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Japanese zither; stringed instrument; Western instrument
Kanji 1178

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Synopsis

The koto (Japanese zither) connects to dragons, blindness, class differences, rice paddies, marriage, and an important myth. Find out why one needs to read each 琴 in 琴の琴 with different yomi. See which natural feature in Japan was named after a type of 琴, and learn about hidden kotos in the garden. Also discover certain Japanese words that always pull on people's heartstrings.   

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Cover of essay 1178 on 琴, titled "Dragon with Strings"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
キン
JOYO KUN-YOMI
こと
STROKES12
RADICAL王 (96: jewel)
JLPTN1
HALPERN1778/2422
HENSHALL1178
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