Hichiriki is played for gagaku (Japanese court music)
Hichiriki is a double reed instrument and called one of the three major instruments for gagaku, Japanese court music.
Reed needs to put tea before playing
It needs to put the reed into the warm tea before attaching the body in order to open blow hole.
It produces a unique sound
It produces loud sounds that you cannot be expected. It uses a playing technique called enbai (a kind of portamento) and changes it by breath and depth of the reed in the mouth.
Why don't you play hichiriki for popular music?
There are instructional books for players who want to play popular music with hichiriki.
Let's play hichiriki!