Utagawa Toyokuni Koto Player

Drawing of a Koto Player and a Ninja

This image is by Utagawa Toyokuni, an japanese ukiyo-e artist. He was born in 1769 in Edo, which is now Tokyo He is most noted for his paintings of Kabuki actors. You can read more about him here.

Koto: The Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument with 13 strings strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. String pitches can be changed by moving these bridges before playing. Three finger picks are used to pluck the strings.. It is the national instrument of Japan. You can read more about Koto here. Listen to a Koto player here.

Mushin: The mind of no mind

This image is in the public domain because the copyright has expired.