chimai's The story of Kotoga beach
琴ケ浜のお話

Kotoga beach
Kotoga beach(Kotoga-hama) is located in Maji Nima-cho ,Shimane Prefecture, western Honshu, Japan,
known as a beautiful musical sandy beach.

島根県邇摩郡仁摩町馬路(にまぐんにまちょうまじ) にある琴ケ浜。
出雲市から約40km南西にある、鳴き砂の美しい浜辺として知られています。

Kotoga beach

Long, long ago, there lived a blind father and his daughter, called Koto Hime who becomes 18 years old.
He was famous as a player on the
Koto in the Taira Family. The secret melody was handed down from father to daughter, but..

 その昔、平家に琴の名人として有名な盲目の父と、 その娘の18才になる琴姫がおりました。
父は琴姫に、 秘伝の名曲を伝えたのですが…、

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*** notes ***

Koto : Japanese harp
Hime : a princess
Taira Family(Heike Family) : One of the four great families, including also the MINAMOTO FAMILY, FUJIWARA FAMILY, and TACHIBANA FAMILY, that dominated court politics during the Heian period(794-1185). The high point of Taira influence came in the late Heian period under Tadamori's son TAIRA NO KIYOMORI , victor in the HOGEN DISTURBANCE of 1156 and HEIJI DISTURBANCE of 1160, who rose to the position of grand minister of state in 1180 MINAMOTO NO YORITOMO rebelled against and crushed the Taira and established warrior government in Japan. Kiyomori and all the major Taira leaders died or were killed during the Taira-Minamoto War, and the house never again achieved prominence. The story of the Taira is recounted in The Tale of the Heike(HEIKE MONOGATARI) .


from JAPAN Encyclopedia KODANSHA

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