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The Obon Festival is noon to 8 p.m. July 22-23, featuring Japanese food, Taiko drumming, cultural demonstrations, farmer’s market, koto performance, boutique items and game booths for children.
Regular demonstrations include koto (Japanese harp) playing, wearing of the yukata (Japanese kimono) and chado (the Way of Tea).
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A Japanese musical instrument, the koto is a long zither with movable bridges and usually 13 strings. It lies on the ground or a low table, and the strings are plucked by picks worn on the fingers of the right hand while the left hand alters the pitch or ornaments the sound of individual strings by pressing or manipulating them. It is played solo, in chamber ensembles, especially with the shakuhachi (a bamboo flute) and the samisen (a three-stringed instrument resembling a banjo), and in gagaku music, the traditional court and religious music of Japan. The koto is Japan's national instrument.
Origin and Etymology of koto
First Known Use: 1795See Words from the same year
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