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Japanese Harp | Akino + Yoshino Watanabe and Sumie Kaneko

Akino & Yoshino Watanabe and Sumie Kaneko

Akino Watanabe, an eighth grader who is passionate about bridging Eastern and Western culture through her music, joined her younger sister, first grader Yoshino, on stage at TEDxBeaconStreet to perform traditional music on the koto, a Japanese stringed instrument. Let the Watanabe sisters, along with their koto teacher, Sumie Kaneko, transport you to another time and place with their emotionally stirring recital of “Sakura Fantasy” and “Seven Autumn Flowers.” The striking sound of the centuries old instruments conveys intensity, mirrored on the faces of these young musicians whose mastery of the art has led them to perform at Harvard University Kennedy School and Tufts University.