2002, Perry Yung spent six months in Japan on a Japan/US Friendship
Grant sponsored by The international House of Japan and the National
Endowment for the Arts. He is the only American Shakuhachi maker
supported by both the American and Japanese governments to specifically
study shakuhachi making. While in Japan, Perry studied playing with
diverse teachers and saw every shakuhachi performance he could find
in Tokyo and Kyoto so that he could get the widest possible exposure
to the shakuhachi. His main sensei in both making and playing is
Kinya Sogawa. Before leaving Japan, Perry collaborated with Kinya,
Laurie Sogawa and Maura Donohue to create Umi Yo Umi Yo, a Butoh
Shakuhachi performance extravaganza with Yoshito and Kazuo Ohno.
When Perry is not making or playing shakuhachi, he creates and performs
contemporary theater with the SLANT
Performance Group (he is cofounder), and designs sets for Maura
Nguyen Donohue and In Mixed Company.