A Tokyo-based koto (traditional Japanese string instrument) player. Mainly perform Japanese jiuta-sokyoku pieces and also create contemporary music and improvisation. Eto has had traditional training from her grandaunt Toshiko Yonekawa I (known as a living national treasure of art as a koto player) and Toshiko Yonekawa II. Received an artist name ‘Toshifumi’ when she was seventeen years old. Graduated from NHK professional Traning School for Japanese traditional musicians. Received a scholarship from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan and has been taught by Fumiko Yonekawa Ⅱ, Satomi Oshio (music theory), Yoko Yamasaki (voice traning).
She has performed on many stages all over Japan, including concerts sponsored by the National Theatre of Japan, Kioi Hall, NHK radio programs, and CDs.
In 2018, she started to perform abroad and was a resident of Music Omi (OMI International Arts Center, Columbia County, NY, USA).
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In 1990s, Eto joined P-house gallery, a contemporary art gallery + cafe with dogs + alternative radio station, in Tokyo. Takashi Murakami was originally one of organizers. The gallery held Jake and Dinos Chapman’s exhibition; Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelly’s performance and live, and so on. Eto also played the koto at the opening party of Micari Collection, which visitors were able to enjoy doing activities in a temporary completely white Japanese tea ceremony room.