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October 31, 2017 10:40 PM

Tombo Celebrates 100 Years Anniversary

Tombo Musical Instrument. Co., Ltd. hosted a 100th anniversary reception on October 20 at Asakusa View Hotel, Tokyo inviting nearly 300 guests from the industry and harmonica and accordion players.

Tombo’s century-long history dates back to 1902 when Seijiro Mano launched Koyodo Mano Inc. in Ueno, Tokyo. Having mastered harmonica making and maintenance technique, he built harmonica factory in 1917 in Nippori, and developed Japan’s first accordion 23 years later. Tombo is also known as a pioneer of digital accordion in Japan.

Business expanded successfully having established a joint-venture company in Tianjin in 1987 to build high-quality harmonicas and accordions. Today, the company has won an international acclaim as a leading manufacturer of reed instruments.

Today, Teruhisa Mano, the 4th generation of Mano family, is responsible for everyday business. All four leaders of Tombo have one thing in common, that is they are all active, pro-level musicians. Yasuharu Mano, chairman and Teruhisa Mano, president, joined popular accordionist, coba, and Lee Oskar, harmonica player to entertain the guests in the concert following the celebration ceremony. (photo right: from l to r, Teruhisa Mano, Yasuharu Mano and coba.)

The guests included Tsuneaki Kasai, president of Zen-on Music Co., Ltd. and Masahiko Yamano, president of Yamano Music Co., Ltd. from the music products industry, and Toshitaka Saito, president of All Japan Harmonica Federation.

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