Yodobashi Camera

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Yodobashi Camera Co.,Ltd.
Type Kabushiki kaisha
Founded April, 1960
Headquarters Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Area served Japan
Products Electronic products
Employees 4,800 (2010)
Website Official site
Shinjuku Nishiguchi Store, in Tokyo
Yodobashi Akiba at night, in Tokyo
Yodobashi Umeda, in Osaka
Yodobashi Hakata, in Fukuoka

Yodobashi Camera Co., Ltd. (株式会社ヨドバシカメラ Kabushiki Gaisha Yodobashi Kamera?) is a chain store mainly selling electronic products. Currently, there are 21 stores in Japan. It also maintains two online stores in China; one with a limited selection of products from its Japanese online store through SBI VeriTrans that supports payments by UnionPay, and another it operates itself that does not but has a selection more closely matching its Japanese store.

The store's theme song is a bouncy cover of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.[1]

History[edit]

  • 1960 - Started off as Fujisawa Shashin Shokai
  • 1974 - Changed its name to Yodobashi Camera Co.,Ltd.
  • 1975 - Shinjuku Nishiguchi Store opens (first store created)
  • 1989 - Publishes Yodobashi Point Card
  • 1998 - Internet shopping store opens
  • 2005 - Akiba megastore location opens

Yodobashi happens to be the name of a former town and ward making up present day Shinjuku ward, where the company was founded.

In the 1970s Yodobashi camera store in Shinjuku sold 1/3 of all SLR cameras in Japan.

Stores[edit]

The store in Akihabara, immediately next to JR Akihabara station, is eight stories tall (plus some basement levels). It has restaurants on the 8th floor, and a shipping center and camera classrooms in the basement levels.

In Shinjuku near the west entrance to the JR station, Yodobashi has several tall stores close together.

In Umeda, Osaka, the store is 12 storeys, though the top four are a parking garage. The 8th floor, like in Akihabara, is also a restaurant floor. The building also includes Uniqlo and Comme Ça Store clothing stores.[2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yodobashi Camera Akihabara Theme Song". 
  2. ^ http://www.yodobashi-umeda.com/info/floor.html