Opened in 1993, Dub Store Records is as professional as can be when it comes to dealing with reggae music. The name of the place is actually a bit misleading : this is not so much a store than a whole company dedicated to providing all sorts of things about reggae.
Located in Shinjuku, they have probably about 70 000 records in stock (80% LPs, 50 000 new, 20 000 second hand). But they do not sell only records : books, accessories, cassettes, VHS, clothes (a bit), you will find it all there.
Among the things worth mentioning : they translated into Japanese and published the famous book “The Rough Guide to Reggae”, which is a must have for any reggae fan.
Their on-line activity is very professional as well : they run different sites for sales, news about reggae events, various information about reggae music, etc. (www.ReggaeRecord.com, www.ReggaeCollector.com, www.WorldReggaeNews.com), they have pages in English and their on-line shops are well organized (a large part of their sales is done on line, and about 20% of their total turnover comes from abroad sales). So, feel free to give it a shot. They even have a mobile website (www.m.ReggaeRecord.com).
Other things of interest : they produce their own records (about twice a year), often some unpublished tracks, and you can see that a lot of reggae artists coming to Tokyo stop by their store because they have quite many posters signed (Jah Shaka, Iration Steppers,…). And of course, they travel to Jamaica themselves to find some good stuff (once to twice a year).
When it comes to reggae music, what those guys do is quite impressive.
Dub Store Records
7-13-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tel : 03-5389-1423