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About Yatsuhashi Kengyo
Yatsuhashi Kengyo / 八橋検校 (1614-1685) was a Japanese composer and koto player.
He was a gifted blind musician from Kyoto who changed the limited selection of six songs to a brand new style of koto music which he called kumi uta. Yatsuhashi changed the Tsukushi goto tunings, which were based on gagaku ways of tuning; and with this change, a new style of koto was born. Yatsuhashi Kengyo is now known as the “Father of Modern Koto.”