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Soushunan

288-2 Higashishimmeicho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8162, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-801-4652
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One of my favourite experiences in Japan

Shimazaki-sensei is a very, very good teacher and it was really great to be able to learn how to... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2018
Chris V
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Sydney, Australia
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Master Musician

Such a priveledge to be taught by such a master musician as Harumi, and also her mother and... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
jfcjb002
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Melbourne, Australia
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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 player of Koto, will teach you how to play the Koto.Within the lesson, you will also get to know about the modest and kind spirit of traditonal Japanese.
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288-2 Higashishimmeicho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-8162, Kyoto Prefecture
Nishijin District
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Shimazaki-sensei is a very, very good teacher and it was really great to be able to learn how to play a simple song on the koto with a teacher and performer of her skill level. The koto itself is such an amazing instrument with an...More

Thank Chris V
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shima015, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Dear.Chris Thank you for coming to Soushunan!We are happy to enjoy Koto together.Koto is simple, but very interesting musical instrument.Please touch Koto if you have chance to play it.We hope to see you soon again!Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Such a priveledge to be taught by such a master musician as Harumi, and also her mother and teacher, who also generously provided guidance. The Koto is a beautiful instrument and to me, the sound of Japan. It was a great experience to learn two...More

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thank you for coming to Soushunan and enjoy Koto!We are very happy to teach you Koto.You are good Koto player now.We hope to see you again soon! Harumi

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Have an interest in koto and finally had the opportunity to try playing it. Shimazaki-sensei was friendly and spoke English well. Learned two songs and also listened to her play. A unique experience, highly recommended.

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 25 December 2017

Dear.Wei Xiang Thank you for coming to Soushunan and enjoy Koto!We are happy to hear that you really enjoy our Koto lesson.We hope to see you soon again!Thank you. Haiumi

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

What a great experience! Harumi Shimazaki is a great teacher. Wish I lived in Kyoto so I could play!

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for coming and join our Koto lesson.You played Koto very well!Please come back to Kyoto and touch Koto again soon!Thank you. Harumi

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

I've had an interest in traditional Japanese music for a long time, so when I found out I could have the opportunity to have a private koto lesson in Kyoto, I had to take it. And I am so glad that I did. Harumi was...More

Thank Cory W
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Dear.Cory. Thank you for coming to Soushunan.I'm very happy to hear that you really enjoyed our Koto class.You are really good Koto player.I hope you touch Koto again!We are looking forward to meet and play Koto again!Thank you so much. Harumi

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Harumi was very patient and kind. It was my first try with koto and I hope I could come back again to learn more!

Thank Warakan P
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Dear.Warakan. Thank you for coming to Soushunan! I'm very happy to know that you really enjoy our Koto lesson.I hope to meet you and try Koto again soon.Thank you!

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

My son and family enjoyed a very warm reception by Harumi-San in her home. She is a very patient and encouraging teacher and he was very happy in her friendly company and excited to be able to play and be accompanied by his teacher. Finally,...More

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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Dear.Pyjan. Thank you for coming to Soushunan.Your son has really good sense for Koto music.and I'm very happy to hear that he loves Koto.I hope he will enjoy Koto for long time!We hope to see you again soon!Thank you.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

10/10 would recommend! Shimazaki-san is such a patient, warm and welcoming teacher! She taught me 2 classical Japanese songs and harmonized with me after i could play them decently. Her english is pretty good and it's easy to understand her. I had a great late...More

Thank Valerie H
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Dear.Valerie. Thank you for your comment and I'm very happy to hear that you really enjoyed Koto lesson! You are very good at Koto playing! I hope to see you again and join Koto again soon.Thank you.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

We visited Soushunan as a group of 5 and enjoyed the hospitality and kindness of Harumi Shimazaki and her family. Mrs Shimazaki is a skillful teacher proficient in English who taught us how to play a traditional piece of Koto music with the help of...More

Thank Philip B
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Dear.Philip Thank you for your review.You 5members are all good students,and we are happy to teach you Koto.Koto is simple but deep music.You can tell both bright and sad feeling with Koto.Please come back to Kyoto again,and hope to see you again soon!Thank you.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Harumi was an excellent teacher. In the first lesson I was able to play almost all notes of the song (albeit with some mistakes). Not only was she an excellent teacher, and an awesome koto player, but also very hospitable as a host. I would...More

Thank Anders J
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Soushunan, オーナー at Soushunan, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

Dear.Anders. Thank you for your review!We are happy to meet you and enjoy koto together.We hope to see you again soon and come back to Soushunan!Have a nice trip:)Thank you.

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