If anyone was destined to become a koto player, that person has to be Hikaru Sawai. The son of the late Tadao Sawai and the world renowned koto player Kazue Sawai, he learnt from a young age, studied at all the right places (Toho Academy of Fine Arts for Children) but then decided he wanted to be a rock guitarist. However it wasn't long before he was lured back into the koto world, performing with his father, and eventually becoming head of the Sawai Koto Institute upon his father's death in 1997. Like his father, he is becoming known as a composer as well as a performer, and on his second album he showcases six compositions including Rock Garden Prologue, Illusion, Aka no Irodori and Rock Garden Epilogue. Sawai plays the 17 stringed koto and standard koto and sangen (shamisen).