Beautiful Design,
Excellent Tone,
Refined Tuning
The traditional transverse flute
from Japan. It is hand-crafted
from bamboo with a simple design.

Design your unique shinobue
by choosing the color and design

Your favorite shinobue that you will love to see and hold.

A new sound with rich,
resonating overtones

In nature, each bamboo is unique.
Knowing this, Rippei carefully adds texture to the inside of each flute
to bring out its character and create a shinobue with rich overtones.

Rippei's unique, modern design
with traditional Japanese touch

For Thick Lacquer Finish, you can choose a design with pure gold
leaf or powdered gold and a traditional lacquer technique
called "Wajima-nuri Chinkin," to give the shinobue a deep radiance
that will not fade.

A shinobue that is suited for
any musical context wherever you go

Thick Lacquer Finish is fully lacquered with multi-layers to make a very durable instrument
in good condition. Bamboo may still crack under certain extreme conditions.
Shinobue Rippei

Custom Order

Order your own
custom shinobue
You can choose your favorite color and design.
Please create your unique shinobue.
Step-by-step Custom Order
Tuning Style
Choose Uta(Western scale) or
Hayashi(folk tuning)
Choose Any Key
Color and Design
Customize your shinobue
Finalize order
*Lead times may vary, as each shinobue is custom made to order.
Rippei's most popular designs
Uta(Western scale)
Red x "Shower of Blossoms"
The Shower of Blossoms design stands out on a deep red shinobue.
Hayashi (Folk tuning) 
Thin Lacquer Finish x Top & Bottom Bound
Traditional Japanese Instrument
"Tamaki" with advanced materials
Innovative bamboo-glass fiber composite material
Shinobue case
Soft inner fabric protects your shinobue
Protective sheet prevents cracking
Shinobue Rippei

About Shinobue Rippei

"Easy high range" "Easy sustain" "Ergonomic"
Rippei began by making shinobues for friends, and developed his shinobue to address the difficulties inherent to the instrument.
As a player himself, he understands the challenges of beginner and experienced players alike. Now many people worldwide enjoy Rippei's shinobue.
Please understand the lead time is long because each shinobue is handcrafted.
The first step in making a shinobue is selecting and cutting the bamboo.
Rippei harvests the bamboo in Fall and Winter, then carefully dries them for about two years.
The secret of its beautiful tone is in careful tuning and detailed craftsmanship.
After the bamboo is dried, Rippei straightens it and cuts the holes, paints, polishes, and tunes the flute. He then repeats this process until the shinobue is just right.
Only then does he add his design. These are the careful and precise steps to getting a beautiful, rich sound.
Shinobue Rippei


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Shinobue Rippei

Shopping Guide

Shinobue Rippei
Payment Method
"Cash on Delivery" accepted at no additional charge (in Japan only). Credit cards are accepted. For international payments, we only accept credit cards via PayPal.

- In Japan:
"Cash on delivery" by Yamato Transport, "Takkyuubin Collect," is available. 13 different credit cards are acceptable, such as JCB, VISA, MasterCard, Diners, AmericanExpress, etc.

- For international payments:
You can use credit cards via PayPal.
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2-75-3 Torocho Kita-ku Saitama-shi, Saitama
Weekday 10:00-18:00
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Return Policy

Please contact us immediately if you receive a defective product or for return requests.

- Return Deadline
Returns are acceptable within 7 days of delivery.

- Return shipping fees
Return shipping is the customer's responsibility unless the product is defective.

Shipping Method and Fees

- Yamato Transport (in Japan only)
Yamato Transport (Takkyuubin) will deliver anywhere in Japan. Fees vary depending on location (please see estimate to your location from Kanto). For international shipments, EMS is available.

- Takkyuubin Compact (shinobue bag, etc.) (in Japan only)
You can select Takkyuubin Compact for shinobue bags, etc. (in Japan only) The shipping fee will be calculated to your location from Kanto. For overseas shipments, EMS is available.

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