National instrument of Japan to be featured Aug. 15 at Anderson Gardens

Staff Report

Anderson Japanese Gardens will host Sensei Takako Bassett of the Spring Valley Koto Ensemble at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, for a lecture about the Koto and its music.

The Koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument made of Asian paulownia wood, is the national instrument of Japan. Sensei Bassett will discuss the Koto’s significance in Japanese culture, explain the process of making the instrument, and will demonstrate how to play the Koto.

Admission is free to members of Anderson Japanese Gardens and $5 for non-members. Reservations are requested by contacting Sara at (815) 316-3307 or

Anderson Japanese Gardens hosts lectures on the third Thursday of each month through October, and the second Tuesday of November starting at 7 p.m.

Bassett earned her Koto teaching certificate from the Master Shoin Yamase in Tokyo. She is a member of the Nihon Snkyoku in Kyokai, Japan, and the Yamada Koto Schools Association in Tokyo. She has been actively promoting the Koto and its music with her group, the Spring Valley Koto Ensemble, and through her solo performances.

Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named the highest-quality Japanese garden in North America by Sukiya Living magazine since 2004. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12-acre award-winning landscape is composed of koi-filled ponds, winding pathways, gentle streams, plunging waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully-trained pines and more. Master craftsmanship and 16th-century traditional architecture are found throughout.

Call (815) 229-9390 for more details, or visit

From the Aug. 14-20, 2013, issue

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