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Human Instrument (Ningengakki)

By Takara Tomy 

PLEASE NOTE: this BLUE version of the Ningengakki is discontinued. However another (orange) version is still available which includes popular songs and songs from anime. Click here for details. We can help you special order this product.

Turn you body into an instrument with Ningen gakki – “Human Musical Instrument” – by Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy Arts. This unique new toy relies on the human body’s natural conductivity to close an electronic loop used to trigger sounds. See the video below if that makes no sense at all.

Different modes allowing experimenting with maintaining melodies or turning your partner into a human drum machine, complete with snares, cymbals and more. In song mode you exercise creative expression by controlling the tempo and duration of the notes.

Most impressive is how many nice look girls you can touch when you bring this thing around town. We’ll post our own video too, if our product reviewer ever returns to the office from Shibuya.

Human Instrument by Takara Tomy Arts

Specs
-Size: 2.5×10.6×9.2cm
-Manual in Japanese
-Batteries (AAA x 2) Not Included

Mode 1: Song Mode
Grandfather’s Clock (violin), The Other Day, I Met a Bear (clarinet), Neko Funjatta (piano), Amazing Grace (flute), Ode to Joy, Bach’s Menuet (violin), Für Elise (piano), Swan Lake (violin), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (violin), Méditation from Thaïs (flute)

Mode 2: SFX Mode
Sound Effects, Camera shutter sounds, Droplets of water, Phone, Mokugyo wooden fish, Spring, Tapping metal, Fireworks
Animal Sounds, Sheep, Dog, Chicken, Japanese bush warbler, Pig, Frog, All animals (Three or more people touch at once)

Mode 3: Drummer Mode
Bass drum, Snare drum, Cymbal 1, High hat, High tom-tom, Low tom-tom, Cymbal 2

Caution: Persons fitted with pacemakers, defibrillators, implanted insulin pumps or other electro-medical devices should not use this product.

PLEASE NOTE: this BLUE version of the Ningengakki is discontinued. However another (orange) version is still available which includes popular songs and songs from anime. Click here for details. We can help you special order this product.

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Contributed by Max

Max is the founder and director of White Rabbit Japan. When away from the office he enjoys hiking in the mountains around Tokyo and has developed an interest in freediving. His talkative Siamese cat Wabi boosts morale around the office.

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