Otamatone, Maywa Denki's newest invention

Novmichi Tosa, the man who runs the kooky briliant art unit Maywa Denki, has invented a new musical instrument called the Otamatone, which is shaped like a musical note (or a tadpole) and sounds kind of like a theremin. It has cute little mouth and a long tail that functions as a keyboard. This video is in Japanese, but you can get a feel for how the instrument works and what a lovely man Mr. Tosa is. Watch him play a Japanese children's tune about singing frogs two minutes into the clip.

The Otamatone is currently in production and is slated to sell in Japan starting at the end of this month.

[Maywa Denki main page via TokyoMango]

Published by Lisa Katayama

I'm a contributing editor here at Boing Boing. I also have a blog (TokyoMango), a book (Urawaza), and I freelance for Wired, Make, the NY Times Magazine, PRI's Studio360, etc. I'm @tokyomango on Twitter.

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  1. Otamatone reminds me of Sandara Park. no offense, im huge fan of “Dara” of 2NE1 (Kpop group).
    awesome gadget!!! i dont find its sound creepy, its cute though. Dara must have one like this. is it only available in Japan? i will give that to her as my present. ^_^

  2. IS there a name for that style of coat he is wearing? Tradesmen/industrial workers in japan all have those jackets (and generally matching pants) in diff colors but the same basic design Japan-wide. I think they’re great. Where I can I find them in Tokyo?

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