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Podcast: Hi-Fi and Record Shopping in the Land of the Rising Sun

eCoustics Vintage Audio Editor, Eric Pye, goes record shopping in the land of the rising sun and explores why Japanese hi-fi culture is unlike any other in the world.

In September 2023, eCoustics Vintage Audio Editor, Eric Pye (@audioloveyyc) spent three weeks in Japan pursuing audio perfection in all forms. In this episode of the eCoustics podcast, he and podcast producer Mitch Anderson (@black_circle_radio)  discuss how Japanese “perfectionist” attitudes towards music have shaped a very different hi-fi and record shopping experience. 

Additional topics of discussion include Japanese jazz artists (including Ryo Fukui, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and Isao Suzuki), and why classical music is still so popular when interest has fallen off in many other countries.

Sponsor: Thank you to the sponsor of this episode, Marantz. You’ll want to check out their new Stereo 70s Slimline Receiver.

This episode was recorded on Friday, December 1, 2023. It completes a 2 part mini-series with Eric Pye on Japan’s Hi-Fi culture. In part 1 Eric Pye takes a journey to the Japanese Jazz Kissa.

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Where to listen:


No Music, No Life sign in Japan
Face Shibuya Record Shopping in Japan
Kit Speakers in Japan

Tip: Discover more about Japanese hi-fi culture with Eric Pye in Part 1: A Journey to the Japanese Jazz Kissa.


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