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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:24 pm    Post subject: "Ochanomizu"........ tokyo super guitar street !!! Reply with quote

Ochanomizu.


Ochanomizu (Japanese: 御茶ノ水) is a neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. It extends from the Yushima section of Bunkyo-ku to the Kanda section of Chiyoda-ku. Meiji University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and Juntendo University all have main campuses in the area. Ochanomizu Station on the Chūō Line is the transport hub of the district. Prior to the Great Kantō earthquake, Ochanomizu University was also there; after the earthquake, it moved to its present location in the Ōtsuka neighborhood of Bunkyo-ku. Ochanomizu is also the location of the Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Nicholai-dō).

Ochanomizu is famous for its many musical instrument stores, as well as ski and snowboard shops located a short walk from the station; it is known as the "go-to" district for bargain-conscious musicians and sportsmen.

Ocha-no-mizu literally means "tea water", after the nearby Kanda River from which water was extracted to make the shogun's tea during the Edo period.

Ochanomizu Station (both JR and Marunouchi lines) is convenient to access Yushima Seidō, Yushima Tenjin, and Kanda Myōjin.


http://guitarsjapan.com/Japanese_Guitar_Shops.html
http://www.ochanomizu.info/C12268.html

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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took part in a Karate tournament that was run by Meiji University Karate club (Shito-ryu but I think they're Shotokan now) and I remember Ochanomizu station very well.
Representatives from the club met us at the train and between us and them I'd never seen so many brightly coloured tracksuits in my life...lol.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


I was there exactly this time last year (and the year before too!), didn't make it this year with the dollar the way it is ).

I actually prefer the guitar stores across from the bus station in Shibuya (mainly Ikebe Gakki stores and a Key Music) or the Ishibashi in the Parco building in Ikebekuro.. I found the Ochonamizu stores to be expensive and lots of the same stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they are basically all similar, selling the gtrs for about the same prices
except whenever they have the bargen items for whatever their
reasons. all the stores mentioned here are the national chain store
kinds. there are also so many small shops in tokyo area alone.
ishibashi is always really good. the best one.

from the biggest here........


1 / ishibashi.

2 / ikebe.

3 / key.

4 / kurosawa.

5 / rockinn

6 / ESP stores.

7 / shimamura.

8 / yamaha stores


something like this. just an easy idea.........





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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ishibashi.co.jp/webshop/global/index.html

ishibashi internationally here........
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ishibashi-webshop.jp/shop/contents3/imc.aspx

ishibashi gives you the pointcard like the mileagecard of the airlines.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ishibashi is cool, bought a couple of guitars from them. They even advised me against buying a used model once after they had inspected it and found cracks in the neck pocket.

They took and sent pics and asked if I would still be interested. I wished all online shops would do that
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was listed a "C"-condition...

http://www.arkay.de/guitars/bacchus/index.html

It has a couple of dings, but I got it for small money so I'm very happy.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See I've been dealing with Ishibashi online for a few years now and have been very happy with them, but when I went to Tokyo, I found their stores were a bit crap, I much preferred Ikebe and Music Key for 'in store' purchases.. especially Music Key cos they have so many 'special run' guitars for sale!

Big Boss (the second hand store?) in Ochanamizu is AWESOME though!!
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are a pleasure to deal with online from my experience, haven't been to Japan yet so I don't know what the stores are like in person.

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

by the way "ishibashi" means "the stone bridge" and there is that
famous japa comedian asshole guy named "takaaki ishibashi" who
has been very popular in japan since the 80s. dont get it why
he is so popular here when he is just a solid scumbag basically.

anyways ishibashi is very good company no doubt !!!!!!
great to have them here on the earth........
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And one of the few Japanese online shops which allows paying by credit card. Ikebe Gakki only does bank transfer.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ArKay wrote:
They are a pleasure to deal with online from my experience, haven't been to Japan yet so I don't know what the stores are like in person.

Hey Mow


Hey man!!

Ishibashi are excellent online, I very rarely buy guitars local any more.

Man, you gotta make the trip across.. will blow your mind, its probably only a 3 hr flight for you? Do it man, go for a long weekend, good time of the year right now too, end of cherry blossom season so not many tourists.

I miss the yakitori bars soooo much.. I'd move to Japan tomorrow if I could, drop everything, just go.. Open a little Italian cafe serving authentic basic home style Italian cooking, little blue vespa parked out the front, pot plants, red checked table cloths, small.. no more than 8 tables.. Open it in Meguro.. sigh... one day..
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Mr.Mow"]
ArKay wrote:
Hey man!!

Ishibashi are excellent online, I very rarely buy guitars local any more.

Man, you gotta make the trip across.. will blow your mind, its probably only a 3 hr flight for you? Do it man, go for a long weekend, good time of the year right now too, end of cherry blossom season so not many tourists.

I miss the yakitori bars soooo much.. I'd move to Japan tomorrow if I could, drop everything, just go.. Open a little Italian cafe serving authentic basic home style Italian cooking, little blue vespa parked out the front, pot plants, red checked table cloths, small.. no more than 8 tables.. Open it in Meguro.. sigh... one day..


I also keep watching stuff through Rinkya, but somehow I haven't felt like going through their bidding process yet. Their cost calculation seems a little confusing as well.

From China it would be 3h, but I'm currently in Germany. I will consider it for my next trip down there. Haven't had a real honeymoon with my wife yet. Do you need to apply for a visa beforehand or do you simply fill out an application on the plane?

Leaving everything behind is what I'm gonna do one day as well, but I will move to China since my wife's family lives there. No idea what I will do for a living yet though.
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