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nikmis
Does anyone who lives or has lived in Japan know any names of store chains that sell electronic components? or perhaps know the kanji characters that I could search for on google, that mean things like 'electronic component store' or something.

I can do a mouser or digikey order of course, but right now I really just need a few common things fast, so I thought this might be the place to ask.

my problem is that I don't know japanese yet. watashiwa nikmis desu. thats about all i've got. thank you for your help
Babaluma
i used to get some stuff in large "tokyu hands" stores (the one in yokohama in particular used to sell resistors and opamps), but the last time i went in there a few weeks ago, it had all gone, and all they had were bulbs.

cat-a-tonic knows a little place in kawasaki.

can't help you with the kanji i'm afraid!
nikmis
oh :( well there is a 'tokyu hands' near me, i will check it out.

ok what about if i just wanted some plugs to make patch cords? any ideas?
andrewF
basically no.
You would have to get to Akihabara or some place in Osaka.
Try asking the Japanese synth diy group -
http://analog-synth.jp/e_index.html
Many members speak English, so don't be shy to post in English (I used to). They are very friendly and incredibly helpful.

This link is for creating a new thread -
http://analog-synth.jp/cgi/dkb_as02/dkbsystem.cgi?id=&md=new
there is enough English there to get by, you do not have to register/log-in or anything.
Hi5
So you are in Gifu?
Are you in Gifu-shi or some other part of the prefecture?
I actually lived in Gifu-shi for a couple years and your best bet will be to head over to Nagoya's Osu Kannon shopping area. There are a bunch of electronic shops there where many carry components. Some of these shops are buried in these arcade shopping areas similar to Akihabara so you may need to explore a bit. Osu Kannon isn't as extensive as Akihabara but there are still a lot of great finds to get a range of electronics.

If needed I think I still remember all the trains you need to get there from Nagoya station.
ndkent
http://jp.mouser.com/

Since the American mouser menu can be switched to Japanese, even if you don't buy from them you can use it as a translation tool.

I had a fun afternoon hunting in Akihabara for parts, mainly it's those two buildings with the tiny stalls with dealers specializing in just one kind of part. That said, I was looking for Chimera 2mm bananas and noticed all but the most specialized dealers seem to be buying wholesale from the same place because the connectors were not as diverse as one would suspect. You do see a couple old men selling tubes laid out on velvet for hundreds of dollars each. Ironically the very last place I had left to look actually had 2mm bananas so I felt I accomplished something (they are not common parts online).
nikmis
applause
houshu
In Ohsu area, there are quite a few electronics parts shops,
not the greatest as Akihabara though. Exploring the area will be fun.

As for critical parts like semiconductors, actually, some Japanese buy parts from Small Bear Electronics in US. They are useful even for Japanese.

As AndrewF mention, making connection to Japanese diy group is recommended. Some members live in Nagoya area.

andrewF wrote:
basically no.
You would have to get to Akihabara or some place in Osaka.
Try asking the Japanese synth diy group -
http://analog-synth.jp/e_index.html
Many members speak English, so don't be shy to post in English (I used to). They are very friendly and incredibly helpful.

This link is for creating a new thread -
http://analog-synth.jp/cgi/dkb_as02/dkbsystem.cgi?id=&md=new
there is enough English there to get by, you do not have to register/log-in or anything.
nathanxl
There are a lot of geeks at IAMAS in Ogaki-shi in Gifu Prefecture.
http://www.iamas.ac.jp/E/index.html
They will sort you out for parts.

If you are in Osaka you must head to DenDen Town (Nipponbashi), it is Osaka's Akihabara.
There is a shop there called Digit that will simply blow your mind. It sells everything you would need but also has a HUGE stock of salvaged/surplus/damaged/discontinued/ vintage componants.
It is my MUST stop shop everytime I go back to Osaka.
nikmis
nathanxl wrote:
There are a lot of geeks at IAMAS in Ogaki-shi in Gifu Prefecture.
http://www.iamas.ac.jp/E/index.html
They will sort you out for parts.

this is very interesting, as I work in Ogaki twice a month. Its very close. The link you provided is for a school in Ogaki, right? How do they sort someone out for parts?
nathanxl
They often (had)have exhibitions/open days/talks/conferences (some in english) at IAMAS. Start hanging around and you will soon find what intersts you.
The courses they run there are basically taking the hands on approach and some of the students are very innovative.

The Breadboard Band guys went to IAMAS and are fantastic folk.
http://www.breadboardband.org/

Not sure if they are still there but they could at least point you in the right direction.
c0ntr4d1ct10n
nathanxl wrote:
There are a lot of geeks at IAMAS in Ogaki-shi in Gifu Prefecture.
http://www.iamas.ac.jp/E/index.html
They will sort you out for parts.

If you are in Osaka you must head to DenDen Town (Nipponbashi), it is Osaka's Akihabara.
There is a shop there called Digit that will simply blow your mind. It sells everything you would need but also has a HUGE stock of salvaged/surplus/damaged/discontinued/ vintage componants.
It is my MUST stop shop everytime I go back to Osaka.


I'm bringing this topic back to life as I am currently in Kyoto. Went to check out the Marutsu store in Kyoto but was disappointed as it had exactly the same stock as Altronics in Perth (the most isolated capital city in the world). I am hopeful that this is because I'm in Kyoto and that I can find things like smd DAC8552s and LM1117, Stm32 chips, etc at the other Marutsu's or any other places in the more electronic regions of japan. Anyone come across these items somewhere in Japan?
mutedial
I am in JP. I tend to use mouser or tayda (or digikey). If your order on mouser is over 5,000jpy shipping is free (I think, it's been a while). I've also used Ali Express for things I need but not quickly.

I have occasionally ordered things from JP electronic components shops if I'm out of luck with mouser or tayda or am desperate. The prices aren't great, but they do have things occasionally that others won't.

For Japan some online shops are
Marutsu --- http://www.marutsu.co.jp/
Sengoku --- http://sengoku.co.jp/
Also check:
Aziku Denshi --- http://akizukidenshi.com/catalog/default.aspx
Sakuraya Denkiten --- http://www.sakurayadenkiten.com/
Wakamatsu --- http://www.wakamatsu-net.com/biz/
dub halley
Hello
May be this link could help ...ModuLabo

And the website ModuLabo
They organise some diy workshop ....

Cheers
c0ntr4d1ct10n
mutedial wrote:
I am in JP. I tend to use mouser or tayda (or digikey). If your order on mouser is over 5,000jpy shipping is free (I think, it's been a while). I've also used Ali Express for things I need but not quickly.

I have occasionally ordered things from JP electronic components shops if I'm out of luck with mouser or tayda or am desperate. The prices aren't great, but they do have things occasionally that others won't.

For Japan some online shops are
Marutsu --- http://www.marutsu.co.jp/
Sengoku --- http://sengoku.co.jp/
Also check:
Aziku Denshi --- http://akizukidenshi.com/catalog/default.aspx
Sakuraya Denkiten --- http://www.sakurayadenkiten.com/
Wakamatsu --- http://www.wakamatsu-net.com/biz/


Thanks. I will see if any of these have actual stores.

Btw I stumbled into here http://silicon.kyohritsu.com wandering around Den Den Town in Osaka. It was right after I thoroughly dug through Marutsu's stock (a bit better than Kyoto but still couldnt find anything I needed).
nikmis
oh yeah, I still live in Japan. Everything for me is tayda or marutsu, occasionally even rakuten and amazon.co.jp

things are a lot easier because I can read now. When I first got here it was all just squiggles
c0ntr4d1ct10n
Has anyone come across the Adafruit oled displays (for use in uO_C and uBraids) in Akihabara at a price lower than those sold by Marutsu? I saw some at Kyohritsu in Osaka that are about 2000¥ but these are a different brand.
c0ntr4d1ct10n
I just had a look through Electric Town today. Seems like its not the place for those wanting to build any smd modules. Knobs are also really expensive - lowest was about 140¥ each.

At least I still have my original goal of collecting heaps of cheap random vinyl records for sampling.
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