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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

PONE NYET PHYU, KO BIN WIN, KO KIN AND OTHERS - Mandalay Star

Mandalay Star

23.99


SEIN MOOT TAR - Plays Myanmar Classical Songs

Plays Myanmar Classical Songs

29.99


SEIN TINT LWIN - Myanmar Hsaing Waing Orchestra

Myanmar Hsaing Waing Orchestra

29.99


CHOKI FUKUHARA, MASAAKI ISHIHARA, TOSHINORI CHINEN, YASUHIRO HIGA - Kajadi Fu, Koti Bushi 7 inch Single

Kajadi Fu, Koti Bushi 7 inch Single

14.99


TSUNEHIDE TSUNAMI, KAZUKO SHIROMA, MINORU KINJO - Asaji Konji, Wakaremichi, 7 inch Single

Asaji Konji, Wakaremichi, 7 inch Single

14.99


SETSUKO ISHIHARA - Ukiyo Sadame, Isobemura nu Nasake, 7 inch Single

Ukiyo Sadame, Isobemura nu Nasake, 7 inch Single

14.99


MORIO SAKIHARA, KEIKO KINJO, TOYOSABURO SAKIHARA, SEISHUN TABA, MORIO SAKIHARA - Koiji Bune , Najimi no Sakaba, 7 inch Single

Koiji Bune , Najimi no Sakaba, 7 inch Single

14.99


CHIEKO IHA & FOUR SISTERS - Hatachi Miyarabi, Heiwa no Negai, 7 inch Single

Hatachi Miyarabi, Heiwa no Negai, 7 inch Single

14.99


SEISHIN TABA - Namida no Shongane, Koiji Naashibi Bushi 7 inch Single

Namida no Shongane, Koiji Naashibi Bushi 7 inch Single

14.99


YASUKO SONE, SEISHIN TABA, KEIKO KINJO - Ima du Shiyuru/Onai Bushi 7 inch Single

Ima du Shiyuru/Onai Bushi 7 inch Single

14.99


KO AUNT GYI - A Kaung Ta A Kaung Sone Tay Vol. 2

A Kaung Ta A Kaung Sone Tay Vol. 2

29.99


YOKO ISHIKAWA - Shami no Yorokobi

Shami no Yorokobi

24.99


MAKOTO KUBOTA AND OTHERS - Kanasu Remixes - 7 inch single

Kanasu Remixes - 7 inch single

19.99


MAKOTO KUBOTA AND OTHERS - Kanasu Remixes 7 inch single

Kanasu Remixes 7 inch single

19.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Hasai! Okinawa - Okinawan Folk Music Collection - Compiled by Makoto Kubota

Hasai! Okinawa - Okinawan Folk Music Collection - Compiled by Makoto Kubota

19.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Kanasu - Yaima - The Traditional Folk Songs of Yaeyama Islands, 1960s

Kanasu - Yaima - The Traditional Folk Songs of Yaeyama Islands, 1960s

19.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Kanasu Myahk - The Traditional Music of Miyakojima Islands, 1960s

Kanasu Myahk - The Traditional Music of Miyakojima Islands, 1960s

19.99


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

Kanasu Uchinaa - The Traditional Music of Okinawa, 1960s

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.

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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, repeated Sunday from 5pm, 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

SUMITAYU TAKEMOTO, BUNJAKU YOSHIDA, TAMAO YOSHIDA, DATETAYU TAKEMOTO AND OTHERS - A New Broadside Ballad - (with English subtitles, Best Selection of Bunraku - Shinpan Utazaimon) (2 DVDs)

A New Broadside Ballad - (with English subtitles, Best Selection of Bunraku - Shinpan Utazaimon) (2 DVDs)

49.99


- Gotai-Fushi Yamato Shinkyoku Sho II - Performance Selections from the Five Main Schools of Japanese Traditional Noh

Gotai-Fushi Yamato Shinkyoku Sho II - Performance Selections from the Five Main Schools of Japanese Traditional Noh

49.99


JAKUEMON NAKAMURA, KOSHIRO MATSUMOTO, SHIKAN NAKAMURA - Gion Sairei Shinkoki - Kinkakuji

Gion Sairei Shinkoki - Kinkakuji

45.99


SHUTA HASUNUMA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Anthropocene

Anthropocene

26.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - async - surround (Blu-ray)

async - surround (Blu-ray)

49.99


U TIN - Music of Burma - Virtuoso of Burmese Guitar, Man Ya Pyi U Tin and His Bama Guitar

Music of Burma - Virtuoso of Burmese Guitar, Man Ya Pyi U Tin and His Bama Guitar

16.99


U TIN - Music of Burma - Burmese Guitar

Music of Burma - Burmese Guitar

19.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Showa Erotic Songs 1929-1934.

Showa Erotic Songs 1929-1934.

18.99


AUNG NAING SOE - Music of Burma, Burmese Guitar

Music of Burma, Burmese Guitar

19.99


VARIOUS - Jazz in the Great Osaka (2 CDs)

Jazz in the Great Osaka (2 CDs)

29.99


SHIBUSASHIRAZU - Shibu-Yotabi (CD + DVD)

Shibu-Yotabi (CD + DVD)

26.99


SHIBUSASHIRAZU - Paris Shibu Bukyoku (Live in Paris 2007) (2 CD + Limited Edition DVD)

Paris Shibu Bukyoku (Live in Paris 2007) (2 CD + Limited Edition DVD)

30.99


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