Seema Mithani (Chieko) – Japanese-Ismaili Koto (Instrument) Player

Seema Mithani (Chieko) - Japanese-Ismaili Koto (Instrument) PlayerMeet Seema Mithani (Chieko). Seema is an Ismaili Muslim born in Japan, and currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. A pharmacist and an entrepreneur by profession, Seema is also an expert at playing the Koto, a traditional Japanese instrument which she has played for over 40 years. She has participated in many regional and national events where she has showcased her skill at playing the instrument. A dedicated volunteer within the Ismaili community, Seema’s wish is to highlight Japanese music within the diverse and worldwide Ismaili community. Her hope is to one day showcase her skill at playing the Koto at the Aga Khan museum in Toronto, as well as be a part of future Ismaili musical productions.

About the instrument:

The Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument derived from the Chinese Zheng, and similar to the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese dan tranh. The Koto is the national instrument of Japan. Kotos are typically 180 centimetres (71 in) length, and are made from Kiri wood.

About the video:

In the video link below, Seema is seen playing a shorter version of traditional Japanese folk song called Sakura, a term which means “cherry blossoms depicting spring” in English.

Seema Mithani (Chieko)

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
In fields, mountains and villages
As far as the eye can see.
Is it mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the spring sky,
As far as the eye can see.
Is it mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come now,
Let’s go and see them!

Story, compilation for Ismailimail: Irfan Ali (Toronto)

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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