Tama Drums, (from Japanese 多 満 (Kanji) タ マ (Kana), read tama) is a brand of drum kits and equipment manufactured and marketed by the Japanese musical instrument company, Hoshino Gakki. Tama's product research and development, as well as the production of its professional and more expensive drums, is done in Seto, Japan, while its cheaper equipment and drums are made in Guangzhou, China.
In 1974, Hoshino decided to make a concerted effort to manufacture high quality drums and equipment and begin marketing their drums under the Tama brand. Tama was the name of the owner's wife, and is also a homophone with the Japanese word meaning "jewel". "Star" continues to be used in the names of Tama's drum models to this day.