A yokobue (横笛) is a Japanese transverse flute or fue. The various types include the Komabue, Nōkan, Ryūteki and Shinobue.

These flutes have an extra closed chamber (for improved timbre and tonal qualities) that extends past the chin to the left shoulder and can be used as a rest the way violins are rested on the left shoulder.

See also

Yokobue in media

  • David Carradine carried a yokobue in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies and Bruce Lee's The Silent Flute.
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