Music Lesson

Traditional Japanese instruments known as wagakki are an essential part of Japan’s cultural history. Wagakki feature prominently in various religious ceremonies, theatre, the Imperial court, and festivals. A wide variety of instruments come under the wagakki umbrella – from the reedy tones of the shakuhachi flute to the booming beat of the taiko drum, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

During this activity you will have the chance to experience playing some of the most popular traditional Japanese instruments. Try your hand at whistling a tune on the shakuhachi: with only five holes, this instrument looks easier than it is to master! However, the main event is surely trying out the koto, a traditional Japanese instrument with 13 strings. You will be guided through what makes up this instrument and some of its background as well as be shown the basics of how to play by a professional koto player.