Yamaha Corporation came into being on October 1, 1987 after its predecessor Nippon Gakki Company Limited changed its official name. That change marked the anniversary of the day that Torakusu Yamaha (April 20 1851 – August 8 1916) established his business, prompted by his repair of a reed organ. Our trademark, “Yamaha” has its origins in the name of our founder.
Torakusu Yamaha was born a retainer of the Tokugawa family in the Kishu region (currently Wakayama prefecture), the third son of astronomer Kounosuke Yamaha. After a childhood spent playing with the tools and instruments of his father while watching him work Torakusu was fascinated by machinery.