Vinyl Shops in Tokyo, Japan and Japan in General

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by mikemoon, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. CMT

    CMT Forum Resident

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    Santa Rosa, CA
    Keep in mind the original purpose of the obi. The obi, of course, to some extent functions like a hype sticker, but I think they were originally developed for a different reason--simply because people couldn't read the Western languages that the recordings were published in. Current generations are much more familiar with and comfortable with non-Japanese text. There is much less need in Japan today for an obi to make the content of a recording accessible to its potential audience there.
     
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  2. MightyVinyl

    MightyVinyl Forum Resident

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    Does anyone have any news or updates on the situation in Japan?

    I've just booked my 2020 pilgrimage, although my wife is laughing at me, certain it will have to be cancelled due to concerns about the virus making a resurgence in the Fall/Winter. Currently booked Oct. 26th arrival thru Nov. 13 departure.

    Are the DU's staying afloat? I have been worried that with the sky-high prices of real estate (especially in Tokyo) it might be cause for store closures and the like.

    If all signs are GO come Sept./Oct., I may have to look into a day or two in Osaka & Kyoto as well. Sounds like fun, and with the lack of deals any longer it would at least make the trip a bit more exciting.

    If anyone has any updates on conditions for business' in Japan - even just from Japanese media - please post.
     
  3. MightyVinyl

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    TBH, that's a nice point but I don't think it has any bearing on the question here. Pure & simple, the obi's are fragile, easily torn and/or lost. As collectors want their copy to be as complete as possible - with both the obi & the original insert that usually accompanied a release - the copies with obi's are disappearing into the hands of collectors. The copies that are more prevalent are those that don't have the obi as they are simply less desirable. In some cases, the obi itself can be more valuable than the record it accompanied.
     
  4. CMT

    CMT Forum Resident

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    Santa Rosa, CA
    I may have misunderstood. I thought the implication in the post I replied to was that obi are less common on NEW releases, too. I was suggesting that that is likely at least in part because they are not as necessary as they once were, hence more releases have no obi to begin with. As you say, though, that has nothing to do with SURVIVING obi on used items.
     
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  5. candyflip69

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    Nope, that's how I understood it too. :righton:
     
  6. Johnny Ryall

    Johnny Ryall Forum Resident

    I get updates and notifications from most of the Disk Union stores and a few other shops: it looks like the situation is getting back to normal and it was announced the imminent lift of the emergency state. All shows and record fairs were obviously cancelled as well.

    I was supposed to have my annual pilgrimage last April, easter week. Booked in late January, got cancelled by the airline in late March, still fighting for a refund. Had to file a chargeback thru my credit card and it should clear in early June.
    Luckily the flight was the only paid for thing I had besides the japanese sim card for which I was able to obtain 70% refund.
     
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  8. Harvey Rickenbacker

    Harvey Rickenbacker Well-Known Member

    Gotta love the Emperor!

    Unfortunately we would still have to quarantine for 2 weeks when we got back to Australia at the moment. But here's hoping this changes before the year is out as we were hoping to go in November. And I'm more than happy to let the Emperor fund some of the trip.
     
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