Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Tokyo Koto

Tokyo Koto Photo

To be tuned to players Eabilit y, alwaysunique in the world.
As one of the traditional musical instruments of Japan, Tokyo Koto (thirteen-stringed musical instrument)was created as an origin of current type in the 18th century, and has been improved through its history. Tokyo Koto’s beautiful sound and resonance was attained after studying of its length, thickness and curvature, increasing loudness, as well as making clearer tone by using larger Kotozume (finger plectrum). The excellent Koto, ideal to the Tokyo Koto, is one which craftsmen, players and music stores dealing them will be satisfied with. Based on the player’s request, acraftsman manufactures Koto according to the player’s skill and proficiency level so that the ideal sound will be created. The extent of curbing the Kora (shell) part of the body changes the sound, thus this process is very important. The material of Kora, paulownia wood, has different hardness and texture according to its producing center and environment, and a long-trained craftsman cuts inside the body while adjusting the thickness. To enhance the beauty of the wood surface by checking annual rings and cut ends of a paulownia wood, acraftsman startsa finishing processwith the complete product in mind. Such craftsmen’s sensitivity is devoted to Koto manufacturing, and a unique sound is created from the cooperation between craftsmen and players.
Tokyo Japanese Musical Instruments Association
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