Otamatone: Nonsensical Musical Instrument by Quirky Art/Music Collective Maywa Denki
A few days ago, I shared a video entitled Thru Tokyo, featuring a collection of sounds from various Tokyo-based musicians. One image in particular caught my attention – that of a man wearing a light-blue outfit, holding what seemed to be a musical note with a smiley face on the end of it.
After looking closer at the credits and doing a little searching, I found out that the man’s name is Novumichi Tosa, and he leads a quirky art/music collective called Maywa Denki. The group takes its name after a company that Tosa’s father used to run, and the outfits mirror a bygone time from Japan’s past:
The instrument he’s holding is called an Otamatone, and it’s all sorts of fun. I kind of want one of these guys for Christmas, but perhaps I’ll end up buying them as gifts for my nieces/nephews instead. Check out the instrument in action:
So fun. For a bit more about the group and its “products,” here’s a great behind-the-scenes peek at the Maywa Denki factory: