Tokyo Dreaming compilation delves into Nippon Columbia’s ’80s archive





Featuring 16-tracks including music from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hitomi Penny Tohyama, Yumi Murata, Shigeo Sekito and Juicy Fruits.

A new compilation called Tokyo Dreaming delving into music from the vaults of Nippon Columbia, and its Better Days sub-label, is being released via Wewantsounds this November.

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Nippon Columba is one of Japan’s most storied record labels, with its Better Days sub-label becoming the destination for a new generation of pop artists looking to experiment with ambient, electro and funk during the ’70s.

Compiled by journalist Nick Luscombe, Tokyo Dreaming features records released by the two labels during the 1980s, with tracks by artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama, Juicy Fruits, Yumi Murata, Shigeo Sekito, and Chika Asamoto.

Tokyo Dreaming follows Wewantsounds’ reissue of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 1981 album Hidari Ude No Yume.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Tokyo Dreaming’s 27th November release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.



Side A

1. Ryuichi Sakamoto – The End Of Asia
2. Mariah – Shinzo No Tobira Mariah
3. Chika Asamoto – Self Control
4. Jun Fukamachi – Treasure Hunter

Side B

1. Yumi Murata – Watashi No Bus
2. Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama – Rainy Driver
3. Yumi Seino – La Maison Est En Ruine
4. Kyoko Furuya – Tokyo


1. Kazue Itoh – Chinatown Rose
2. Kazumi Watanabe – Tokyo Joe
3. Juicy Fruits – (Jenie Gets Angry)
4. Haruo Chikada&vibra-tones – Soul Life

Side B

1. Colored Music – Heartbeat
2. Akira Sakata – Room
3. Yasuaki Shimizu – Semi Tori No Hi
4. Shigeo Sekito – The Word Ⅱ

Banner photo: Hitomi Penny Tohyama (c) Nippon Columbia