Osaka’s quirky nature of offering hard to find gems isn’t exclusive to Especial Records but it is one worth finding, if not for the bizarre architecture directly opposite then for the jazz, salsa, funk and soul vinyls in this record shop. It’s about as big as a shoe box but don’t let that fool you because the music selection is as deep as the ocean.

There’s a focus on rhythmic funk, jazz and some excellent deep house. Yoshihiro Okino, the owner speaks a little English, is typically hospitable and is chill enough to just let you dig and spin as you need while even pointing  you to his suggestions.

Especial Records is located at:

4-9-2 Minami-Senba, Chuo-Ku
Osaka, Japan.
+81 6 62410366

10/20/2012 Shops


It took some work to find it but suitably hidden off the backstreets in Ebisu is the uber meticulously curated second hand bookshop limArt. Specialising in art, interiors, photography and graphics each book is displayed to perfection. Multiple copies of volumes from the Designrådet (Danish Design Council) are alphabetised on a table counter next to ultra rare first editions from Physicist Joachim-Ernst Behrendt and journals  by On Kawara. Not to mention a 1985 copy of Andy Warhol’s America. I probably spent an hour in here just reading.

Gallery space in the back as well. Also ’bout 100m up the hill on the opposite is an amazing antique interior store in a nondescript residential building. Both were well worth visiting.

It’s ridiculous pricing too by the way so pack your Yen.

limArt is located at:
2-10-3 1F Ebisu-Minami, Shibuya-Ku (map)
Tokyo, Japan
+81 3 3713-8670

10/16/2012 Shops

I’m going to insist that Seddon’s Common Galaxia not be a one off in the emerging growth area of the Western Suburbs. Designed by Luke Mutton of Sunkland Project the fit out does a solid job of commanding more savoriness than the food itself. The architect states that he was inspired by the wooden cafe aesthetic of Japanese & Scandinavian architecture along with the futuristic integration of Bauhaus design. Let’s just say Walter Gropius would be pleased with the result.

Looking back at my meal there I seem to remember the design more than anything else. I just get all giddy when I see clean concrete, timber and straight lines.

And that’s not to say that the meal was forgettable. Far from it actually. The varied selection of baked eggs on their breakfast menu threw up different selections from R and I, with added bacon of course.

Coffee and Tea were good, as you’d expect from the owners of Dead Man Espresso. Coffee’s provided by Seven Seeds and Market Lane and brewed very confidently by the friendly Barista.

Common Galaxia is located at:

Shop 3/130 Victoria Street, Seddon.
Melbourne, Australia.
(03) 9689 0309

10/16/2012 Food