Japanese 78rpm records

From the collection of Adam Miller, New Zealand.

This first section is based upon one collection in Wellington in early 2013.  Most are pre-WW2, had their original sleeve, and many also had their original slip-in.
To begin with, I've just put up a selection of labels rather than both sides of all the records.
Any information on the date of the records, the artist or tune would be much appreciated and will be updated here.
Feel free to contact me.




Japan King11091

Japan King record slip

Japan King record sleeve



Nipponophone slip

Japan Nipponophone record sleeve

Nipponophone sleeve back


Nitto record1240

Nitto record sleeve

Nitto record sleeve back



Nitto electric record sleeve


Nitto record slip


Nipponophone Co Ltd
Orient record3618

Orient slip

Orient Factory, Nipponophone Co Ltd

Orient record slip

Orient record sleeve

Orient record sleeve back

Nipponophone Co Ltd, Made in Japan


Orient slip

Made in Japan
Orient record1868

Orient record sleeve

orient sleeve


Japan polydor10121

japan polydor sleeve

polydor japan record sleeve

Japan polydor664

japan polydor record sleeve

japan polydor sleeve


regal japan66080

japan regal slip



Teichiku slip

Teichiku record sleeve


Made in Japan Taihei Gramophone Co Hanshin Line
Taihei record4503, 1934

taihei record sleeve

Made in Nippon Taihei Gramophone Co Nishinomiya


Made in Japan Dainippon Gramophone Co Nishinomiya



toa record1262
Yamamura Toyoko, "Yakko-san", a Geisha performance.

Recorded in Japan
Toa record181
"Seryoku Tomigoro", a Naniwabushi narrative song.


Tsuru record2392

Tsuru record slip

Tsuru record sleeve

Tsuru record sleeve back


Japan victor50313

Victor japan sleeve

RCA Victor

Japan victor recordKI-6

RCA Victor Japan sleeve

A second collection was obtained in March 2015.  This time they were all post-WW2 - between 1946 and 1952.
Most likely brought back to New Zealand by a serviceman previously stationed in Japan.
A selection showing the label variants present is shown below.  Sadly only one still had its original sleeve.


Pressed by Nippon Columbia, Kawasaki

A 93, 1946, Ko Biho & the Columbia Orchestra China Night / Hill of Pure Heart

Maroon label, later pressing. (see further down for first pressing example)

Japan Columbia A339
A 339, 1948.  Shizuko Kasagi - Tokyo Boogie Woogie / My Dear Little Box

Maroon label, later pressing (see further down for first pressing example)

A 1128, 1951. Nobuo Nishimoto & George Shimabukuro - Japanese Rumba / Grace Amemiya - The Song of Arirang

JL 7, 1952. Richard Powers - Gomennasai / Grace Amemiya - Song of Korea

Jo stafford Japan Columbia L47
L 47, 1952. Jo Stafford - It is no Secret / If

L 50, 1952. Rosemary Clooney - Rose of the Mountain / Come on-a my House

L 64, 1952. Johnnie Ray - Cry / The Little Cloud that Cried


Pressed by Teichiku Records.

Decca Japan DE52
DE52, 1952.  Red Foley & The Nashville Dixielanders - Dixie / Alabama Jubilee


Pressed by King Record Co, Tokyo.

Chiemi Eri was only 14 when she recorded a series of covers of popular American hits for King.
Some are in a mix of English and Japanese.

CL-101, 1951. Chiemi Eri - Com (sic) On-a My House / Tennessee Waltz

The same coupling on a diffreent serial number fixed the spelling error.

C-791, 1951. Chiemi Eri - Come On-a My House / Tennessee Waltz

C-806, 1951.  Chiemi Eri - Too Young / Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

CL-105, 1951.  Chiemi Eri - Blue Moon / Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

Hayama Cl107
CL-107, 1952.  Peggy Hayama & The Stardusters - Domino / Kiss of Fire


Pressed by Teichiku Records Co, Nara.

C-3119, 1950.  Unknown female singer and songs.


Pressed by Victor Co. of Japan, Yokohama.

V40303, ?date.  Yoshiko Yamaguchi - Yeh-Lai-Hsiang / Omoide No Byakuran

A third small collection was obtained in December 2021.  Again all were all post-WW2 - between 1946 and 1951.

There were three black label Columbias, all first pressings as indicated by the symbol to the left of the centre hole.

A 93, 1946, Ko Biho & the Columbia Orchestra China Night / Hill of Pure Heart


A 222, 1947, Ichiro Fujiyama Beloved / Nagasaki Butterfly


A 339, 1948, Shizuko Kasagi Tokyo Boogie Woogie / My Dear Little Box. Included lyric slip.


The Columbias were in original sleeves in green or blue.


The remaining records were all Teichiku.

C 342, 1946, unknown singer Diana / unknown

C 343, 1946, unknown singer Red River Valley / unknown

C 492, 1947, Betty Inada Souix City Sue / Malihini Merry

C 546, 1949, Dick Mine & his Serenaders Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider / Goodnight Sweetheart

C 562, 1951, Mine Koichi Some Sunday Morning / Bengawan solo

Last updated January 2022.
Thanks to input from Kato-Hopkins (78Online)