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Sakura Sakura
by Kimio Eto
Word on the street is that in Tokyo the cherry blossoms, while not in full bloom, are beginning to open. It's happening quickly and will be over almost as quickly.

With that, here's a version of "Sakura Sakura" by Kimio Eto.

Eto began his musical training at the age of eight with the renowned koto master Michio Miyagi. When he was eleven, Eto composed his first work and by the age of sixteen, he had received three consecutive grand prizes as an artist and composer from the national ministry and guild.

Eto moved to the United States in the 1950s with the intention to popularize the koto in the Western world. By the mid-1960s, he became a well-known figure in United States music recitals and concerts. He worked most notably with the American composer Henry Cowell on his Concerto for Koto and Orchestra, on which Eto was a soloist playing alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski at the Philadelphia Academy of Music in December 1964.

For those playing along at home, the Cherry Blossom forecast for Japan can be found here: https://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/
 
Posted: 17th March 2019
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