|The Koto first was introduced to Japan from China and Korea in the 7th Century. Initially the Koto was used exclusively by the Imperial Court. By the 17th century, its use became widespread and was enjoyed especially when accompanied by voice, Shamisen, or Shakuhachi. It is made of paulownia wood, is about six feet long and ten inches wide.
Traditional Koto has 13 strings. The strings are plucked with plectra worn on the thumb, Index and middle fingers of the right hand. Various modifications of sound are made by pressing or pulling the strings with the left hand.