Recently a friend here on VOX asked me where would be a good place to look for rare out of print CDs. Otokichi Premium is a great place to shop for just about any genre of music. His shop specializes in rare J-Pop, Anime, Idol, Enka, and American music releases. And if there's a rare item(s) that you're looking for that he doesn't have you can e-mail him with your wish list and he'll do his best to try to acquire them. There's also no obligation with this service just in case you find it sooner or change your mind later. I've found a lot of rare items on his site and through his "wants list" service over the years dating back to the mid 90's when I was trying to complete my CoCo and Miura Rieko collections. And since then he's been a great help in getting me a lot of out of print releases from many different artists. I even got my copy of Asayan's Morning Musume "Ai no tane" single with the original autographed post card and picture from Otokichi Premium. You can pay by money order and he accepts Paypal too which makes it really easy and convenient. I highly recommend checking out his site if you're looking for something that's been hard to find or just browse his inventory as you never know what you may just find there. Here's the link to his English website: Otokichi Premium. When searching for an artist's name be sure to type in the last name first otherwise it won't be found.
Following are some of my J-Pop collections that I wouldn't have been able to complete without the help of Otokichi Premium.
In case you're wondering why I have multiple copies of some of CoCo's & Miura Rieko's album releases it's because with some of them I'd find a copy without the obi or extras and then later I'd get a copy with the obi. I normally keep the obi's inside their cases but with my CoCo albums I have them on the outside as they just look a bit prettier like that.
Sakai Noriko's first 4 singles were released as 45's and even back then Japanese releases had first press editions! The "Yumeboken" 45 is a first pressing which came with a sticker. I also completed my Moritaka Chisato album & single collection with a lot of help from Otokichi Premium. Awhile back I wrote a post about how Moritaka Chisato was connecting with Hello! Project and that post and her complete album & single discography can be found here: The Moritaka Connection. I hope that you too are able to find great items at Otokichi Premium's site that you've had a hard time getting.