With his goatee and finely pointed ears, James Vyner has a puckish quality that makes it difficult to imagine him, bewigged, in Her Majesty’s court. In an alternative life, yes, Vyner was a barrister.

Since moving to Japan nearly 10 years ago, Vyner has traded the rarefied atmosphere of the courtroom for the equally esoteric one of a record store. Mr. Bongo, the Japanese branch of London’s premiere dance music outlet, has become something of a clubhouse for DJs scouring the streets of Shibuya for the latest dance-floor fodder.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.