Henry johnsons the koto a traditional instrument in contemporary japan will appeal to a wide spectrum of musical instrument specialists and to generalists interested in japanese music and culture lavishly illustrated and abundantly annotated this book is an object of beauty as well as a scholarly resource. After a woefully long absence of new scholarly works in english on japanese music particularly on music for the koto henry johnsons the koto a traditional instrument in contemporary japan is a welcome addition to the present literature in western languages. The koto a traditional instrument in contemporary japan by henry johnson the koto is a unique japanese musical instrument it has a history in japan of over 1200 years and today does much to represent japans traditional past. The koto is one of the most popular traditional instruments in japan and one of the best known outside of that country although many people think of it as an ancient instrument whose music has not changed for generations in fact it is a vibrant living tradition
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