Located between Shibuya and Harajuku (close to big Shibuya fire station, on the street going towards Yoyogi Park), Coco Isle Music Market is one of those exquisite super hyper specialized records stores. You are into Jamaican and Hawaiian reggae ? This is your place.
Kazuki Nakamura opened this shop in 2003. He sells mainly vinyls (a little bit of CDs), second hand and new, that he buys on his regular trips mainly to the US (Hawaii – Nakamura-san does not travel to Europe). The total stock is probably between 20 and 30 000 records, mainly 7 inches. Soca, rocksteady, ska, Caribbean vintage from the 50’s and 60’s,… no doubt you will find something you like is those racks.
Nakamura-san runs 2 websites (www.coco-isle.com for the shop and www.reggaemusic.jp for on-line sales) both are simple and quite user friendly. There is no English version but it is easy enough to understand place orders without any problem.
Some famous artists come to Coco Isle to dig : Mad Professor, U-Roy or Scientist stopped by and signs their records.
And at night, you can enjoy Nakamura-san’s DJing in some good Tokyo reggae clubs, such as Roots Reggae (in Shinjuku).
Coco Isle Music Market
Funi Bldg 4F, 1-3-2
Tel : 03-3770-1909