I've amassed more japanese instruments than I anticipated while on exchange and now I'm panicking about how I'm going to take it all back home when the time comes. I got a 13 string koto as a gift from a friend of my in-laws since it was just collecting dust and taking up space and I have no idea how to bring it back home. I'm not in a hurry to get it home so I'm considering just sending it by ship but I have no idea where I can get a sturdy case or crate to send it in.
Does anyone have any idea? If I was back home I could just make a crate but I'm afraid it's out of the question here.
I'd recommend talking to a wagakki store about shipment and case options. Depending on the instrument's age and how it's been cared for, it may be extremely fragile.
As well, take care with the materials. Many koto include ivory, even more so than shamisen in my experience. The Ji (the bridges) and tsume (picks) are the most common offenders.