Instruments: Koto, String Ensemble
Feel: Calming, Uplifting
The koto in this piece follows a steady, plodding beat, while the orchestral strings provide a drone-like background. At 0:33 the strings crescendo to follow the melody of the koto, but at 1:18 the tempo slows and the strings fade away, only to return to highlight the final chord. With the even rhythm and the sharply accentuated plucks of the koto, this is best used as an introduction to a short film or game, or the resolution to a conflict surrounding family or challenges to tradition.