"YOU CAN PLAY KOTO" DVD
Koto instructional DVD in English - 34 mins.
Learn to play Japanese koto with this koto instruction video!

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Includes:
  • How to care for your koto
  • Parts of the koto
  • How to make & wear your picks
  • Proper playing positions
  • How to tune your koto
  • Basic koto techniques
  • How to play 2 songs: Kazoe Uta & Sakura

   

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Jazz with an Asian flavor!

East West is:
Reiko Obata - Koto, bass koto
Jimmy Patton - Acoustic & electric guitar, guitar/synth, percussion
Louisa West - Flute, alto flute, piccolo
Bill Andrews - Acoustic bass
Russell Bizzett - Drums
 

   

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1991 out-of-print CD with compositions
and arrangements by Reiko Obata and
flutist/clarinetist Robert Williams.

 
 
Koto Player Reference Manual

THE KOTO PLAYER'S REFERENCE MANUAL (eBook only)

The first English-language detailed reference manual for koto players. This 138-page eBook contains a wide variety of information including koto technique, Japanese music terms and notation, and how to decipher a Japanese koto score. For koto players of all levels, students and teachers alike.

Click here for more information and to buy.


 

All books and sheet music below available at KotoSchool.com.

 
 
Sound of Kiri and Returning Song

SOUND OF KIRI &
RETURNING SONG

NEW!!

"Sound of Kiri" and "Returning Song," two pieces for solo koto composed by Reiko Obata. In Japanese notation on Western staff.

Songs:
Sound of Kiri
Returning Song


 
 
Return to the Sea and Furin

RETURN TO THE SEA &
FURIN (WIND CHIMES)

NEW!!

"Return to the Sea" and "Furin (Wind Chimes)," two pieces for solo koto composed by Reiko Obata. In Japanese notation on Western staff.

Songs:
Return to the Sea
Furin (Wind Chimes)


 
 
Classical Wedding Duets Book

CLASSICAL WEDDING DUETS FOR KOTO & SOLO INSTRUMENT BOOK

12 Classical Wedding Duets for Koto and Flute, Violin or Other C Instrument arranged by Reiko Obata. This first volume contains 12 wedding standards appropriate for prelude, ceremony and reception music, most of which can also be used for other occasions. Designed for players of all levels. All pieces in Western notation with string numbers. Includes separate performance parts for the solo instrument.

Songs include: Bridal Chorus, Variations on Pachelbel's Canon, Processional, and Wedding March.


 
 
Koto Gig Book

THE KOTO GIG BOOK (eBook only)

"The Koto Gig Book" offers koto players a step-by-step guide to the world of koto gigging. This book is loaded with information about every aspect of live koto performance: the good, the bad, and the ugly! It covers everything from how to get and prepare for gigs, to attire, etiquette, contracts, and -- most importantly -- payment! Whether you are brand new to the gigging world or a seasoned performer, this book contains valuable information about all types of gigs from concerts to background music, including weddings.


 
 
Christmas Songs for Koto music book

CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR KOTO

2nd Edition!!

Updated, easier-to-read formatting!

Arranged by Reiko Obata, 15 songs for the holiday season in Western notation with string numbers, including "Carol of the Bells," "Greensleeves," "O Tannenbaum," and "Silent Night."


 
 
Funeral & Memorial Service Music for Koto

FUNERAL & MEMORIAL SERVICE MUSIC FOR KOTO

Arranged by Reiko Obata, 12 songs for solo koto in Western notation with string numbers, appropriate for secular or religious services. Songs: Amazing Grace, Aura Lea, Danny Boy, Dona Nobis Pacem, Largo, Morning Has Broken, Canon, Poor Wayfarin' Stranger, Red Sails, Slane, St. Anthony Chorale, To a Wild Rose.


 
 
Japanese Melodies for Koto music book

JAPANESE MELODIES FOR KOTO

Arranged by Reiko Obata, 10 traditional and popular Japanese melodies for solo koto in Western notation with string numbers. First ever book of its kind. Songs: "Akatonbo," "Hama Chidori," "Imayo," "Komoriuta," "Kuroda Bushi," "Momiji," "Sakura," "Sukiyaki," "Theme from Rokudan," and "Usagi."

 

  • Reiko Obata - Koto

    Japanese American koto performer Reiko Obata based in San Diego, California plays traditional and contemporary Japanese koto music. To book a performance, Contact Reiko.

  • Obata International Koto School

    Based in the U.S., the Obata International Koto School offers online courses through video and webcam as well as a certification program.