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A Komuso (literally, nothingness monk) of the Fuke Zen sect, wearing a "tengai": a woven straw hat which covers the head completely. The tengai indicates the denial of self, taught by the practice. Komusa also carry and play the "shakuhachi", a bamboo flute.

The komusō (literally “priest of nothingness” or “monk of emptiness”) were a group of Zen Buddhist mendicant monks who wandered the roads of Edo period Japan. They would play elaborate tunes on their bamboo flutes as they begged for alms, their faces (and thus, their ego) completely concealed by a distinctive hood woven from straws or reeds. Unsurprisingly, many were recruited as spies or were actually ninja or ronin in disguise, and eventually their temples and their schools were abolished…