Japanese Instruments Koto Music

The koto (琴 or 箏) is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, similar to the Chinese guzheng. The koto is the national instrument of Japan.Koto are about 180 centimetres (71 in) width, and made from kiri wood (Paulownia tomentosa). They have 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks (on thumb, index finger, and middle finger) to pluck the strings.

Koto Playing Arashiyama Kyoto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBe8jIJQgaUv

Koto & Shakuhachi Japanese Traditional Music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJrDFKaM-Mkv

Japanese Traditional Koto Song ” SANKA ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgs4qq_ZsfEv

25 Strings Koto – Haruyo Haruyo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkgZK8i9d04v

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