Sunday, April 4, 2010

Japan Day 2010 (Part 1)

Koto- Japanese Harp

Japanese girls playing Koto

23rd Annual Japan Day- April 3, 2010 Collocated Club, Misawa Air Base

I had a great time last Saturday on Japan Day, it's truly indeed another great experience to see and watch Japanese culture. There were lots of booths which displayed different arts, music and crafts such as the exhibitions of Noh Mask, bonsai, embroidery, Japanese paper dolls, ikebana (flower arrangements), kimono wearing, pressed flower arts, making of paper planes, sand art, lantern painting, kite painting, calligraphy and more!

One of the booths that struck my attention was the Koto Music which was on the lobby along with the bonsai display. Though I missed their performance I stayed in front of them and watched them teaching American kids on how to use the instrument. I was gonna ask them to teach me but I didn't bother I have to go around other booths to see more of their cultures ;-) and to take more pictures hehehe.

Koto is a traditional Japanese string instrument from China. It is the national instrument of Japan and it's about 180cm or 71 inches long and made from Kiri wood. It has 13 strings and can be plucked by using 3 finger picks (thumb, indez finger and middle finger).

I will post more of my pictures soon.


Mildred said...

Oh that sounds like a wonderful visit and your pictures are extraordinary. Thank you so much for sharing part of your world with me! Have a nice day.

bertN said...

I'm looking forward to more pics from you on Japan Day.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I find it odd that this supposedly traditional Japanese instrument actually come from China. But I'm curious how this sounds like.

Missy said...

Mildred- thanks for always visitng my blog, it's a good feeling when you share your pictures with my viewers ;-)

bertN- sorry took me so long to post again hehehe, been so busy lately

Nomadic- sounds like harp too LOL, for me when I hear japanese songs they seem like the same because of their melody and rhythm hehehe

Reena said...

i dnt know how to play any musical instruments. so i'm always at awe seeing traditional intruments being played.

Missy said...

Reena- I can play some musical instruments but I'm not good at them LOL (guitar, "bandurya" and piano), I can't finish any it's always just the intro or start of the song :-)

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

i miss you missy, where are you??

i love your shoot outs of japanese playing koto. it's also one of the famous instrument in china and i love to see how musicians work their hands with it..