Akio Takamura (高村 章雄) not only is a potter and shapes clay nose flutes, but also is a painter and ornates them with incredibly beautiful hypnotic and psychedelic designs. He lives in the Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
Akio Takamura creates many shapes, but I ordered 4 flutes of 3 different shapes that were available in his last batch. Mr. Takamura generously offered me a small round raw one, plus many cords with beads.
The Small model
This is a very simple round clay nose flute, with two holes for a cord, making it look like a little mask.
Here is one of the painted model of a similar shape, but even a bit smaller (4.3 x 5 cm). Look how beautiful it is, with the painting enhancing the mask appearance:
The air entrance of both these small hanabue is a very thin slit opened in a very lightly curved nose saddle: it is typically designed for asian noses. My occidental nose, with bottom cartilage does not fit well with this shape, and I have to hold the flute in an oblique way, choosing one nostril and blocking the other. However, using this technique, the flute has a very nice sound, loud and precise, mostly medium/bass oriented.
Here is a short sound sample: