Hey guys, thanks for the info!
I've thought of scanning in all of my music, but I have SO MUCH of it that it'd be like scanning in all 7 Harry Potter books because you don't want to bring them in your luggage - tons of effort. Plus, lots of music is oversized, which will make for annoying scanning as well as printing because it'll be hard to read. Also, I could scan all of my flute parts, but then most pieces also have piano parts, and I can't give a photocopy to a pianist or they'll give me death glares for the inconvenient page turning.
I have a flute teacher in Japan who I've only studied with in the U.S., but he's one of my favorite flutists and is very successful and amazing, and so I want to take lessons with him while I'm there, and also take some masterclasses, but if you show up at a masterclass or lesson with a photocopy, they'd probably spend your entire time slot lecturing you on why photocopying is the most terrible thing in the world, and/or kick you off the stage, haha. I've seen this happen before. Also, many of my pieces of music I have had for years, and so it would be heartbreaking and weird to play off some weird photocopy or something that doesn't have all my markings and everything on it in original pencil.
Do you guys think shipping it over is the best option? I mean, when I've moved in the past, I just put it in sturdy boxes and put it in the car/van/whatever, but obviously I can't do that this time! My sheet music is very important to me - my major in undergrad and grad school was flute, and I'm definitely going to keep it going while I'm in Japan, and try to perform as much as I can, so I'll definitely need my original copies.
And that's awesome about the traditional instruments - have you all considered the shamisen? It's a great string instrument. I'm really interested in learning the shakuhachi flute and plan on doing so when I get to Japan.
And I'm totally down for starting a JET band, if you'll let a flute player in, LOL.
and ljoekelsoey4 - maybe your school will have a piano you can use sometimes! A digital piano might be the way to go, though. Maybe you can find a used one for fairly cheap. Are you a classical pianist? Flute/piano duo?! LOL