Arranged and Conducted by Hachidai Nakamura
Capitol Records T 10287
Produced when artists and record companies, noting good sales for "exotica" albums... set about experimenting with blends of musical styles. In this case, and for the most part, the blend is koto (traditional Japanese stringed instrument) and western easy listening.
According to Nakamura's wiki page he formed a jazz band in 1953. He charted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for Sukiyaki in 1963.