What we do

Kotonoha koto×syo

  • Organization : Fukuda Yasuko
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single Individual
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


Fukuda creates a unique new perspective on the world by fusing Jiuta koto performance and kana calligraphy. Together with deeply knowledgeable explanations of the lyrics by the calligrapher Nemoto Satoshi, using song and calligraphy to deepen understanding of the history of the Japanese language and of the lyrics heightens the imaginative powers of the audience so it can immerse itself in the world of the song.
Moreover, the autumn leaves in the garden of the venue Yanagisawa House, the natural breeze, the sounds in the air, and the birdsong audible from the performance space with its windows open further enhances the performance, which incorporates many depictions and expressions of nature.
Organizers hope this performance will create a new form of cultural transmission by featuring different aspects of Japanese culture together, and tying them to the passing-on of traditional culture.


Koto Shamisen Performer Fukuda Yasuko
Tokyo University of the Arts doctoral course graduate. After completing her studies, she worked as a part-time lecturer and educational research assistant at the same university. To date she has performed overseas in China, the UK, and Russia. In terms of both the research and performance of koto music, Fukuda puts her efforts into promoting koto music with a view to the promulgation of traditional Japanese music, not only in Japan but also overseas. Fukuda arranges collaborations with other fields of Japanese culture, incorporating diverse thoughts and ideas and constantly aiming to capture new audiences and make music that broadens audiences’ horizons through multicultural exchange. She also supports the next generation of performers.


Yanagisawatei,Setagaya City,Tokyo