Turbo Sonic: Ghetto Blasters in Tokyo

Posted on October 2, 2006 Under Gadgetry

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic with this one. Every child of the 80’s remembers fondly their boombox (a.k.a. Ghetto Blaster). Remember walking down the street with your Ghetto Blaster on your shoulder, blasting Rapper’s Delight, getting sour looks from passersby who for some reason didn’t like the genre and/or volume of the music rupturing out of your ten inch speakers? The thing weighed more than your than your kid brother for god’s sake! Fortunately (for most of us at least), Ghetto Blasters have given way to much more socially acceptable devices we can use to listen to our music in public–the chassis of which weigh a lot less (see iPod for example). But the thought of the Ghetto Blaster still makes me feel warm inside, and I can’t help but to think that I would be the proverbial ‘kid in a candy store’ in Tokyo’s Turbo Sonic vintage boombox boutique. Turbo Sonic’s website is — as is to be expected — written in Japanese, but you can get some further insight into Turbo Sonic by visiting the Boombox Museum’s website and linking into photos from the author’s trip to Turbo Sonic. The Boombox Museum is a nifty little resource in itself. Enjoy.