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Spring 2015 Koto Concert

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts
University of Maryland

Performers pose for photographs before the concert.

Performers pose for photographs just before the concert.

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Koto Society performs the traditional piece Sakura at the 2015 spring concert.

Koto Society performs the traditional piece Sakura at the 2015 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Haru No Hikari at the 2015 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Haru No Hikari at the 2015 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Gojogen at the 2015 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Gojogen at the 2015 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Ogawa No Hotori Nite at the 2015 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Ogawa No Hotori Nite at the 2015 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Hana Wa Saku at the 2015 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Hana Wa Saku at the 2015 spring concert.

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Spring 2012 Koto Concert

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts
University of Maryland

Performers pose for photographs just before the concert.

Performers pose for photographs just before the concert.

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Koto Society performs Ehigasa ni Yosete at the 2012 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Ehigasa ni Yosete at the 2012 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Hana Hensoh Kyoku at the 2012 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Hana Hensoh Kyoku at the 2012 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Hiyaku at the 2012 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Hiyaku at the 2012 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Kagaribi at the 2012 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Kagaribi at the 2012 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Shakuhachi Honkyoku A at the 2012 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Shakuhachi Honkyoku A at the 2012 spring concert.

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Koto Society performs Kagaribi at the 2012 spring concert.

Koto Society performs Kagaribi at the 2012 spring concert.

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Spring 2009 Koto Concert

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts
University of Maryland

Performers pose for photographs just before the concert.
Photo courtesy of Howard Kreiner

Performers pose for photographs just before the concert.

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Koto Society director Mrs. Okamoto performs at the 2009 spring concert.
Photo courtesy of Howard Kreiner

Koto Society director Mrs. Okamoto performs at the 2009 spring concert.



An ensemble of koto players and a shakuhachi soloist perform a piece.
Photo courtesy of Howard Kreiner

An ensemble of koto players and a shakuhachi soloist perform a piece.

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A quartet--with three kotos and a bass koto--performs onstage.
Photo courtesy of Howard Kreiner

A quartet—with three kotos and a bass koto—performs onstage.

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Koto and shakuhachi players just before the finale.
Photo courtesy of Howard Kreiner

Koto and shakuhachi players just before the finale.

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Spring 2007 Koto Concert

Sunday, April 29, 2007
Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts
University of Maryland

Group photograph of performers and stagehands onstage just prior to concert
Photo courtesy of Paul Okamoto

Koto performers, shakuhachi players, and the concert presenter assemble onstage before the concert.



Spring 2005 Koto Concert

Sunday, April 24, 2005
Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts
University of Maryland

Group photograph of performers and stagehands onstage just prior to concert
Photo courtesy of Paul Okamoto

Koto performers, shakuhachi players, the concert presenter, and kuroko stagehands gather onstage before the concert.

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Japan-America Society's
Cherry Blossom Street Festival
(Sakura Matsuri)

Saturday, April 9, 2005
Washington, DC

Koto players onstage at 2005 Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Street Festival)


Profile view of performers playing at 2005 Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Street Festival)

Photos courtesy of Paul Okamoto

Performers grace the Pennsylvania Avenue stage on a bright April morning, sharing Japanese music with hundreds of Sakura Matsuri visitors.  This spring we enjoyed some of the most beautiful weather in years for the street festival.

Jefferson Memorial Performance

Thursday, April 7, 2005
Washington, DC

Performance in front of the Jefferson Memorial
Photo courtesy of Paul Okamoto

The view from the performance stage on the south bank of the Tidal Basin overlooking the majestic facade of the Jefferson Memorial.

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, April 3, 2005
Washington, DC

Performance by the Tidal Basin for the 2005 Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony
Photo courtesy of Paul Okamoto

Koto Society members perform on a cool spring afternoon against the tranquil backdrop of the the Tidal Basin.  This annual event is attended by Washington dignitaries, Cherry Blossom Princesses, and many others.  The Japanese stone lantern (ishi-doro) is over three-and-a-half centuries old.

University of Maryland Student Koto Recital

Friday, December 3, 2004

Students perform pieces for the end-of-semester recital, accompanied by WTKS members.
Photo courtesy of Paul Okamoto

Okamoto-sensei's students demonstrate their mastery of the koto at the end-of-semester student recital, accompanied by several veteran Koto Society members.