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Dinner with Koto Playing by Japanese High School Students Visiting from Japan

Dear members,

It's a small world again. I created a website for Ms. Yoko Awaya, renowned Koto player/instructor in South Bay and have helped her concerts. Last month someone from Yamanashi prefecture in Japan contacted us through the site asking to borrow some kotos from her for the performance by two high school students visiting from Kofu, Yamanashi-ken.

Ms. Awaya kindly agreed to lend them her kotos and when I told my friend in Japan who's been helping me with editing photos, etc, he was surprised to learn the students are from the same high school he attended long time ago...

The students won a contest in Japan and Los Angeles Yamanashi Kenjinkai is in charge of arranging their performances here in LA during their short stay in August. One of the places they will play at is this popular Japanese noodle restaurant called Sanuki no Sato which has been voted the most favorite noodle place by Japanese residents in LA.

Sanuki No Sato

18206 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90248

Mainly noodle place, but they have extensive menu:

On the night of Aug 18th from 6 to 6:30pm you can have a dinner listening to the beautiful koto sound. For the people who have no idea what Koto is:

"The koto () is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, similar to the Chinese zheng, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The koto is the national instrument of Japan.[1] Koto are about 180 centimetres (71 in) length, and made from kiri wood (Paulownia tomentosa). They have 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks (on thumb, index finger, and middle finger) to pluck the strings."

See you there,


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  • ChristopherK

    Very nice crowd of all ages and demographics. Fun, friendly conversation. Excellent koto players! 4 hours zoomed by.

    August 19, 2012

  • Louis

    Thanks Sally for arranging a fantastic dinner and Koto concert for us. I really enjoyed the music, the restaurant and meeting the nice people at the dinner. This is the 3rd time I've seen Koto players, and it is amazing every time.

    August 19, 2012

  • Mike

    Is there any chance to join the waiting list? Thank you

    August 18, 2012

  • Sally

    Hi Christopher, I made a reservation for 8 people in a private Tatami room (with the leg room underneath so you don't need to do Seiza))

    August 11, 2012

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