Yamaha was established in 1887 after founder Torakusu Yamaha successfully repaired an imported organ at an elementary school in Hamamatsu.
He worked with ornament artisan Kisaburo Kawai over the next two months to complete the first organ manufactured in Japan. Because nobody in Hamamatsu was capable of evaluating the workmanship of the organ, Yamaha decided to take it to the Music Investigation Committee in Tokyo (the precursor of the Faculty of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts). As there was no railway from Hamamatsu to Tokyo at the time, Torakusu Yamaha hoisted the instrument on a shoulder pole to traverse Mount Hakone.
This relief was embedded in the base of the bronze statue of Torakusu that was erected at Yamaha headquarters as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the company. The statue was handed over to the government during World War II, and no longer exists.