- Henry Johnson
Zither of Japan. The name denotes a type of koto of the Ikuta-ryū performance tradition: Ikuta (the name of the tradition); goto (koto). The instrument is basically the same as the gakusō and chikusō, except for the shape and materials of the three plectra that are worn on the player’s right-hand thumb, index, and middle fingers. In the Ikuta-ryū the plectra are made of ivory and are rectangular, plucking with a corner. The player kneels at the side by the head end, facing the highest-pitched string....