Digging in Tokyo: Dessinee Shop
Tokyo is a paradise for vinyl collectors! In the right neighborhood, you’ll bump into a record store around every corner, and Shibuya is definitely the “right” neighborhood. Everywhere you wander you’ll find a new record shop, audio gear store, or vinyl bar to tempt you inside. Just a short distance south of Shibuya crossing, you will find Dessinee Shop.
Dessinee Shop is slightly off of the main drag, so it’s easy to miss if you stick too close to the hectic center of Shibuya, but it’s well worth the side trip!
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Focus: Unique lineup of Soul, Jazz, Indie Rock/Pop, Funk, Latin, French
17-7 Uguisudanicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 81 (0)3 6873 4062
Although Dessinee is just outside of the central Shibuya music scene, I’m so glad I took the time to visit! This shop was charming, and I walked away with a pile of records I couldn’t wait to put on the turntable.
The shop sells a unique combo of vinyl, CDs, clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Selling men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories; Dessinee Shop has so much to browse through!
I’m not sure if it’s the clothing and music combo, the eclectic Soul, Jazz, and Indie vinyl selection, or the charming female staff, but Dessinee Shop was definitely the record store in which I saw the most women digging for records.
Whatever their charm, it obviously worked on me since I went away with a stack of vinyl (and even a few CDs, which I rarely buy!).
Dessinee Shop was originally started in Kobe, Japan in 2005 by Masao Maruyama ( 丸山雅生 ). He moved the shop to Tokyo about two years ago, and now has two main staff members and a few part time employees.
Masao is a DJ, designer, and all-around-music-aficionado. He seems to tackle a little bit of everything in the music industry including reissuing rare releases, designing record jackets, and designing and building all of the shelving in his shop. He said he got his start collecting records when he was just a student. After university, he worked several years in his father’s company before opening a record shop in Kobe.
Dessinee Shop focuses on stocking “good music” from all over the world; the store’s slogan is “File under Good Music o/w Fantastic Something.” Masao especially focuses on obscure European, Japanese, American, and South American vinyl. He says he likes music with melody, but cares not whether it’s new or old.
Several times each year, Masao travels to Europe to buy records. He generally heads to France and the Netherlands, bringing his portable turntable to listen to vinyl in record stores and antique shops.
Masao shows off his new bag of Discogs swag, along with one of his favorite releases in the shop: Armando Trovaioli‘s Soundtrack for the movie Il Commissario Pepe. This is one of the recent re-issues from Masao’s label, Production Dessinée.
Production Dessinée re-issues many fantastic releases from around the world. Most releases from Production Dessinée and Disques Dessinee (the original name of the label) are reissued on CD, but they also have reissued several 7″s.
There are two listening stations set up around the shop in which you can hear all Production Dessinée releases.
If you are feeling indecisive or in need of a music suggestion, Dessinee Shop has a friendly and knowledgable staff eager to help out. Masao speaks English fluently, and of all the shops we visited in Tokyo we definitely spent the longest chatting and browsing in this delightful little shop.
So once you tire of the packed streets, noise, and hustle and bustle of Shibuya, head to Dessinee Shop for some mellow browsing.
Or see a full list of the record stores Discogs visited in Japan:
Vinyl Vacation: Digging in Tokyo