THE ALLURE OF JAPANESE VINYL Japan’s an extraordinary place to visit. I’ve been a few times now, to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. As well as the food, the architecture, the occasional weirdness of it all, Japan is also a great place to hunt for vinyl. Record shops in the cities seem to be thriving, certainly the ones I visited were doing a lively trade. For Western collectors, Japanese vinyl imports have long been sought after. Often sporting a customised Obi strip, the paper slipover…