5月4日 一箱レコード市 One Box Record Fair

3 May

Spring 2021 Record News

2 Feb

Note that many record shops are likely to shorten their hours, and events may be cancelled or curtailed due to the COVID-19 situation.

Tokyo/ Yokohama

Apr 17-18 Shimokitazawa Bonus Track Record Market

May 1 Yokohama Downbeat International Jazz Day DJ Session/ Record Sale POSTPONED

May 4 One Box Record Fair Shimokitazawa Good Heavens!

Outside Tokyo

Mar 10-15 Tsu Matsubishi Dept Store Record Bargain

Mar 16-30 Kyoto Tokyu Dept Store Add Some Records to Your Day Record & CD Fair

Mar 26-28 Hamamatsu Create Hamamatsu CD & Record show

Mar 28-Apr 3 Hiroshima Shareo Disc Sale

Mar 31 – Apr 5 Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin Record & CD Disc Sale

Apr 8-19 Kitakami (Iwate) Sakurano Dept Store Record & CD Festival

Apr 9-21 Kyoto Maruzen Ongaku Mania

Apr 14-19 Fukuyama Ongaku Ichiba

Apr 24-May 13 Fukuoka Ongaku Mania

Apr 28-May 6 Takamatsu Mitsukoshi Used Cd/ Record Fair

May 1-4 Nagoya GW 2nd Hand Record & CD Sale

May 11-18 Hirosaki Sakurano Dept Store 2nd Hand Record & CD Sale

May 15-Jul 11 Sendai E Beans Record Market

Jun 4-6 Hamamatsu Record & CD Summer Carnival

Jun 11-13 Kanazawa Motenashi Dome Record & CD Summer Carnival

The first 10 years …

31 Dec

March 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the One Box Record Fair. As I write I don’t know whether or not we’ll be able to celebrate this milestone in the style we’d like to, but in the meantime, here is a brief rundown of our first decade.


Back in the autumn of 2010 MattB and I were looking at putting on a small-scale event where we could meet like-minded collectors and broaden our musical horizons. We borrowed the idea (with permission) from the One Box Book Fair held in the Yanesen area of Tokyo and the first event was to have been at Funkstep, a great basement bar in Kichijoji. Sadly, the owner had to close suddenly but one of his regular customers stepped in and offered to let us use his own store, Onigiri Station. Two weeks before the first OBRF was due to take place the Great East Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster put a stop to most events but we decided to go ahead and the turnout was fantastic.

2010年秋、MattBと私は志を同じくするレコード・コレクターとの出会いを求めて、そして自分たちの音楽の幅を広げるためにも何か小規模なイベントをやろうと考え、東京の谷根千で行われていた「一箱古本市」のアイディアを借りて、そのイベントを「一箱レコード市(OBRF)」と名付けました。最初に開催する予定だった吉祥寺の「Funkstep」という店は残念ながら急遽閉店してしまったのですが、その店の常連客の一人が自分の店を使ってはどうかと申し出てくれました。その店が第一回のOBRFの会場となった「ONIGIRI STATION」でした。開催の2週間前に東日本大震災が起こって、津波と原発事故の影響でほとんどのイベントが中止になっていたので迷いましたが、私たちは実行に移すことに決めました。そして、素晴らしい参加者が集まりました。

The One Box Record Fair moved to a bigger space in Koenji at Bar Dynamo and once the word had got around its popularity grew steadily until both Dynamo’s owner and Matt left Japan and for a while we were ronin, with occasional events at the likes of Bar Curtis in Shinjuku, World Kitchen Baobab in Kichijoji, and Substore in Koenji. For the past few years Good Heavens! in Shimokitazawa have been our gracious hosts twice a year, with the plan being to have a third event elsewhere each year to attract new customers and sellers. Miro in Kichijoji was the last one of those before the pandemic put a stop to our activities.

その後、OBRFの会場は「ONIGIRI STATION」よりもっと広い高円寺の「Bar Dynamo」に移り、噂が広まって人気も高まりましたが、DynamoのオーナーもMattBも二人とも日本を離れることになりました。その後は、新宿の「Bar Curtis」、吉祥寺の「 World Kitchen Baobab」、高円寺の 「Substore」などを借りて継続しました。ここ数年は下北沢の「Good Heavens!」で年2回開催していますが、それ以外の場所でも年1回は開催して、新しいお客さんや出店者を呼び込む計画です。吉祥寺の「ミロ」は、パンデミックの影響でOBRFの活動を休止する前の最後のイベントでした。

Over the years we’ve had some outstanding guest DJs and sellers, plus numerous celebrity customers, but the main reason we keep it going is that the sheer unpredictability still makes it fun to do. When you have a twenty-something collector with a box of Punk 45s next to a guy in his 70s selling Soul Jazz and Hard Bop LPs and they hit it off it feels like we’re doing something right and all the cliches about music bringing people together have some substance.


Where do we go from here? Well, a lot depends on how the situation develops in Tokyo over the next few months. We hope to do something in the spring and plan to make a decision on the date and venue in February. Later in the year we aim to do our first event outside Tokyo, at Downbeat in Yokohama, which was originally set for Spring 2020. As usual, the WordPress blog will be updated as and when other events take place in Japan. Hopefully we can add at least one or two of our own in the coming months.


Winter 2020/21 Record News

27 Sep

Note that many record shops are likely to shorten their hours, and events may be cancelled or curtailed due to the State of Emergency announced Jan 7th for Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa.


Oct 18 Sasazuka Bowl Raw Def Market

Oct 31 4th Kogeneyu Record Flea Market

Nov 22 Record Conbini presents Kissa Randori Record Fleamarket

Outside Tokyo

Oct 2-4 87th Hiroshima Disk Sale

Oct 6-Dec 13 Sendai E Beans Grand Record & CD Ichi

0ct 15-22 Kyoto Ongaku Mania (Maruzen B2)

Oct 21-Nov 1 Kitakami (Iwate) Record & CD Festival in Sakurano Dept Store

Oct 22-Nov 23 Kagoshima Maruzen Tenmonkan Record Fair

Oct 23-25 Takamatsu CD & Record Fair

Oct 31-Nov 3 Matsuyama Disk Market (Tokyu Hands)

Nov 6-8 Nagoya Record/ CD Dai Shuukakusai

Nov 10-15 Kokura Eki Naka Hon no Ichi

Nov 23-29 Kanazawa Tokyu Square Record/CD/Book Fair

Nov 27-29 Hamamatsu CD & Record Show

Dec 9-14 Kurashiki Ongaku Market

Jan 6-12 Osaka Hanshin Dept Store Record & CD Fes

Jan 7-14 Kyoto Fujidai Record Fair

Jan 16-Feb 14 Fukuoka Maruzen Hakata-ten Disk Sale

Feb 22-28 Osaka Twin 21 Disk Sale

Feb 23- Mar 1 Kobe Hankyu 9F Record and CD Fes

See you in 2021

21 Sep


Sadly we will not be holding the One Box Record Fair until next year. Hope to see you then.

Summer Record News

25 Jul


to Aug 2 Ikebukuro Yamano Gakki Nishi-ikebukuro Analogue Record Fair


Outside Tokyo

July 22 – Aug 3 Okayama Maruzen Disk Sale

Aug 8-10 Nagoya Summer 2nd hand CD & Record Sale CANCELLED

Sep 1-7 Osaka Twin 21 Disk Sale

Next One Box Record Fair

27 Mar

(English follows Japanese)


We are sad to announce that we will have to postpone our events in Yokohama (April 26th) and Shimokitazawa (May 3rd) until the Autumn. Stay tuned by following us on Twitter or Instagram.

Spring 2020 Record News

14 Jan

** Due to COVID-19 events may be subject to change. This page will be kept as up to date as possible, but please check with organisers/venues**


Jun 20 Record Store Day Japan (Postponed from Apr 18)

RSD Japan will now take place over three dates, Aug 29, Sep 26, and Oct 24, known as “RSD Drops”

The All-Japan Record Summer Carnival events due to be held between June and August in Hamamatsu, Kanazawa, Osaka, Sendai, Toyohashi, Morioka, & Nagoya have been cancelled.


Tokyo/ Yokohama area

CANCELLED Apr 26 One Box Record Fair, Downbeat, Yokohama CANCELLED

CANCELLED May 3 One Box Record Fair, Shimokitazawa Good Heavens!, Tokyo CANCELLED


Outside Tokyo

Feb 2 Odawara Record Matsuri

Feb 14-24 Sendai Maruzen Aeru Record Ichi (Disk Union)

Feb 17-27 Hiroshima Tokyu Hands Record and Furuhon Ichi

Mar 6-8 CANCELLED Hamamatsu CD & Record Show CANCELLED

Mar 26-31 CANCELLED Kobe Chuko & Haiban Record/CD Fes CANCELLED

Mar 28 – Apr 5 Kokura Eki Naka Hon no Ichi (Books & Records)

Mar 30 – Apr 5 Hiroshima Groovin’ Disc Sale in Shareo

Apr 3-5 Fukuoka Tenjin Record Matsuri

Until Apr 5 Sendai EBeans Dai Record CD Ichi

Apr 25 – May 7 CANCELLED Fukuoka Junkudo Maruzen Ongaku Mania CANCELLED

Apr 25 – May 10 Kyoto Record Choi Fair, Ogaki Shoten Aeon Mall

May 8-10 Osaka Umeda Act Three Record Festa (RESCHEDULED FROM Apr 3-5 )

Autumn/Winter 2019 Record News

4 Oct


Nov 2 Discogs presents Mystic Crates, Zepp Tokyo

Nov 11-12 Sala de Musica, Shibuya Home

Nov 17 World Record Sale, Kichijoji Baobab

Dec 1 One Box Record Fair, Kichijoji Miro

Dec 15 Koganeyu Record Fair, Kinshicho


Outside Tokyo:

Oct 8-14 Kumamoto Record fair in Sannenzaka

Oct  11-14 Hiroshima Disc Sale

Oct 11-22 Kyoto Record & CD Choi Matsuri, Aeon Mall Katsuragawa

Oct  12-14 Kanazawa Chika Motenasi Domu Autumn Disc Fair

Oct 24 – Dec 8 Sendai E-Beans Record Market

Nov 1-4 Osaka, Umeda Record & CD Sale

Nov 1-4 Takamatsu Used CD & Record Fair

Nov 9-10 Nagoya Aki no Daishukakusai

Nov 22-28 Osaka Twin 21 Disc Sale

Nov 30 – Dec 1 Osaka, Kohama Shotengai Onban Daigaku

Dec 2-6 Hiroshima Shareo Groovin’ Disc Sale

Dec 4 – 9 Kurashiki Ongaku Ichiba

Dec 18-24 Okayama Vintage Record & CD Dai Ichi

Dec 18-26 Kyoto Takashimaya Life With Music

Dec 25-28 Osaka Hankyu Record & CD Fes

Summer 2019 Record News

6 Aug


Sep 8 World Record Market, Kichijoji Baobab

Sep 16 One Box Record Fair, Shimokitazawa Good Heavens!

Nov 2 Discogs presents Mystic Crates, Zepp Tokyo


Outside Tokyo:

Aug 8-20 Toyohashi Honokuni Dept Store Record CD Bargain

Aug 10-12 All Japan Record Carnival Nagoya

Aug 14-20 Hanshin Dept. Store Used Book & Record Fes, Osaka

Aug 26 – Sep 1 Korinbo Tokyu Square Record/ CD/ Used Book Fair, Kanazawa

to Sep 16 Nagano Tokyu Bekkan Record & CD Sale

Sep 4-9 Fukuyama Ongaku Ichiba

Sep 7-23 Nagoya Parco 7F Record & CD Market

Sep 11-16 Gifu Takashimaya Record Market

Sep 14-16 Toyama Record & CD Sale

Sep 21-23 Create Hamamatsu Record & CD Show

Sep 25-30 Hiroshima Tenmaya Midorii CD Record Grand Sale

Sep 27-29 Morioka Sun Biru Record Fair

Nov 1-4 Osaka, Umeda Record & CD Sale