Face Records is the record selling entity of the company Face to Face Ltd.
Shinichi Takei, the CEO and founder of the company, started selling records in 1993 as a mail order service first and he opened the Shibuya store in 1996.
This very nice little shop has about 3 000 records of mainly soul, funk and jazz records.
Takei-san travels abroad extensively (about 6 times a year, to the US mainly, not much to Europe anymore…) to buy interesting pieces.
The mail order business still represents about 70% of the company sales and there is an English version of the site. And it is interesting to notice that they have a mobile site as well (and in English too !). Rare enough in Japan to be underlined…
On the web, you will find a very smart video to show you how to get to the store. Considering how difficult it is to find a place in Shibuya’s back streets, this very good idea is a life saver.
One more thing : they recently started a “shopping point program” that enables buyers to get dicsounts.
Finally, you will find in the store various accessories of great design for your eyes AND your listening pleasure : needles and cartridges (one from Taruya with a very good sound), original design holders (wooden and brass, some with interesting donut shapes…), all sorts of tools to store your records (hard sleeves, special boxes, etc.) and a beautiful made in Japan wooden box that will allow you to carry around safely your favorite collection.
Have a look at the site and, when you stop by Tokyo, do not forget to pay them a visit.
#203, 41-23 Udagawa-cho,
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0042
Tel : 03-3462-5696