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The Otamatone is 10 years old!
First released to the public in 2009, the Otamatone celebrated its 10th Anniversary on December 1st 2019 with the announcement of big plans – the release of a new and improved anniversary edition called Otamatone Neo!
First imagined by brothers Masamichi and Nobumichi Tosa of the Maywa Denki design firm, the Otamatone was first developed in 1988 by Japan’s CUBE toy company. Made to resemble a “Tadpole” (or “otamajakushi”) music note, the Otamatone is played with two hands, and makes a quirky, electronic “hum” that can be converted to an “ahh” or “wah” by squeezing the base of the note (which was of course given a face for added cuteness).