Koto: Beginners I

Japanese Traditional Music

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health threat, we are suspending public programs scheduled from March 16 through September 30, 2020. Morikami will continue to reevaluate and reassess as information about the virus and its impact on public health is presented.

Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. *Beginner II courses are for students with prior experience or have taken Beginner I courses.  Beginners and intermediate students are welcome! 

2019-2020 Schedule

  • Days: Saturdays, 5-week sessions
  • Beginners I: 10:30am-12:30pm


  • Session 1 Oct. 5, 12, 26, Nov. 2, 16
  • Session 2 Nov. 23, Dec. 7, 14, 21, Jan. 4
  • Session 3 Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 22
  • Session 4 Feb. 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Session 5 Apr. 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 (CANCELLED)

Class Details


  • 5-week Session: $155 ($150 members)

Note: Class sessions run 5-weeks and are purchased as a “session only,” not individual classes.


  • None


  • Morikami Theater


  • Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class.

Meet Your Instructor

Yoshiko Carlton started her koto training at the age of nine and continued her koto studies after moving to Florida with Mrs. Kyoko Okamato, founder of the Washington Toho Koto Society based in Washington D.C. She furthered her studies with renowned 25-stringed koto player, Brian Yamakoshi.  Since 1990 she has directed, mentored, and performed with the taiko drumming ensemble Fushu Daiko, in which she was a founding member. She established Yoshi no Kai, “Friends of Koto,” in 2002 for the purpose of educating and introducing koto music to the West. In 2003, she was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and in 2016 the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for her contribution in promoting Japanese culture, especially koto, to the community.

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