Renown Japanese Manga Artist, Naoki Urasawa and a host of Analogue audio products including the twice Japanese Audio Excellence Award winner the British made Sonneteer Sedley phono pre-amplifier attended an evening of song and conversation hosted by the music producer Kouji Wakui. Better known for his Manga works of Yawara, Monster, Master Keaton and 20th Century Boys amongst others Urasawa is also affectionately known amongst our Japanese friends as an LP maniac. An early October weekend gathering of analogue enthusiasts, a guitar or two and an icon made for a perfect outing for music lovers and vinyl aficionados. The event was called ‘Analog school’. They did indeed use the american spelling to match the magazine cover shown in the picture . With Naoki Urasawa as the guest star (alongside the Sonneteer Sedley of course) Kouji Wakui hosted an evening talking about LPs and the sound quality of pressings down the ages with live music interludes by the Band Hilly Han Han.
The Sonneteer Sedley phono stage pre-amplifier which sits between your record player and your hifi system, winner of the top audio award from Japan in both 2006 and 2008 has become an icon of analogue audio reproduction globally and has been clearly taken to the hearts of the music lovers of Japan.
Thank you to Kyoji Arai of Allegro, Japan for the information in this report.