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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

FU-CHING-GIDO - Earthlings

Earthlings

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HEATWAVE - Your Songs (2 CDs)

Your Songs (2 CDs)

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MINYO CRUSADERS - Echoes of Japan

Echoes of Japan

23.99


DARJEELING - 8 Shin Niyo- Winter Blend

8 Shin Niyo- Winter Blend

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VARIOUS ARTISTS / SANDII - Hula Hula Vol. 13 Nani Waialua

Hula Hula Vol. 13 Nani Waialua

17.99


KOJI UENO ET SOCIETE NOIRE LIVE - Settlement Report

Settlement Report

17.99


SEIJIN NOBORIKAWA - Seigwa Yaibin - Koza Terurin Sai Live

Seigwa Yaibin - Koza Terurin Sai Live

21.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Music from Okinawa 2018

Music from Okinawa 2018

17.99


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


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Songs of Manchuria - Asia Ni Norite - Uta to Manshu

 Songs of Manchuria - Asia Ni Norite - Uta to Manshu

19.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Asakusa Opera - 100 Years of Fascinating History

Asakusa Opera - 100 Years of Fascinating History

19.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Soldiers Steam Train - Forgotton Children's Songs 1934-1942

Soldiers Steam Train - Forgotton Children's Songs  1934-1942

19.99


OKINAWA AMERICANA - Okinawa Americana

Okinawa Americana

18.99


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


HARUOMI HOSONO - Vu Ja De (2 CDs)

Vu Ja De (2 CDs)

29.99


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 morning from 8am, 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 - Uchina Love Song

Uchina Love Song

28.99


VARIOUS ARTISTS - Bangkok Nites (Original Soundtrack)

Bangkok Nites (Original Soundtrack)

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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


NININBAYASHI - Biwa Duo

Biwa Duo

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KOUYA-SAN SHOMYO NO KAI - Kouya-san No Shomyo - Jorakukai

Kouya-san No Shomyo - Jorakukai

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LI HAIYAN, ZHEN JIANHUA, FIRST TROUPE OF CHINA NATIONAL PEKING OPERA COMPANY - Ying Tai Kang Hun - Yingtai Resists Marriage DVD

Ying Tai Kang Hun - Yingtai Resists Marriage DVD

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LEE SAENG-KANG - Poongjuk - Korean Tea Ceremony Music

Poongjuk - Korean Tea Ceremony Music

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BUM HOON PARK - Piri Sanjo of Bum Hoon Park Style- Music World of Bum Hoon Park- Solos, Duets and Trios Series 01

Piri Sanjo of Bum Hoon Park Style- Music World of Bum Hoon Park- Solos, Duets and Trios Series 01

19.99


SADAHITO CHINA - Shimauta Hangaku

Shimauta Hangaku

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VARIOUS - Music of Thailand (Smithsonian Folkways Custom CD)

Music of Thailand (Smithsonian Folkways Custom CD)

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VARIOUS - Showa no Dai Hit Daizenshu 1 - Greatest Hits of the Showa Era 1 (3 CDs)

Showa no Dai Hit Daizenshu 1 - Greatest Hits of the Showa Era 1  (3 CDs)

34.99


TOMITA - Clair de Lune- Ultimate Edition (SACD Hybrid) (Snowflakes are Dancing) SACD Hybrid: 2ch CD/2ch SACD/4.0ch SACD Surround + CD Extra

Clair de Lune- Ultimate Edition (SACD Hybrid) (Snowflakes are Dancing) SACD Hybrid: 2ch CD/2ch SACD/4.0ch SACD Surround + CD Extra

26.99


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