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Tracing it's origins to the Chinese Zheng, the Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument. The koto is the national instrument of Japan, and measures at about 180 centimeters, or 71 Inches, in length. The Koto usually has 13 strings (though there are 17 stringed variants), and is made from kiri wood. Players can adjust the strings and play using their thumb, index, and middle fingers. While the sound may not be as popular today due to Western pop-music influence, the Koto is still finding success in various genres and still is beloved by many in Japan. The Koto also spawned similar instruments, such as the shamisen and kin. The koto usually is used to serenade or company a tea ceremony, providing a relaxing and calming atmosphere.
Enjoy the sounds of the Koto while on vacation with Japan Deluxe Tours during a tea ceremony on our best-selling line of small-group tours and trips. Customize your tour with our affordable range of day-trips to include a koto performance in Japan's traditional capital of Kyoto.
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