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Excavated ancient koto 300 B.C.
Replicated ancient koto 300 B.C.
Terracotta clay figure playing koto
Excavated from 300 B.C.
Blind female practitioner
The practitioner used several instruments as a part of her practice. Koto was one of the instruments used in the ancient era.
Koto bridges are made from maple tree branches.
The oldest orchestra in world history formed in 701.
The current type of koto was imported from China about 1300 years ago. It symbolized a dragon and its parts were named after the dragon's elements.
Current type of koto
It was imported 1300 years ago from China.
Blind Father of Modern Koto.
Konkaikomyoji in Kyoto, Kurotani. Koto bridges are arranged as decorations.
Important cultural property. Built in 1633.
Located behind the Sanju-no-to on your left.
To-do-za was a Japanese guild for blind men from 14th century to 1871. The members monopolized biwa players, koto players, masseurs and acupuncturists. Kengyo was the highest rank in their hierarchical structure.
A blind performer of the Tale of the Heike along with biwa. One of the jobs given to the blind people.
Blind Founder of Yamada koto organization.
A blind practitioner of traditional Japanese massage.
A blind acupuncturist.
Mr. Michio Miyagi (1894-1956)
Blind koto master. Fahter of traditional Japanese music.
Mr. Miyagi's room. Miyagi Michio Memorial Hall Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Miyagi's cemetery
Kinuta is a stick used as an iron after the laundry. These rhythmical sounds and themes were often adapted in koto music.