This is probably the most famous folk song from Japan...even if you don't think you know anything about Japan, chances are good that you have heard this tune.
When you start learning how to play the koto, this is the first piece you learn. It's like learning "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" when beginning to study the piano.
When I began my koto studies this past July, I also had to learn Sakura...
This is a very simple version of Sakura. My teacher recently gave me the "advanced" version, which I have just begun to learn. More on that later.
Stay tuned for more pieces and a post on the sheet music of the koto. (It's waaaaaaay different from what I was used to reading!)