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Japanese stringed instrument that resembles a zither

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Most English dictionaries describe the koto as a zither, but that sounds entirely too Germanic for such a distinctively Asian instrument - and for the haunting, meditative music it produces, particularly in combination with the shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute).
Koto has been part of Japanese court ensembles for more than 1,000 years.
Then one day, in the records collection of a library where she worked part time, she found a recording of a traditional Japanese koto piece.
"I was a schoolteacher full time, and I also studied koto very seriously," she says.
Dazai spent four or five years studying at Shofu-kai, a traditional koto school.