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Celebrating the Cherry Blossom Season with the Toho Koto Society Ensemble

Residents from The Fountains at Washington House were mesmerized by the soothing and relaxing music during the performance of The Washington Toho Koto Society Ensemble. Koto is a thirteen-string zither, producing an evocative sound recognized in Japanese surveys as the most distinctively Japanese voice in Japan’s spectrum of musical instruments. The six-foot long zither is made of paulownia wood with movable bridges supporting thirteen strings which are plucked with three ivory picks worn on the right hand. The left hand also manipulates the strings to create more varied sounds. Our performers, led by Yuriko Gandolfo with Sachiko Smith and Maiko Daizon, introduced us to Japanese music. The sounds are so tranquil and Koto explained how he works to create the beautiful sound. They performed basic Japanese music to modern music wearing their traditional Kimono outfits.

After the concert, the musicians offered the residents to come up and try the instrument to make the experience more meaningful.

The Fountains at Washington House - Japanese Music
Koto Ensemble, Video 1

The Fountains at Washington House - Japanese Music
Koto Ensemble, Video 2

The Fountains at Washington House - Japanese Music
Koto Ensemble, Video 3

The Fountains at Washington House - Japanese Music
Koto Ensemble, Video 4

The Fountains at Washington House - Japanese Music
Koto Ensemble, Video 5

The Fountains at Washington House - Japanese Music
Koto Ensemble, Video 6

The Fountains at Washington House - Japanese Music
Koto Ensemble, Video 7

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