The komabue (高麗笛) ("Korean flute") is a transverse fue that is used in traditional Japanese court music.


The komabue is typically constructed from bamboo. It is a transverse flute with six finger-holes. It is 36 cm, shorter than the ryuteki flute.[1]


The komabue is used in both Gagaku and Komagaku. Historically the Oga family of musicians in Japan specialized in the komabue.[2]


  1. Shigeo Kishibe, et al. "Japan." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/43335pg5
  2. Marett,A. Musica Asiatica Vol. 5 Published by CUP Archive, ISBN 0-521-34071-3 p.210
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