The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument originally developed in the 16th century. Made of wood, the koto is comprised of 13 strings strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. It is played by plucking the strings using three finger picks (or plectra).
Enjoy this recording of Bach’s Two-Part Invention No. 13 arranged by Norio Maeda, featuring Tadao Sawai, first koto; Kazue Sawai, second koto; Hozan Yamamoto, shakuhachi; Sadanori Nakamure, guitar; Tatsuro Takomoto, bass and Takeshi Inomata, drums.