Vinyl Shops in Tokyo, Japan and Japan in General

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by mikemoon, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. gothictrade

    gothictrade Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Toronto
  2. MightyVinyl

    MightyVinyl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle
    Jeez, Wouldn’t you know it that this year’s annual pilgrimage happened to begin one day before the biggest weather event in Tokyo in decades...

    Time is too precious here to lose a single day, but I’m just happy that there wasn’t more loss of life and damage, although it looks like things are really bad out in the hinterlands.

    I’m on the 34th floor (of 35) at the Southern Century Tower in Shinjuku, and around 9 PM the winds were so strong that the floor was actually swaying. Freaked me out, so I went downstairs and took some really cool video just outside on the ground level.

    On Friday I spent the day at the DU Shimo Kitazawa, the best item I found was actually in a nearby antique shop. They had a stack of records and I found a NM Japanese pressing of Mike Oldfield’s 2LP compilation (one with the beautiful cover photo of a hummingbird or something like that against a green background) with Obi. It was marked ¥600, but for some reason the guy at the counter said ¥300, probably the only deal to be had the entire day. That’s not to say I didn’t buy other stuff, I am a vinyl junkie after all, but as previously noted, the days of Japan being a vinyl bargain hunters Mecca are long in the rearview mirror.

    It’s actually work now to find anything approaching a “bargain”, the same as sorting through the bargain bins at Amoeba or similar.

    I am off to DU Ochanomizu, then Jinbocho. Wish me luck.
     
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  3. candyflip69

    candyflip69 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Melb, AUSTRALIA
    Good luck sir.

    Sad to hear, but the truth hurts (us). :(

    We had a great run.

    ja ne? :wave:
     
  4. Harvey Rickenbacker

    Harvey Rickenbacker Well-Known Member

    Frightening stuff. I'm amazed that the trains are back running again already. And the record stores are open.
     
  5. Chee

    Chee Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Denver
    You hardly see Japanese pressings at U.S. record conventions anymore. Too many Japanese turned into eBay and Discogs dealers, the stuff is picked clean these days.
     
  6. Johnny Ryall

    Johnny Ryall Well-Known Member

  7. MightyVinyl

    MightyVinyl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Seattle
    Having previously slagged off the micro chain called “Rare”, I think it only fair that I report some positive news.

    After more or less striking out at the Nakano branch of Disk Union, I was heading back to the station to make the trek home when I noticed that Rare is actually open until midnight. Since it was too late to hit any other stores anyway, I thought why not drop in and check it out. It took a bit of digging, but in the stuff tucked away in the shelves up above the racks there was a very small section labeled heavy metal, and amongst the records I found a NM promo with obi & insert of Racer X - Second Heat - on FEMS (FAR EAST METAL SYNDICATE #SP25-5320) at ¥1600. Also found a decent Killing Joke with obi & insert (Fire Dances 28MM-0301) at ¥1200.
     
  8. Sprague Dawley

    Sprague Dawley Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sapporo, Japan
  9. Sprague Dawley

    Sprague Dawley Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sapporo, Japan
    yeah I've given up on Tokyo. Used to be you could spend 3 days and find 100 bargains. These days you'll find 10 bargains in the 3 days and the rest are roughly the same price you'd pay on discogs. May as well just save myself all the time and effort and put the airfare/accom $$ towards covering postage and get em off discogs
     
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  10. Johnny Ryall

    Johnny Ryall Well-Known Member

    "Tower Records Japan's first vinyl only shop! Carrying vinyl record for both record maniacs and beginners. Stocking 40,000 used records and 30,000 new records."
    Tower Vinyl Shinjuku at Vinylhub
     
  11. hockman

    hockman Forum Resident

    Has any one been to the Tower and can comment on the used vinyl offerings? A real late comer to the game but this being Japan, they may yet do it very well.
     

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