The komuso were a group of Japanese mendicant monks of the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism who flourished during the Edo period of 1600-1868. Komuso were characterized by a straw bascinet (a sedge or reed hood named a tengai or tengui) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They practiced suizen, which is meditation through the blowing of a shakuhachi (a type of Japanese bamboo flute), as opposed to zazen, which is meditation through sitting as practiced by most Zen followers. See "Komuso". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2014-12-12.