Facing the music: Can Japan’s vibrant record culture survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Not the greatest article, not keen on the "We Japanese look after our records better than the barbaric foreigners" riff, "see, we handle the records by the edges" The bit on the new shimokita store "Pianola" was interesting though. Dude opened a store with only 1,500 records? In shimokita? "I was surprised at how much I sold in the first month. Since then, it’s calmed down a little and sales have been steadily good". Man, with only 1500 records your entire inventory could be sold in a month. Then what do you sell to make rent?