Yodobashi Camera song

Yodobashi Camera is one of the largest discount home electronics chain stores in Japan. After visiting a Yodobashi Camera store one of the things that you remember from the store is the atmosphere music. The original melody is catchy, sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it… mostly when you are more than 10 minutes inside the store and it is played more than 10 times!

These are the lyrics of the song:

♪丸いみんなのの山手線 真ん中通るは中央線 新宿西口駅の前 カメラはヨドバシカメラ
 ♪若者集まる新宿に うれしいカメラの店がある ビデオも時計もそろってる ビデオもヨドバシカメラ
 ♪新宿西口駅前に 大きなカメラの店がある パソコンワープロそろってる ゲームもヨドバシカメラ
 ♪よいママよいパパよい家族 電化製品 そろってる いつでもみんなの合言葉 家電もヨドバシカメラ

My quite free translation:
♪ The Yamanote line goes around in circles, the Chuo line cuts it in the middle, in the west exit of Shinjuku, there it is: Yodobashi Camera!
 ♪ In Shinjuku, where young people meet, there is a happy camera shop, there are also video cameras and watches in Yodobashi Camera!
 ♪ In the west exit of Shinjuku, there is a big camera store, there are also word-processors, there are also video games in Yodobashi Camera
 ♪ Good mothers, good fathers, good families, we have home appliances, that is our philosophy/motto, home appliances also in Yodobashi Camera

It turns out that the first Yodobashi Camera store opened in Nishi Shinjuku (West Shinjuku) in 1975, before that it was a simple camera shop located in the north of Shibuya. Nowadays there are 21 stores around different cities in Japan, among them the largest home electronics mall in the world.


Video with the most recent version of the Yodobashi Camera song.

A couple of photos of the first Yodobashi Camera, the one in the west exit of Shinjuku. It is the store that I usually go to.

Yodobashi Camera

ヨドバシカメラ

3 Comments
  • Amstrad

    July 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I can’t tell you how weird it would be to hear that song playing in a store in Tokyo as it’s essentially just a cover of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” which is commonly used as a patriotic song here in the US.

  • vincentvds

    July 18, 2011 at 4:05 am

    It drives me crazy to hear that song again and again in Yodobashi without end. I feel for the employees who have to hear this melody every day hundred of times

  • Roy

    July 19, 2011 at 9:20 am

    It took me a while to stop thinking about the Civil War everytime I went into Yodobashi 😉