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Osaka, Japan

Koto - The “Japanese Harp”
Koto - The “Japanese Harp”
Koto - The “Japanese Harp”
Koto - The “Japanese Harp”
Koto - The “Japanese Harp”
Koto - The “Japanese Harp”
Koto - The “Japanese Harp”
Koto - The “Japanese Harp”

Koto - The “Japanese Harp”





Learn the history of Koto and the connection of this instrument with people who are visually impaired.
Learn how to play “Sakura, sakura”,one of the most famous traditional Japanese folk songs.
The teacher will perform the opening theme song (Gurenge) from the first season of the anime “Demon Slayer”.


The instrument was introduced in Japan in the 7th century, until the Meiji period koto was popular within aristocratic circles, loosening influence when western musical styles started to influence Japanese culture. But increasing popularity again through Japanese rock bands who mix electric guitars with Japanese traditional instruments such as koto, shamisen, taiko and flutes.

Let’s enjoy the beautiful tones of Koto!

Who This Experience Is Good For

Recommended for people who are into music and Japanese culture.

Meet Our Local Host 

Satoko Hayashi

She started playing the koto at the age of 5, studying under Ikuta-ryu Sokyoku Hafukai Dai Shihan Kiyo Onishi.

From the age of 20, she studied under Michiko Nakamura, assistant head of the Ikuta-ryu Koto School of Kuyakuhafu-kai.

She obtained her associate master's degree at the age of 26.

She opened her classroom at the age of 30.

She got her Shihan at the age of 32.

In addition to classes, she also holds hotel performances, international exchanges, school classes, live performances, and workshops.

She connects with a wide range of people and spreads Japanese culture.

Instruments played: koto (13 strings), (17 strings), and sangen (shamisen).

Performance songs: Different genres such as classics, contemporary, pops, and commercial songs.


Start time: 2:00 pm Meet Ken in front of the entrance of “BLUE Motomachi”.
- Walk 10 minutes to Ashiharabashi Station.
- Ride 7 stops to Tenma Station with Osaka Loop Line(JR).
- Short walk
- Ride 1 stop to Minamimorimachi Station with Sakaisuji Line (Brown K-Line).
- Short walk through Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street.
- 3:00pm start of Koto class.
- 4:00pm end of the class.

What’s Included

koto instrument and the ivory plectrums 
Take videos and pictures from the experience.

What’s Not Included

Public Transportation (¥380 - Round Trip)

Know Before You Go

Minimum Needed: 4 people
Maximum Capacity: 6 people
Booking Deadline: 11 days before event
Weather Dependent: No
Difficulty Level: Easy
Special Clothing Required: No.
Special Dietary Requirements:
Extra Cash: Needed for public transportation (¥760 - Round Trip)
Ground Transportation: Not included, but we will ride public transport together
Additional Information:  N/A
Liabilities: The liability for any injury, loss, or damage incurred by participants is not assumed by Remote Year or its affiliates.



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