The koto is the Japanese oldest musical instrument with being a Japanese peculiar stringed instrument.
The koto had highest status in the musical instrument of the gagaku, and it was old, and it was permitted that only a high person of the rank played it.
A clay image playing the wooden koto and koto which are thought to be a model of the Koto from remains from Yayoi period to Burial Mound age excavates it.
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