Kiku Day has since her return to Europe dedicated her life to the potential use of jinashi shakuhachi, which is the unlacquered type of shakuhachi, only consisting of the raw untreated bamboo. She is a founding member of the European Shakuhachi Society for which she now serves as chairperson.
Several composers from different parts of the world have written for her, among others: Takahashi Yūji, Roxanna Panufnik, Vytautas Germanavicius, Gabriel Erkoreka, and Yumi Hara Cawkwell. She has performed with performers such as Fred Frith and Joëlle Léandre, and as a soloist with Odense Symphony Orchestra and with the Nonsuch Choirs.

Kiku Day

Day has a PhD in ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London where she teaches Japanese music and continues to research into the development of the jinashi shakuhachi in the 20th century and contemporary performance possibilities of this unique instrument.