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is a traditional composition known as honkyoku, or "original music." Ken reads a poem of his by the same name, from a CD collection in which he reads some of his poems and accompanies the readings on the shakuhachi. This is the last poem in the CD.

This River of Stars

is a poem from a series of poems on the Portland Japanese Garden. The title refers to a waterfall whose name in Japanese, amanogawa, means Milky Way or river of stars.


is the word for the tea ceremony, or "way of tea." This poem recounts the fate of the sixteenth-century creator of the ceremony, Sen no Rikyu.

Thirteen Love Songs

of the Shakuhachi is an original poem by Ken Arnold. He also composed the music.