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Kono Oto Tomare! Koto Competition, Winning Performance

A self-organized group of eight of our HS koto players took the grand prize at the "Kono Oto Tomare! Koto Competition" finals held on January 2, 2018 at the International Forum in Yurakucho. The contest, sponsored by the popular manga Kono Oto Tomare! which tells the story of a koto club at a Japanese high school, was open to high school and university ensembles. Close to twenty groups from around the country made the initial application, with only five being selected to perform in the finals. We're delighted to say that YIS's student-led K8 performed brilliantly, winning the competition. The creation and success of the group is an encouraging example of self-initiative, mentorship and teamwork underscored by friendship and a passion for playing the koto.