Lie on the grass and look up at the sky.
Clouds slowly drift by.
Refreshing breezes brush against the cheeks.
Gentle sun rays.
Slow passage of time.
Moments when you appreciate all that exists.
Mind becomes blank. My existence becomes only that of the Eyes,
Ears, Scents and Skin.
Tedium that never bored.
If you can let yourself be, listening to the notes of the Koto
flowing from the speakers, then time is yours, in the world that
is all your own.
Koto is one of the stringed instruments that was introduced to us from China,
later than mid 5th century AD. However, wooden kotos have been found from
the archeological sites of the Yayoi Period (3 BC-3 AD)and there have been several
figurines of clay playing the koto found from the Kofun Period (3 AD-7 AD) as well.
By the time of the Middle Ages, koto was being played at the court either together
with other ancient court instruments or on its own as it developed into a solo
instrument. And it was soon being introduced to the general public.
So over a thousand years have passed and koto has become one of the instruments
representative of Japan. It is said that the notes made by the Japanese instruments
have sounds of nature (alive) in them. In the 25 chords of the koto, there may sounds
of the refreshing Spring breezes.
Normally we use koto with 13 chords but the recordings for this album were made
with a 25 chorded koto. Since there is a wide range of notes from the upper and
lower registers of the instrument, it may at times remind you of a harp. Again
because there are pieces with the tuning based on the Western notes, it might be
easier to familiarize yourself with the feel of the chords.
The combination of the notes produced by the 25 strings stringing up into the air
and disappearing as they will, is certain to let you forget the noise and the flux
of the city so you may have a time of relaxation and ease.