Takashi Hagiwara

Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Former Percussion Manager
Company Name
Yamaha Corporation of Japan

Takashi “Hagi” Hagiwara has been called the “godfather of Yamaha drums” as the unofficial ambassador of the company’s percussive products around the world.  His father was a silversmith in Tokyo, a profession he was thought to continue, however he decided to take a part time job as a teenager in a local music store.  Hagi found his personal passion in the music industry and was honored to be given a chance to work for Yamaha in the drum and percussion department at the Ginza store location.  His role expanded over time with Yamaha especially after the company decided to manufacture its own drums, beginning in the 1960s.