Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Transverse.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.121.12
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: A yokobue [in Japanese Kanji: 横笛 yokobue] is a Japanese transverse flute or fue. The various types include the Komabue, Nōkkan, 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.