2020 / Koto Instructor Saeko Kujiraoka in Virtual Lecture and Performance Event on Sept. 18, 7:00PM

At 2019 New Year’s Day’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, Saeko Kujiraoka played the Koto on top of the Japanese garden float sponsored by Sierra Madre Rose Float Association.

Cultural News will sponsor Lecture and Performance Virtual Event about Koto via Zoom on Friday, Sept. 18, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

The first virtual lecture and performance event by Cultural News will feature Los Angeles-based Koto performer and instructor Saeko Kujiraoka.

Zoom Meeting Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83950914574?pwd=VkJUYTBhVHoxblBpa0tGRnlRWG41dz09

Zoom Meeting ID: 839 5091 4574
Zoom Passcode: 000555

Although Koto is a traditional Japanese instrument, Koto is an instrument with many possibilities. Not only used in traditional performances, but also used in various genres of music and in collaboration with other instruments.


With the title of “Discover the Charm of the Koto,” this lecture will include history and information about the Koto and Saeko’s performance videos.

Saeko Kujiraoka began studying the Ikuta technique of Koto playing in Tokyo, Japan. She received an advanced degree in Koto, Sangen (3 strings), and classical singing from the Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Japan.

In the US, she joined the Koto String Society as a member of the staff, and founded the “Koto Eda Group.”

She teaches private Koto lessons in the Los Angeles area and performs at colleges, museums and various receptions.

She is proactively involved in various collaborations.