Washington Toho Koto Society along with the University of Maryland Japanese Koto
Ensemble is going to present the 50th Koto Recital on April 24th, 2022.
Kyoko Okamoto, the founder of Washington Toho Koto Society established in 1971, has
been teaching Koto courses at UMD as a part of Musicology & Ethnomusicology to allow
students to experience Japanese cultural aesthetics as exemplified in the traditions of Koto
As an ambassador of traditional Japanese music, the group has been performing at
numerous places including National Cherry Blossom Fesitval, the John F. Kennedy Center of
Performing Arts, and the Embassies of Japan, Germany and France over the years.
Okamoto has been awarded Foreign Affairs Award by Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi in
2003 for her contributions to the music and cultural exchange.
The recital will be open to the public with free admission.
Please join the 50th celebration of the Koto performance at the University of Maryland,