The koto (箏) | a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, similar to the Chinese zheng, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Photo by Stéphane Barbery

The koto (箏) | a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, similar to the Chinese zheng, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Photo by Stéphane Barbery

The Guzheng, a plucked string instrument, is one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments. It belongs to the zither family and it is the parent instrument of the Japanese Koto, Korean Kayagum, Mongolian Yatag and Vietnamese dan tranh. It has a long history which can date back to more than 2,500 years ago in the Warring Period. The earliest versions were made of a bamboo frame and silk strings.

The Guzheng, a plucked string instrument, is one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments. It belongs to the zither family and it is the parent instrument of the Japanese Koto, Korean Kayagum, Mongolian Yatag and Vietnamese dan tranh. It has a long history which can date back to more than 2,500 years ago in the Warring Period. The earliest versions were made of a bamboo frame and silk strings.

Japanese instrument, Koto 琴. seems very similar to gayageum, except for the obvious fact that it's Japanese. The timbre is slightly different though. :)

Japanese instrument, Koto 琴. seems very similar to gayageum, except for the obvious fact that it's Japanese. The timbre is slightly different though. :)

Koto Music Notation ~ KOTO MUSIC, COLLECTION OF 40 KOTO SONGS COMPOSED BY MIJI SHINSHI TO POETRY BY OSAWA YAMATOSHI AND YATSUHASHI KENGYO  YAMADA SHOKOKU: THE KOTO INSTRUMENT, BUILDING, TUNING AND THE ART OF PLAYING IT.

Koto Music Notation ~ KOTO MUSIC, COLLECTION OF 40 KOTO SONGS COMPOSED BY MIJI SHINSHI TO POETRY BY OSAWA YAMATOSHI AND YATSUHASHI KENGYO YAMADA SHOKOKU: THE KOTO INSTRUMENT, BUILDING, TUNING AND THE ART OF PLAYING IT.

Vintage Elegant Japanese Geshia Kimono Doll Figure Playing Koto Instrument | eBay

Vintage Elegant Japanese Geshia Kimono Doll Figure Playing Koto Instrument | eBay

This circa 1880s-90s Geisha is standing next to Japan’s “National Musical Instrument” — the KOTO

This circa 1880s-90s Geisha is standing next to Japan’s “National Musical Instrument” — the KOTO

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