The koto is the Japanese floor zither, usually with 13 silk or nylon strings and a body made from paulownia wood, one piece of which is hollowed to form a sound box. At the end of the 17th century, Kengyo Ikuta founded a style of koto playing based on jiuta shamisen. He combined koto with shamisen (until this time it was used to accompany vocals) and emphasized the instrumental part. Later in Ikuta music, a second koto solo line was added, known as kyomono.The Ikuto koto itself is longer and narrower than the standard modern koto. Toshiko Yonekawa is a Living National Treasure, now 92 years old. This CD contains 6 tracks from the Ikuta repertory.