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Soushunan

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Far from the madding crowd

The lesson with Harumi was a wonderful and memorable experience. Her house is beautiful, her... read more

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Phyn_66
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Fremantle, Australia
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What a fantastic way to spend a little time to try a new instrument! I’m not musically talented at... read more

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Soushunan, a 110 years old Machiya, is a traditional wooden townhouse.Here you can experience playing the Koto, which is a traditional Japanese instrument and indispensable for formal ceremonies in Japan.Harumi Shimazaki, who is a professional...more
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288-2 Higashishimmeicho, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8162, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
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Reviewed yesterday

The lesson with Harumi was a wonderful and memorable experience. Her house is beautiful, her teaching is patient and precise, and the quiet and intimacy of the private lesson was a perfect antidote to the almost overwhelming crowds at the tourist sites. Harumi is a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic way to spend a little time to try a new instrument! I’m not musically talented at all. But, Harumi really took her time to explain each step and most importantly it was great fun! Thank you

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I actually took two koto lessons while visiting Kyoto and I can say that my lesson with Ms. Shimazaki was by far the best one. It wasn't only about sharing her knowledge about the playing and history of koto. It was also her wonderful energy...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear.Zacbe, Thank you for visiting Soushunan! Ynou have good skill at playing Koto. We are happy if you come back to Kyoto and try Koto again! Thank you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife (non-musician) and myself (multi-instrumentalist) had a fabulous time here. They tailored the experience brilliantly so we both felt challenged and with a real sense of accomplishment. Thoroughly recommended

Date of experience: March 2019
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear.Christ, Thank you for visiting Soushunan. We are happy to know you enjoyed our Koto lesson. If you have chance to come back to Kyoto,we hope to meet you and enjoy Koto together again! Thank you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I study music so I am quite interested in this experience. Me and my other two friends went there together and we had lesson together. We learnt three songs, which are "Sakura", a song about cotton spinning and "Satogokoro". We were taught the basic gestures...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear.Vivian, Thank you for visiting Soushunan! We are happy to enjoy Koto with you. We are looking forward to meet you again soon! Have a nice trip in Japan! Thank you.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with my friends. Harumi is very friendly and willing to teach us a lot. She performed some songs to us. It was amazing. She also introduced us some background information of Koto. Very informative and great experience. It helps me know more...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear.kuhakuyuki, Thank you for visiting Soushunan and play Koto! We are happy to know you enjoyed our Koto lesson.We are looking forward to meet you soon! Thank you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Japanese culture has influenced and fascinated me since my early teenage years. When I became a university student I decided to buy a koto out of love for the instrument's pure sound however in the UK there are not many teachers so I spent time...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear.Nemekh, Thank you for visiting Soushunan for Koto lesson. You are really good at playing Koto! We hope to see you again soon. Thank you.

Reviewed December 23, 2018

I was really nervous before coming but it turns out there was no need! Harumi was a wonderful and cute teacher and was able to explain the koto very thoroughly to my sister and I. She also shared alot about the koto and Japanese culture...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2019

Dear.Kenishatan. Hi!Thank you for visiting Soushunan! You and your sister are both very good at playing Koto,and we can enjoy Koto so much. I hope you two will have other chance to try Koto again! We hope to see you soon again. Thank you! Harumi

Reviewed November 24, 2018

I've been interested in the koto ever since I discovered my favorite manga, Kono Oto Tomare!, which is all about a koto club. I was very excited to learn a little bit of koto, and the lesson was even more exciting than I anticipated! Harumi...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear.edchandran, Thank you for visiting Soushunan. We are happy if you enjoyed Koto and have been interested in Koto more! We are looking forward to meet you again soon. Thank you.

Reviewed November 19, 2018

Harumi is a great teacher and I had the luck to play with her mother who taught her. Very nice experience in an old atmospheric house.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2018

Dear.Mr.Jaan, Thank you for visiting Soushunan! You really enjoy Koto and play it very hard.It was so happy for us. We hope to see you again soon! Thank you so much! Harumi

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