Koto (koto - 琴 or 箏)

The koto is a traditional Japanese string musical instrument which originates from China. It has 13 strings which are played with the fingers. Unlike a harp it is played horizontally. The koto is certainly the instrument which gives Japanese traditional music it's so distinctive sound.


Lady playing the koto - end of 19th century photo [source]
Detail of a koto [source]




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