Tokyo Cultural Experience
Play Traditional Instrument KOTO!
Wear Kimono and hear Japanese traditional instruments “Koto” and “Shamisen” ensemble live music. You will take a small lesson of Koto and make the ensemble playing famous “Sakura song” together♪
Experience traditional Japanese music by learning to play the “koto” in Tokyo!
It would be our pleasure to present a complimentary Koto Experience for our guests who have booked a ten or more days tour. Sure to be an unforgettable, precious experience! Please let us know if you are interested in.
What is “KOTO”?
Koto is a string instrument that was introduced from China during the Nara period (710-784). It is long body（measuring 180cm）with 13 strings. You play it wearing picks on three fingers of right hand. Koto has been played as a part of Gagaku (Shinto religious music and also ancient imperial court music and dance) orchestra since the Heian period (794 -1185).
Soukyoku which is a tune mainly played by Koto and mostly vocal music and some are instrumental music, is believed to be born as an accompaniment of singing, since Koto was used for temple art during the Middle Ages (after Heian period).
During the Edo period (1603-1868), a blind musician Yatsuhashi Kengyo composed a modern Soukyoku which was the seed of present Koto music. Soukyoku is also an origin of Shamisen song “Jiuta” which then was succeed to the followers by another blind musician.
Currently there are two major Ryuha, which are Ikuta Ryu comes from Ikuta Kengyo（1656－1715） and Yamada Ryu originated from Yamada Kengyo（1757－1817）. We belong to Ikuta Ryu.
Why not try experiencing the best of Japanese culture together with us?
※Duration: 90-120 minits
※Location : Traditional tea house in the beautiful Japanese garden (for a small group), Temple (for a small group), or Noh Gakudo theatre (for a big group).
※Meeting Point: You’ll be met by English speaking guide at Your hotel or Requested Place and transferred by private car/wagon