The history of Koto

Nara period


Koto was introduced from China about 1300 years ago.


Azuchi-Momoyama period


A priest named Kenjun developed the Tukushi-style koto and composed Kumiuta.


Edo Period


Yatsuhashi Kengyo (1614-1684), who was blind, learned the Tukushi style and made the foundation. Classical music famous for koto

He composed “Six Tone” and changed the tuning method to “Flat Tone”.

筝曲 ♪ 六段 ♪ Koto music

present day


The Ikuta-ryu “Michio Miyagi” (1894-1956) developed the 17-string harp(Vase) and composed the song “Spring Sea”, which is so famous for koto. It became a song known all over the world.


筝曲 ♪ 春の海 ♪ Koto music



“Genchi Hisamoto” (1903-1976) and “Kinichi Nakanoshima” (1904-1984) have inherited that trend, leaving famous songs.


Famous songs composed by Hisamoto Genchi are “Three-tone” and “Leap”.

I was good at this “leap” song and played it at the recital.


琴演奏 飛躍 Japanese Koto Music "Hiyaku"


Kinichi Nakanoshima representative works are “Three Fragments” and “Bleached Fantasy”, a modern Japanese music composer strongly inspired by Western music, trying to reform a classical koto with a rutted musical structure throughout his life.

He left many excellent works. Important intangible cultural property holder, living national treasure.


箏曲 三つの断章 (Mittu-no-Dansyo KOTO MUSIC)