Saturday, August 30, 2008
Japanese influence in San Francisco remains strong.
On a cool day in August, a group of koto players set up in Yerba Buena Gardens just south of Market Street in San Francisco.
We had visited the Contemporary Jewish Museum nearby, and when we wandered out the sweet tinkly sounds of five or six koto players wafted towards us.
A mix of tourists, business people, homeless, and young people stretched out on the lawn facing the small amphitheater. There was a short bit of explanation between each song. Then the women set off on their ethereal songs.
The group in this free lunch-time concert was the Sawai Koto School, which was founded in 1979 by Kazue Sawai.