And it totally works! The musical duo called Team Kozan performs Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off” on the koto, which is a long plucked instrument with 13 strings, and the shakuhachi, which is a notch flute made of bamboo. At the end of the video, they put down their instruments and start shaking it off.
This is 1 of 6 covers of modern songs with traditional Japanese instruments rounded up by Rocket News 24. You can also find “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson and “We Will Rock You” by Queen.