Shirayuki's melody was the signal for the ninja elite to solemnly enact the plan. There would be no dissonance in her symphony, even for this derisory plot. "Be thankful it is a mere pumpkin hurtling towards your brow instead of a shuriken!"
In Japanese language, shiro (or shira) means "white", while yuki means "snow". Altogether Shirayuki translates as "snow white".
The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument. Koto are about 180 centimetres (71 in) length, and made from wood. They have 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument.