Koto Society director Mrs. Okamoto

Kyoko Okamoto is a graduate of the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies.  She was certified as Teacher of Koto following completion of her training in the Ikuta school of koto in Japan.   She teaches privately in the Washington metropolitan area and holds faculty appointments at the University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore County campuses, and the George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.  Her lecture/demonstrations and recitals have attracted college and community audiences in the Midwest, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic states.  She has recorded for film productions by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra, and with other groups of Western musicians.

The picture below shows members of the Society playing at a State Dinner given by the Emperor and Empress of Japan for then- Vice President George Bush and other members of the Reagan Administration.