What you'll do
Koto is one of the most traditional instruments in Japan. I'll be more than happy to show you how to play this historical 13-stringed instrument. First, you will enjoy a welcome koto performance. Then, wearing three picks on your fingers, you'll try the koto while playing "Sakura Sakura," one of the most famous traditional Japanese folk songs, often sung as a song to represent Japan. After practicing, you'll enjoy an ensemble with another koto or recorder. Apart from enjoying the koto, you'll also try to play the PVC shakuhachi, which produces an amazing sound, and I'll introduce you to other musical instruments such as the sangen (or shamisen). I will perform another western tune on koto, if you like. Finally, we'll take some pictures wearing a red happi—a straight-sleeved coat often worn at Japanese festivals. You will surely have nice pictures as a memory of Japan.
Koto has always been part of my life. My mother, who is president of this NPO and received the Kitakyushu City Cultural Contribution Award in 2013, has been teaching koto and shamisen for more than 45 years. So I have been listening to and learning koto since I was a child. Since we started working and playing hand-in-hand, we have received the Encouragement Prize of the 8th DAEP Artist Concert in 2009 and the Encouragement Prize of Nagatani Kengyo Contest in 2009.
About the organization
NPO Wagakukeimei (NPO法人和楽啓明）
Wagakukeimei was established in 2015. It promotes the development of art and culture by providing opportunities for the general public to understand and appreciate Japanese musical instruments and traditional music, and by training core human resources who support it and pass on the skills.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to NPO Wagakukeimei (NPO法人和楽啓明）.
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Where you'll be
This experience will be held at NPO Wagakukeimei Office, which is on the sixth floor of the apartment building Kobaidai Haitsu. There is a small tatami-floored room as well as a western style room. After meeting at the Kobai 3 Chome bus stop, we will walk for one or two minutes to the room. Children often play outside. You will meet the local people and learn something local and about daily Japanese life.
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Fri, Oct 25 From 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.
$44 per person
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Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 5 guests ages 10 and up can attend.
I speak a little English, but not so well, not so fluent. I am out of town for a while. I will answer back as soon as I get home.
Play the Japanese koto with a musician