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Kabuki

The Greatest Kabuki Plays

The Greatest Kabuki Actors

The Greatest Kabuki DVDs

Kabuki

NOH

Japan's Medieval Theatre.

Classic Performances from the Past and Present on DVD

NOH

Bunraku

Puppets, Shamisen and Gidayu

The Best Performances and Performers on DVD

Bunraku

Okinawa

Sanshin and Shima Uta

Roots Music and More from the Ryukyu Islands

Okinawa Modern Roots

World Roots Music Library

King Records Series of 150 Albums of Traditional Music from Around the World.

World Roots Music

Japan - Modern

From Roots to Rock via Enka and Electronic.

The Very Best of Japanese Contemporary Music

Modern Japanese

Japan Traditional

Classical and Contemporary. Legendary Masters and Young Innovators.

All the Styles, All the Instruments.

Japan - Traditional

Thailand

Morlam, Lukthung and Other Golden Sounds from the Land of Smiles

Thailand

JVC World Sounds

The Acclaimed Series of 100 CDs of Traditional Music.

JVC World Sounds

Indonesia

From Sublime Traditions to Wild Pop Mixtures.

Indonesia

Vietnam

Ancient Traditions and Lilting Folk Made in Bustling Cities and Rural Communities.

Vietnam

Cambodia

Rare Recordings of the Legends of the 1960s and 70s, Modern Khmer Roots and Graceful Traditions.

Cambodia

Latest Releases

MINYO CRUSADERS - Echoes of Japan (x2 LP Vinyl)

Echoes of Japan  (x2 LP Vinyl)

39.99


HARUOMI HOSONO - Hosono New House (LP Vinyl)

44.99


HARUOMI HOSONO - Hosono New House

24.99


MARIKO HAMADA - Lounge Roses - Mariko Hamada no Showa Kayo

Lounge Roses - Mariko Hamada no Showa Kayo

24.99


KIWI & THE PAPAYA MANGOES - On Shore (mini-album)

On Shore (mini-album)

14.99


SHIN SASAKUBO / DAISUKE AOKI - CHICHIBU AVANT GARDE - Pyramid

Pyramid

24.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Meibanfukkoku Koza 75 in Garamando & 8 Beat

Meibanfukkoku Koza 75 in Garamando & 8 Beat

19.99


SOHICHIRO SUZUKI (WORLD STANDARD) - Music for Ringing - Book + CD

Music for Ringing - Book + CD

29.99


HASIKEN TRIO - Kimi Toitara / Karenai Hana

Kimi Toitara / Karenai Hana

18.99


HASIKEN - Uta

Uta

24.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO x KUKANGENDAI - Zureru (12 inch vinyl)

Zureru (12 inch vinyl)

29.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - BTTB- 20th Anniversary Edition

BTTB- 20th Anniversary Edition

24.99


THE BEATNIKS - Exitentialist A Xie Xie (LP Vinyl)

Exitentialist A Xie Xie (LP Vinyl)

34.99


CORNELIUS - Mellow Waves (LP Vinyl) (Limited Edition)

Mellow Waves (LP Vinyl) (Limited Edition)

29.99


CORNELIUS - Ripple Waves

Ripple Waves

22.99


CORNELIUS - Mellow Waves

Mellow Waves

24.99


CORNELIUS - NHK Design Ah! 2

NHK Design Ah!  2

19.99


CORNELIUS - NHK Design Ah! 3

NHK Design Ah! 3

19.99


Welcome to Far Side Music

For over 25 years we have been the world's primary source for music from Japan, Okinawa, and other East Asian countries. On this web site you will find our recommended selection of over 7000 CDs and a fair smattering of vinyl LPs, DVDs and tapes too. You can listen to sound samples of hundreds of titles and we are regularly adding new sound samples for you to listen to. Nearly all our CDs and DVDs are imported directly from Japan and Far East Asia, and are mostly unavailable anywhere else outside of Asia. Our specialty is roots music in all its forms from traditional to modern and everything in between, together with the best in rock, pop, club, improvised, electronic, jazz and other genres. We have access to nearly everything released in Japan, and many titles released throughout Asia so please ask us if you don't see what you're looking for. If you need advice or recommendations we are always happy to help. We also sell the various high quality audio CD formats in Japan; SHM-CD, HQ, Blue-spec and SACD. Again, we can supply any available title of these, so please ask us if you can't find what you're looking for.

Our catalogue is mostly divided by country and musical genre to allow easy browsing if you are interested in a particular type of music. If you are searching for a particular artist, you could try clicking on the search icon from at the bottom of this page and then from Artist Search the drop down menu brings up a list of all the featured artists.

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In addition we release music on our own label, manage several Japanese and other Asian artists, book live concerts and tours, export and license music into Japan, are consultants to Japanese record companies in Europe, broadcast Far Side Radio, film video content, dj at events, produce records and coordinate recording sessions. Read the Other Services section for more details. Music from East Asia is probably the least represented in the west, our aim is to make the best music from the region available worldwide.

Feefo

Feefo

We have been awarded the Feefo inaugural Gold Trusted Merchant Award for achieving a service rating of 98%. Thanks to all our customers who left positive feedback!

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Resonance

Resonance

Far Side Radio, broadcasts on Resonance 104.4fm in London, on DAB in London, and live on the internet around the world every Wednesday at 12.00 noon, playing music from the entire spectrum of our catalogues. You can now listen to a recent show whenever you like and an archive of previous shows by selecting Far Side Radio from the contents list. If you enjoy Far Side Radio please support the show and the incredible radio station that broadcasts it, Resonance 104.4fm by donating. It will be much appreciated!

BBC Japan 2

You can listen here to Paul Fisher's two programmes recorded on location in Japan and Okinawa for BBC Radio 3 World Routes

BBC Japan

Click here to listen anytime to our Radio 3 Guide to Japan on the BBC world music web site.

Rice UK

Rice UK

Rice Records UK www.ricerecords.co.uk is a joint venture between Far Side Music and one of Japan's top world music labels, releasing worldwide CDs from Asia, the Caribbean and Brazil.

Best Sellers

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Kanasu Uchinaa - The Traditional Music of Okinawa, 1960s

Kanasu Uchinaa - The Traditional Music of Okinawa, 1960s

19.99


YAO LEE - Shanghai Discontinued Famous Hits of the 1930s and 1940s Vol. 5

Shanghai Discontinued Famous Hits of the 1930s and 1940s Vol. 5

34.99


ZHOU XUAN & YAO LEE - Hong Kong Famous Hits in the 1950s Vol. 1

Hong Kong Famous Hits in the 1950s Vol. 1

34.99


YO SHOTARO - Tsugaru Godai Minyo (Tsugaru Five Grand Songs)

Tsugaru Godai Minyo (Tsugaru Five Grand Songs)

19.99


YUJI HAMAGUCHI - From KatsuUra

From KatsuUra

21.99


YUJI HAMAGUCHI - Made in Wakinotani - Chikurin Power no Yume

Made in Wakinotani - Chikurin Power no Yume

19.99


YUJI HAMAGUCHI - Going Home

Going Home

20.99


E-DO - Yeominrok

Yeominrok

21.99


LEO - 1st

1st

19.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Palm Wine Music of Ghana - From Palm Wine Music to Guitar Band Highlife ( 2 CDs + Book)

Palm Wine Music of Ghana - From Palm Wine Music to Guitar Band Highlife ( 2 CDs + Book)

39.99


KATSUHIKO YOSHIZAKI - Crystal

Crystal

29.99


ISAO TOMITA - Welcome Home, Hayabusa (Okaeri, Hayabusa) (original soundtrack)

Welcome Home, Hayabusa (Okaeri, Hayabusa)  (original soundtrack)

23.99


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