The world’s best record shops #074: Revelation Time, Osaka





A lightbulb moment.

Every week, we pick out one must-visit spot from a different city around the world with photos and a little bit of history. Think of it as a kind of 1000 places to see before you die for record shops.

Having visited Disk Union and Dub Store in Tokyo on our travels, our next stop in Japan is in Osaka and the unassumingly fantastic Revelation Time, an essential stop off for discerning DJs and locals alike.

Revelation Time

Location: 〒542-0081 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka

Go for: International leftfield dance music and Japanese originals

What’s the story? One of several must-visit shops in Osaka (make a bee-line for Rare Groove too), Eiji Tanaguchi’s Revelation Time is something of a sanctuary. As his deeply recumbent chill-out vocal mix for VF last year shows, Revelation Time is a superb source of Japanese pop, cosmic groove and crisp boogie-funk, an area Eiji’s increasingly supplementing with choice cuts from Korea, Hong Kong and further afield in Asia.

Opened thirteen years ago as an online business, Revelation Time went physical in 2009 and specialises in a broad sweep of leftfield dance music, whether riding high on disco, new wave, afro, house, drum ‘n’ bass and UK garage, or slowing things down with with reggae, Balearic and new age rarities.

Friendly and with a personal attention to detail that’s so becoming of small record shops – like Cedric, you might get a coffee too – the deep knowledge behind the counter at Revelation Time will leave your collection enlightened and your soul uplifted.