音吉プレミアム。

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.

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Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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8 Responses to 音吉プレミアム。

  1. zdorama says:

    I also filled a lot of holes in my J-Pop collection thanks to Otokichi Premium, especially that last elusive Miura Rieko single "Kamisama Kara Moratta Chance"The guy who runs the site is a really freindly and personable guy, who takes a genuine interest in finding j-pop singles and such for what he calls "treasure hunters". If you go on his site, you can read a really interesting story called "Do You Know this Song", where he attempted through his site and fellow customers to locate a song from the wartime! Really cool.

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  2. Hotaru says:

    Wow, you have a large collection of Jpop singles! Much more than me…(of course, you've probably been a fan a lot longer.) Thanks for sharing Otokichi Premium, it looks like a good site that will help me expand my collection…!

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  3. Saburo says:

    Treasure hunting is right!
    Memories of late 2001… I was searching for a ribbon concert ("Zoku Harlem Night") on laserdisc and e-mailed people on Japanese message boards for online stores that would ship internationally. I don't normally solicit help from online strangers but at the time I was desperate for any leads.
    Only one responded: Masayuki-san from the late, great "ribbon no page" fansite. He gave me the Okokichi URL, which impressed me with its vast inventory and simple layout. Otokichi owner Takahashi-san was prompt with every inquiry I sent him, found my laserdisc and the rest, as they say, is history.
    I regret not saving the e-mails from Masayuki, whose webpage closed shop some time ago. I am indebted to him for introducing me to the Otokichi store and its friendly owner.

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  4. Very cool to know there's someone who is willing and able to help people to find rarities, despite it's style! -Cheers!

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  5. zdorama it was either "Kamisama kara moratta chance" or "Dakishimete Destiny" that I got last. I can't quite remember which one it was. But yes these were really hard to find! Yes Masa is very personal and very helpful when looking for items for you! I remember reading that story on his site. It's pretty awesome how people helped out!

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  6. Hotaru I've been listening to and collecting J-Pop for almost 15 years. My brother built me large custom CD/DVD shelf which covers an entire bedroom wall but I've run out of room and the CDs and DVDs are taking over my room! lol. I bought another shelf a short while ago but that one's almost full too. At last count I have 1922 J-Pop albums & singles, not including any DVDs. And it keeps on growing. I hope that Otokichi Premium can help you find any J-Pop CDs that your looking for!

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  7. Saburo I remember you telling me about that friend you had online. This is such a great site that he shared with you and in turn you shared with us! 🙂

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  8. Dark Knightingale if you have a chance check out his site. He also sells American releases and you may find something cool and rare! Of course it's always better when you have something specific in mind that way you can request for him to find it if he doesn't already have it in stock.

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