertirnos y superar las dificultades del momento.

A los alumnos de la escuela


Lion-Kai Shinobue Online School

The online school brings together professional shinobue flute players, students, composers and musicians.  On the website, you can study and improve your skills, but you can also meet up with players from Japan and around the world and explore future opportunities.


The online school is not just a transfer of conventional lessons to the internet.

It’s about creating a shinobue community.

It’s about providing a host of high-quality materials and content related to shinobue flute playing.  

It’s about facilitating a new form of exchange that will broaden your horizons.

It’s about bringing together musicians of the world with musicians of Japan.

It’s about collaborating with composers to create opportunities for both, composers and students.

It’s about sharing part of the profits with society.


Did you wonder where the name of the school comes from? Well, “Rai” is my first name and means “thunder and lightning” in Japanese. “On” is the “sound” of music and “kai” means “get-together.” That makes it a Li-on-kai, right?

You may want to join if:

-you’ve always wanted to learn to play the shinobue flute, but found it hard to start on your own

-you want to improve your shinobue playing skills

-you want to do something that will give you a chance to strengthen your body

-you feel stressed out

-you live out in the countryside and can’t find a local teacher

-you want to practice at your own pace

-you are too busy to regularly commute to a teacher’s place

-you have started lessons with a teacher before, but have stopped

-you are looking for new songs or musical pieces that you can perform

-you need new impulses to bring a new breeze into your way of playing the flute

-you think that competing with others will be fun and everybody will get better

-you’re looking for a door to connect with Japanese music and musicians


Actividades off-line

(1) Campamento práctico anual de shinobue

(2) Clases gratuitas cara a cara dos veces al mes

(3) Evento de intercambio en el Gion Bar “Raion”

(4) Taller de construcción a mano de un shinobue una vez al año

(5) Audiciones a cargo del alumnado

Actividades / materiales online

(1)  Le ofrecemos materiales para comprender mejor el shinobue

→ Tablas de digitación

→ Nociones básicos de teoría musical

(2) Puede ver más de 50 vídeos sin límite (actualizados mensualmente)

→ Prácticas básicas

→ Estiramientos

→ Vídeos de piezas musicales

(con acompañamiento de piano, partituras, y versión a cámara lenta)

(3) Lecciones mensuales online

(4) Distribución de videos en directo

(5) Puede hacernos llegar sus preguntas a través del chat desde el que le aconsejaremos de manera personalizada

¿Qué tipo de materiales en vídeo puedo ver?

The school acquires first editions of pieces by composers.

Here is an example of a video provided by composer Choi Jae Chol for public view!


▼Composer: Korean drum player and composer Choi Jae Chol



Korean Drum:  Choi Jae Chol

Fiddle: Kunugi Takehiro

Guitar: Fukue Kenta

Shinobue Japanese Flute: Rai Tateishi

Engineering: Kishimoto Ryohei


Title: Path through the snow

▼Composer’s message:

When snow falls during Japan’s winter festivals, it looks unreal and magic. I composed this piece using the motive of a “path through the snow.” I used the special atmospheric sound of the Japanese shinobue flute as the basic tone, and from there added the Korean drum, the guitar and the fiddle (Irish violin) to form an ensemble. The one-two, back-and-forth rhythm of the Korean drum known as “whimori” has the meaning of “blowing through.” I composed the piece based on the image of snow dancing in the wind in the winterscape of Tohoku in northeastern Japan.

A note to musicians and composers:

The Lion-Kai Online School aims to open up opportunities for composers, and to build a community of musicians, composers, performers and students.

Musicians and composers of different genres are invited to compose shinobue pieces that can be used as learning materials for all levels, from beginner to advanced. The school will consider purchasing submitted pieces for a negotiated fee. Up to two musical pieces per month per composer will be considered. Some of the submitted pieces may be arranged later to adapt to beginner’s level.

The website of the school will serve as a platform where musicians and composers can announce their activities -- an exciting place where musicians can connect with others, and where they may find new work opportunities.

Please contact school head Rai Tateishi if you are interested.


Sharing the wealth

Every month, 10 percent of the profits of the Lion-Kai Online School will be set aside. Once these savings reach 300,000 JPY, they will be given to a charity, or will be used for an activity to benefit society. The specific charity or activity for which the money will be used will be decided upon discussion among the school members. There will be a report on the website on how the money was used. 

*A percentage of 30 percent of the school’s profit will be saved during May, June and July 2020.

Gatherings, performances, events, workshops

As soon as the corona virus situation will allow, we will restart our offline activities.

Exciting plans for events and shinobue community building are in place!

If you live in Japan or if you plan to visit from abroad, feel free to take part in these events:

- Once-a-year shinobue get-together in the countryside

- Once-a-year get-together at Gion Bar Lion in Kyoto

- Once a year ‘make your own shinobue flute’ workshop 

- Public performance of Lion-kai Shinobue Online School members

- Once-a-year countryside music festival YAMAJAM




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