Student of Japanese zither (koto)
Yoshino is a 5th grader at the William H. Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. She has been studying the Japanese zither (koto) since she was five years old under Ms. Sumie Kaneko, a professional koto and shamisen (a three-stringed instrument) performer and Dr. Cathleen Ayakano Read, a koto instructor and an apprentice of the legendary National Living Treasure of Japan, Kin’ichi Nakanoshima. Yoshino often performs duets with her sister, Akino, for hospitals, senior centers, and charity concerts. She also enjoys art, reading, math, playing the piano, and loves animals including her 1 year old kitten, Snowy. She was delighted to be able to play the koto with her sister at TEDxBeaconStreet in 2012 when she was 6 years old.