Koto: Beginner & Intermediate

Japanese Traditional Music
Saturday Sessions

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 of how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class.

2023 Schedule

  • Days: Saturday sessions
  • Beginner*: 10:30 am -12:30 pm
  • Intermediate**: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm


  • Session 1: October 7, 14,  21, 28, Nov 4 (5-week session)

Class Details


  • $155 ($150 members)  – 5 week session

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


  • *Beginners of all levels are welcome
  • **Intermediate class is for students with experience in koto


  • 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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