I’m really enjoying playing honkyoku now. It has only taken me 40+ years. Well… perhaps that’s not entirely true. I suspect I’ve been saying similar for at least the last 10 years. Nevertheless, it is a treat to the illusion that a milestone has been reached even when it hasn’t.
I believe the main thing to do on this shakuhachi journey is to always reflect on how playing honkyoku was a year ago. Having this perspective always leaves the cup half full.