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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

IPPEI YAMANAKA - Raiden

Raiden

20.99


SHEENA AND THE ROKKETS - Early Rokkets 40+1 (Blu-spec CD2) (2 CDs)

Early Rokkets 40+1 (Blu-spec CD2) (2 CDs)

26.99


SHEENA & THE ROKKETS - Victor Rokkets 40 + 1 (SHM-CD) (2 CDs)

Victor Rokkets 40 + 1 (SHM-CD)  (2 CDs)

26.99


THE BEATNIKS - Exitentialist A Xie Xie (Vinyl LP)

Exitentialist A Xie Xie (Vinyl LP)

34.99


KAWAMURA KOHEYSAI - Hoshi wo Mite Nemurimasyo (Cassette Tape)

Hoshi wo Mite Nemurimasyo (Cassette Tape)

16.99


KANKURO NAKAMURA, SHICHINOSUKE NAKAMURA, SOMEGORO ICHIKAWA AND OTHERS - Cinema Kabuki - Kabuki NEXT - Aterui Special Edition (Blu-ray + Bonus Disc)

Cinema Kabuki - Kabuki NEXT - Aterui Special Edition (Blu-ray + Bonus Disc)

74.99


KANKURO NAKAMURA, SHICHINOSUKE NAKAMURA, SOMEGORO ICHIKAWA AND OTHERS - Cinema Kabuki - Kabuki NEXT - Aterui Special Edition (2 DVDs + Bonus Disc)

Cinema Kabuki - Kabuki NEXT - Aterui Special Edition (2 DVDs + Bonus Disc)

69.99


KANKURO NAKAMURA, SHICHINOSUKE NAKAMURA, SOMEGORO ICHIKAWA AND OTHERS - Cinema Kabuki - Kabuki NEXT - Aterui (2 DVDs)

Cinema Kabuki - Kabuki NEXT - Aterui (2 DVDs)

54.99


SAMBASUNDA - Taramurag - The Story of Rangay

Taramurag - The Story of Rangay

19.99


EIICHI OHTAKI - Eiichi Ohtaki Song Book III Yume de Aetara (Vinyl LP) (Limited Edition)

Eiichi Ohtaki Song Book III Yume de Aetara (Vinyl LP) (Limited Edition)

24.99


VARIOUS ARTSITS - Eiichi Ohtaki Song Book III - Yume de Aetara (1976-2018) (4 CDs)

Eiichi Ohtaki Song Book III - Yume de Aetara (1976-2018) (4 CDs)

39.99


THE BEATNIKS - Exitentialist A Xie Xie

Exitentialist A Xie Xie

25.99


SOIL & 'PIMP' SESSIONS - Dapper (with DVD) (Limited Edition)

Dapper (with DVD) (Limited Edition)

31.99


SOIL & 'PIMP' SESSIONS - Dapper

Dapper

25.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - CODA Collector's Edition with Performance in New York: async (Blu-ray, 2 Discs) (Limited Edition)

CODA Collector's Edition with Performance in New York: async (Blu-ray, 2 Discs) (Limited Edition)

84.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - CODA Special Edition (Blu-ray)

CODA Special Edition (Blu-ray)

43.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - CODA Special Edition (DVD)

CODA Special Edition (DVD)

34.99


THE SAKAI ISHINAGE ODORI PRESERVATION SOCIETY - Sakai Ishinage Odori

Sakai Ishinage Odori

22.99


Welcome to Far Side Music

For over 20 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 6000 CDs and a fair smattering of DVDs and tapes too. We also sell a growing selection of used CDs and DVDs and new CDs at reduced prices. Get in touch if you have good condition used CDs of Japanese or Asian music that you wish to sell. 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

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - Year Book 1985-1989 (5 CDs)

Year Book 1985-1989 (5 CDs)

69.99


HARUOMI HOSONO - Hosono House (180g 45rpm 2LP Vinyl) (Limited Edition)

Hosono House (180g  45rpm 2LP Vinyl) (Limited Edition)

59.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - Year Book 1980-1984

Year Book 1980-1984

29.99


KITAMURA OSAWA GAKUTAI - Sturm Und Drang Old Times Brass Band

Sturm Und Drang Old Times Brass Band

26.99


MEGURU AZUMINO - U-Tini

U-Tini

24.99


TETSUHIRO DAIKU & CHINDON TSUSHINSHA - Jinta Wonderland

Jinta Wonderland

25.99


MARICAMIZKI - Kyuramunjima

Kyuramunjima

23.99


YOO JI-SOOK - Tori - North Korean Traditional Folk Songs by the Acclaimed Seodo Vocal Artist Yoo Ji-Sook

Tori - North Korean Traditional Folk Songs by the Acclaimed Seodo Vocal Artist Yoo Ji-Sook

19.99


SOIL & PIMP SESSIONS - Brothers and Sisters (Limited Edition 2 CDs)

Brothers and Sisters (Limited Edition 2 CDs)

28.99


TOMITA - Space Fantasy (SACD Hybrid + Bonus Track CD) 4ch Surround Sound

Space Fantasy (SACD Hybrid + Bonus Track CD) 4ch Surround Sound

29.99


THE BINTANG MALAYA HAWAIIAN BAND - Irama Bersukaria Dari Malay (CD-R)

Irama Bersukaria Dari Malay (CD-R)

19.99


NENEZ - Reborn

Reborn

22.99


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