Today I payed a visit to my friend Yoshida-kun’s vinyl record store Prototype. Prototype deals in import and 2nd hand records in the following genres: reggae, soul, funk, jazz, Latin, Brazilian, punk, rock, dance… the list goes on. Though the majority of his customers are DJs or serious record collectors, Yoshida’s philosophy is that his shop is not just for the expert musos, but for anyone with an interest. One thing Yoshida likes is talking to people, and sharing what he knows, so his shop is welcome to all, even the most absolute novice. The shop has a very relaxed atmosphere, being not merely a business but a social hub, and many of his friends in the neighborhood frequently pop in for a chat.
Though it’s true that the music in Prototype could easily be ordered online, the little space Yoshida-kun has created is a venue for people to talk about music and share their enthusiasms. It’s a good place and well worth a visit. There is also a little Italian restaurant on the first floor I may have to try sometime.
I asked Yoshida-kun why he called his shop “Prototype” and he said his idea was one of continuing improvement. An interesting man. Protoype is situated a short walk from City Hall （市役所前）on the corner of Gokomachi and Anekoji Street (御幸町通姉小路角) on the 2nd floor of the Ion building. Look for the yellow sign with the lion. Opening hours are from 1.00 p.m. ~ 9.00 p.m. Tel/fax: 075-256-0112.