Japanese Traditional Music: Koto Class

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. Be introduced to the basics of how this instrument is played, and receive a koto music sheet of the most famous Japanese song Sakura, “Cherry Blossom.” Beginners and intermediate students are welcome! 

2018 – 2019 SCHEDULE

Saturdays, 5-week sessions
Beginners: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Session 1    January 5, 12, 19, 26, February. 2
Session 2    February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16
Session 3    April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 (Sold Out)

Beginners Register Here

Wednesdays, 5-week sessions
Intermediate: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Session 1    October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 2    November 7, 14, December 5, 12, 19
Session 3    January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6
Session 4    February 20, 27, March 6, 13, April 3
Session 5    April 12 (*Friday), 17, 24, May 1, 8

(dates in red changed from what’s printed in the education program guide)

Intermediate Register Here



  • 5-week Session: $155 ($150 members)
  • Class sessions run 5-weeks and are purchased as a “session only”, not individual classes.

*Intermediate level is for students with experience in koto.

Morikami Theater

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


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.