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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

RASMEE, ISAN SOUL - Arom

Arom

27.99


SHUTA HASUNUMA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Anthropocene (LP Vinyl)

Anthropocene (LP Vinyl)

39.99


SHUTA HASUNUMA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Anthropocene

Anthropocene

26.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Traditional Folk Music from Awa (2 CDs)

Traditional Folk Music from Awa (2 CDs)

26.99


DUBFORCE - Dubforce (EP)

Dubforce (EP)

15.99


TOMITA - Missing Link of Tomita - Nippon Columbia Initial Works Collection 1953-1974

Missing Link of Tomita - Nippon Columbia Initial Works Collection 1953-1974

26.99


PHON PHIROM - Dao Look Kai - Collectibles Records Vol. 85

Dao Look Kai - Collectibles Records Vol. 85

16.99


WAIPHOT PHETSUPAN - Huang Look - Collectibles Records Vol. 90

Huang Look - Collectibles Records Vol. 90

16.99


MARIKO HAMADA - Next Teardrop

Next Teardrop

25.99


RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - The Fortess Soundtrack (Double Vinyl LP)

The Fortess Soundtrack (Double Vinyl LP)

64.99


SOUTHERN THAI MUSIC TRADITIONAL ENSEMBLE - Thai Southern Native Performance Theme

Thai Southern Native Performance Theme

14.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Dance Ryo - Pre-Showa (1926) Folk Song Jazz for Everyone

Dance Ryo - Pre-Showa (1926)  Folk Song Jazz for Everyone

19.99


MAR MAR AYE - MYOMA AMATEUR MUSIC ASSOCIATION - Songs Vol.4

Songs Vol.4

24.99


VARIOUS - MYOMA AMATEUR MUSIC ASSOCIATION - Songs Vol.3

Songs Vol.3

24.99


MAR MAR AYE - MYOMA AMATEUR MUSIC ASSOCIATION - Songs Vol.2

Songs Vol.2

24.99


MAR MAR AYE - MYOMA AMATEUR MUSIC ASSOCIATION - Songs Vol.1

Songs Vol.1

24.99


TAISUKE OTA, ATSUHIKO TAKEMURA, SHINTARO NAKAI - Nippon Song - Gaikoku Kyoku o Fukitobase (Japanese Songs- Blow Away Foreign Songs)

Nippon Song - Gaikoku Kyoku o Fukitobase (Japanese Songs- Blow Away Foreign Songs)

18.99


SWEET ROBOTS AGAINST THE MACHINE - 3 (San) (x2 Vinyl LP )

3 (San) (x2 Vinyl LP )

49.99


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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We use Trustwave to be fully PCI DSS compliant, meaning when you order on our web site your credit / debit card data is safe and secure. Trustwave scans our web site on a monthly basis to ensure your continued security.

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

THE BEATNIKS - Exitentialist A Xie Xie

Exitentialist A Xie Xie

25.99


VARIOUS - Okinawa Sweet Girl Groups - Best of Marutaka Recordings

Okinawa Sweet Girl Groups - Best of Marutaka Recordings

25.99


- Noh Dojoji (with English subtitles)

Noh Dojoji (with English subtitles)

33.99


KEISHO IMAI - Hachidan

Hachidan

26.99


MICHIYO YAGI & TAMAYA HONDA - Dojo Vol.1

Dojo Vol.1

19.99


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

Brothers and Sisters (Limited Edition 2 CDs)

28.99


VARIOUS - RBC Radio Home Song Original - Reissue (2 CDs)

RBC Radio Home Song Original - Reissue (2 CDs)

27.99


PETER BROTZMANN, MICHIYO YAGI, PAAL NILDDEN-LOVE - Volda

Volda

24.99


TOKYO GAKUSO - Gagaku (UHQCD)

Gagaku (UHQCD)

19.99


VARIOUS - Gamelan Selonding 'Guna Winangun', Tenganan

Gamelan Selonding 'Guna Winangun', Tenganan

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

Dapper (with DVD) (Limited Edition)

31.99


KEISHO IMAI - Kotobuki Kurabe

26.99


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